Slow Food Nation

By Carlo Petrini

(Rizzoli New York, $22.50)

In the 20 years since he founded the slow-food movement, Italian food and wine writer Carlo Petrini has studied places where people have managed to avoid the troubles associated with mass-produced groceries. In his new book, Petrini draws on his experiences to illustrate his belief that by changing what we eat, we can change the world.

Wendell Berry:Life and Work

Edited by Jason Peters

(University of Kentucky Press, $35)

A farmer, poet, essayist, and conservationist, Wendell Berry has dabbled in so many spheres that it’s almost impossible to pin him down in one volume. But this new book of essays comes awfully close. Berry’s friends and colleagues reflect on the many accomplishments of the Kentucky native. 

The Lazy Environmentalist

By Josh Dorfman

(Stewart, Tabori, & Chang $14.95)

Environmental activism has never been so easy. Dorfman advises people on everything from clothing to construction—and beyond. There’s even a section on environmentally friendly investment portfolios (how to green your green, if you will).

Cape Wind

By Wendy Williams and Robert Whitcomb

(PublicAffairs, $26.95)

A wind farm on Cape Cod could be part of the solution to America’s energy crisis, but an affluent group of homeowners worry that turbines will mar the pristine shoreline. This new book is as much an ode to wind power as it is a sociological portrait of a community. 

Story by Susan Cosier. This article originally appeared in Plenty in June 2006. This story was added to MNN.com.

Copyright Environ Press 2006.