PCC Reads: Top 10 most popular books sold at PCC

Some of the best book suggestions come from strangers. I'll peek at titles on the plane, on the bus, in waiting rooms, and on best-seller lists. So it's fun knowing what our PCC community is reading! This list is based on the past 12 months of sales at all nine stores. Have you picked up any of these on a shopping trip? How have they affected your life? I already know I want to pick up No. 10 as gifts for artistic friends and No. 3 and No. 9 for my pals obsessed with cooking with local and sesonal ingredients. No. 6 will be my sister-in-law's Christmas gift (no peeking, Kim!).

 (courtesy Nikki McClure)

Glad to see so many local chefs, nutritionists, bloggers, artists, gardeners, PCC Cooks instructors and more in this list!  

10. "Things to Make and Do: A Journal" by local artist Nikki McClure

9. "Local Vegetarian Cooking: Inspired Recipes Celebrating Northwest Farms" by Debra Daniels-Zeller

8. "Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back ... And How You Can Too" by Shauna James Ahern

7. "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" by Phyllis Balch

6. "Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook" by Isa Chandler Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero

5. "Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life: Unleash the Healing Power of Fresh Juices and Cleansing Diets" by Cherie Calbom, MS and John Calbom, MA

4. "The Juice Lady's Guide to Juicing for Health: Unleashing the Healing Power of Whole Fruits and Vegetables" by Cherie Calbom

3. "Washington Local and Seasonal Cookbook" by Becky Selengut, Jen Sayers Bajger, James Darcy and Jennifer Ogle

2. "Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children and Their Parents" by Cynthia Lair 

1. "The Maritime Northwest Garden Guide" by Rob Peterson and Carl Elliott

(Selection varies by store. Call your local PCC to check on supply).

Speaking of books, I'm still trucking through "In Defense of Food," Michael Pollan's latest food-related tome. I'm in the Bad Science section, cringing as I remember how much margarine I ate as a child. It makes me wonder what we're eating now that we'll regret 20 years into the future? Or perhaps it will be the vessels from which we eat it? Reading his timeline of "nutritionism" in this country makes me smile, thinking how even how as a third grader I sensed no one should eat that much oat bran! 

On tap for next month: "Farm City: The Education of An Urban Farmer" by Novella Carpenter. Thanks to local Zagat Survey and Northwest Palate Magazine editor Alicia Arter (@aliciaarter on Twitter) for the suggestion! Ping me (@nwfoodette on Twitter) or comment on the blog to suggest future books we can enjoy together!

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