Garrett M. Broad. More Than Just Food: Food Justice and Community Change. University of California Press, 2016.
I particularly wanted to read this book for two reasons, one personal and one professional.
First the personal. The book’s University of California Press publication was supported by the Anne G. Lipow Endowment Fund for Social Justice and Human Rights, established by Stephen M. Silberstein. Anne and I were friends from the time our children were babies. Sadly, she died in 2004. Steve, her husband, set up this endowment in her honor.
On the professional side, More Than Just Food is based on Garrett Broad’s dissertation research. As he explains,
More Than Just Food offers an ethnographic exploration of community-based food justice activism in urban America, using the network of Community Services Unlimited, Inc. (CSU) as a centering artifact of study. CSU was initially created as the nonprofit arm of the Southern California chapter of the Black Panther Party and today stands as a leading food justice nonprofit organization in its own community of South Los Angeles, with connections to other food justice groups from across the United States and around the world.
To study this group and food justice organizations in general, Broad joined the CSU and participated in its activ…