On the Shelf: Grid contributors produce some worthy additions to your summer reading list

Each month, Grid boasts the work of some of the Philadelphia area’s most talented writers. In this issue, we’re proud to shine a light on some of their endeavors outside the magazine, as a handful of writers affiliated with Grid have new books out, or due to be released in coming weeks.

Lauren Mandel

EAT UP | The Inside Scoop on Rooftop Agriculture

New Society, 288 pp., $29.95, May 2013

The first full-length book about rooftop food production is finally here, thanks to Philadelphia native and Grid contributor Lauren Mandel. The book looks at three scales of rooftop gardening: home gardening, commercial farming and the rooftop agriculture industry. The practices and practicality of rooftop agriculture are thoroughly explored in a book meant for curious individuals, business owners and policymakers alike. With a growing urban population, Mandel’s book is an important and innovative perspective in addressing the world’s current and future food needs. You can purchase her book and browse through some of the pieces that she’s written for Grid on the same subject at gridphilly.com.

Tenaya Darlington

Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes and Pairings

Running Press, 256 pp., $25, May 2013

Grid’s regular contributor from the world of cheese is the resident blogger for Di Bruno Bros. The pairing of an extensive cheese house with a passionate and articulate spokeswoman has been an exciting project for both parties, and has led to a guide book for the masses. With fun and colorful language, the book provides a thorough map through the cheese counter with directions on how to buy and pair nearly any cheese in the shop. All that’s left for you to do is eat and enjoy! You can read some of Darlington’s cheese reviews at gridphilly.com or read her blog, madamefromageblog.com, but the book puts it all in one place.

Jon McGoran


Forge Books, 384 pp., $24.99, July 9 2013

Grid’s editor in chief is also the author of Drift, a thriller about genetically modified foods coming out in July. Cops, drugs, violence and classic thriller tension take an environmental twist when a narcotics detective is thrown into the drama of Pennsylvania farmland.

“McGoran impressively integrates concerns about genetically modified produce with an action-filled storyline and fleshed-out characters…” says Publishers Weekly, in a starred review. “The disturbing, but scientifically plausible, secret at the heart of the bad guys’ schemes is an original one, and McGoran makes the most of it.”

The book launches July 9 at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Read more at jonmcgoran.com.

Sarah E. Adams is the editorial intern at Grid and can be found working for Bennett Compost at a farmers market near you.