Reading list of the picky girl

My learning style is such that I learn best when I’m choosing to learn, when I’m actively participating, and when I actually write things. I keep a journal because writing down my ideas makes me remember them more than typing does. I play Free Rice because it makes new vocabulary stick more than daily emails from Dictionary.com do. I get better grades in classes I care about than classes I don’t.

That’s a no-brainer. Anyway, I tend to choose to read about things more than asking people or observing, because I’m just that kind of learner. I love to read about everything, as you can see from my GoodReads account. When it comes to food, diet, and wellness, it’s hard to find books that are as good as online sources, just because it’s a field that is constantly changing, one whose facts are compromised by politics. But I love reading about food and science and wellness, from chef memoirs to recipe books to scientific, economic, or social deconstructions of food culture. Here is a list of everything I have read so far that I have shelved on GoodReads as “food.” Now I want to greatly expand my reading, both because it’s fun and because it helps me refine, alter, play with, and enjoy my dietary issues.

I am compiling a list of books I want to read and/or topics I want to read about. If you have a suggestion in the form of a book, please tell me. Or if you know of a good blog or website, tell me about it. Or if you just know how to answer one of my questions, answer it!

Topics I’m curious about:
1. Candida and diet.
2. Why can I not process cow’s milk products, and yet it’s not a milk allergy or lactose intolerance? Also, why no cow, but goat okay?
3. Binge eating.
4. Connections between cravings and nutrient deficiencies.
5. Smells/scents/essential oils and diet/health.
6. Pilates.
7. How to better utilize my Crock Pot, and what else I can do with it aside from stews and soups.
8. Food and psychology.

Things I plan on reading:
1. The Living Beauty Detox Program by Ann Louise Gitelman
2. Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
3. La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltre
4. The Way We Eat by Peter Singer
5. An Alphabet for Gourmets by MFK Fisher
6. What To Eat by Marion Nestle
7. Eat, Memory edited by Amanda Hesser
8. Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

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