I had the pleasure of reading and very interesting book last weekend. The One Straw Revolution was written by Masanobu Fukuoka and published in 1975. I'm not sure my review of this book can do it justice but I'll certainly do my best.
The One Straw Revolution should be a requirement for anyone even remotely interested in food, health and gardening. Do you eat food? You should read this book. Are you interested in organic food or gardening methods? Read The One Straw Revolution! It was a great insight into how growing food has evolved and not really for the best.
Preface from Wendell Barry:
"Like many in this country, and sooner than most, Mr. Fukuoka has understood that we cannot isolate one aspect of life from another. When we change the way we grow our food, we change our food, we change society, we change our values."
I usually read "how-to" garden books so this was a change. The One Straw Revolution is one mans journey through life and the lessons he learned in life and on the farm. Fukuoka "worked" the fields as little as possible and put back what was not edible. It's more of a "farmer's Philosophy" book and I really enjoyed it!
Additional books by Masanobu Fukuoka: