Check this: I've assigned NINE texts (sadistic, I know) and they have read them - with passing quiz scores to substantiate this claim. I'm so excited for how this class is responding, I literally look forward to coming to class everyday.
Here is the book list, divided by topic:
From Agriculture to Agribusiness: Some Food History
Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture. Sierra Club, 1986.
Upton Sinclair, The Jungle. See Sharp Press, 2003.
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. Penguin, 2007.
Eric Schlosser, Chew on This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food. Houghton Mifflin, 2007.
Food Politics, Nutrition and Health
Marion Nestle, Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. 2nd ed. University of California Press, 2007.
The Global Food Economy: Half Obese/Half Malnourished
Mark Winne, Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty. Beacon, 2009.
Raj Patel, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. Melville, 2008.