An evolving page of things to expand your knowledge.

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Want to learn more about the issues and topics in my blog? Explore the categories below. 


Begin here: The Fundamentals


Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day, Leanne Brown

Brown’s cookbook focuses on healthy and easy recipes that fit the SNAP (AKA food stamps) daily budget. Also available online as a free PDF. Click here to purchase Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day.


Fed Up

This documentary claims that the obesity crisis is mainly caused by processed foods and a common ingredient in them: sugar. Click here to purchase Fed Up.


Food Chains

This documentary shows how the people who grow and harvest much of our food are marginalized and deserve so much more. Click here to purchase Food Chains.


“A Guerilla Gardener in South Central LA”

This TED Talk outlines Ron Finley’s vision for a thriving community through food gardening.


The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, Michael Pollan

This book traces the origins of 4 types of modern American meals, and in the process schools us on the industrial food system. Click here to purchase The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.


A Place at the Table

This documentary highlights the pervasiveness of food insecurity in the United States and offers concrete solutions for addressing it. Click here to purchase A Place at the Table.


Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, Michael Moss

This book reveals the diabolical engineering of  processed foods and why we can’t stop eating them. Click here to purchase Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.


“Teach Every Child About Food” 

This award-winning TED Talk makes Chef Jamie Oliver’s case for bringing nutrition and cooking education to schools and communities.


Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, Dan Barber

This book envisions what we should be eating in the future in a fascinating global journey. Click here to purchase The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.

Taste: Food, Food Studies, & Agriculture



This 4 part Netflix documentary series traces methods of cooking food and how cooking makes us human. Also available in book form. Click here to purchase the book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.


Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies

Interdisciplinary journal about all things food. Click here to purchase a one year subscription to Gastronomica.


Slow Food

International organization dedicated to preserving and savoring traditional foods, ingredients, and their preparations. Click here to purchase Slow Food Nation: Why our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair.


The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities

Will Allen’s inspiring story of building an urban farm in Minneapolis to bring jobs, fresh food, and hope to a community in need. Click here to purchase The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities.


Christine Rai YouTube Channel

Check out my YouTube channel for food videos, including originals by me like Jacques Pepin’s visit to the Smithsonian in 2017. Please like and subscribe while you’re there.

Travel: Savoring our World


Travel as Political Act, Rick Steves

This book empowers us to be more than a mere tourist when traveling. Click here to purchase Travel as a Political Act (Rick Steves).


Lonely Planet

This guidebook series has always been my go-to for affordable and authentic travel to a range of destinations. You can also check out their fun compendiums for inspiration. Click here to purchase Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 and The Travel Book: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet).


Christine Rai YouTubeChannel

Check out my YouTube channel for original travel content by moi, including all sorts of frolicking in France, Italy, and more. Please like and subscribe while you’re there.

Teach: Let’s Learn

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Friere Institute

Paulo Friere was a Brazilian educator who believed that education should be a tool of transformation for learners and our world. Click here to purchase Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 30th Anniversary Edition and Education for Critical Consciousness (Bloomsbury Revelations).


Gastronomy Master’s Program at Boston University

This program of study was founded by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin.


United Nations University for Peace

Institution devoted to peace and justice studies.


Food Fight

Music video featuring a Dead Prez member that is part of a anti-obesity curriculum.


bell hooks

Radical educator sounds off in the humanist tradition of Friere, daring to teach in a way that honors students and the transformative process of learning. Click here to purchase Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (Paperback) – Common


Christine Rai YouTube Channel

Check out my YouTube channel playlists for my favorite videos to use in teaching and for professional development. Please like and subscribe while you’re there.

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