eat a farm burger & support SPD

from 5-9PM
@ farm burger
1313 Ninth St, Berkeley

 On October 5th, join SPD at farm burger in Berkeley from 5 to 9 pm.
10% of the proceeds from a nice, juicy burger, go to SPD!

Because, ok, we can all agree burgers are the best, right? Currently, burgers are the only thing that can sort of make anybody feel happy to be an American (hang on, is that even possible?). Like eating a burger has such an Americana element, but like the semi-alright Americana - like the the concept of Main Street, USA and that Coca-Cola commercial in the 60s that used song and friendship to mask imperialism.

Like eating a burger in any place makes you wanna go, "Awww, yeah." Whether at a barbecue, waiting in the grill line, or at the vegan restaurant your friend wanted to try, and especially when in a car in a McDonald's parking lot, shoving a Big Mac into my mouth without swallowing. Because how can anyone say no to a burger?

You just gotta say "Awww, yeah."

So come join us on October 5th, eat a burger (or a vegan burger) and support SPD! And if you're too lazy to show, check out the books below and buy one to help us out — they're even on sale:


We hope the biggest FOOD FOR THOUGHT you take away from our sale is this: "Are burgers and sandwiches the same thing?" We have no idea, but please, please, think about it and get back to us.


Steph Curry / Sports
In the Kitchen
Chicken of the Sea
Eat Your Vegetables
Happy Meal
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
Food is the Best Medicine
You Are What You Eat
Farm to Table
Food Pyramid (these days, it's a plate)
The Empty Fridge


Steph Curry / Sports

Okay, so the real lyrics are "I been Steph Curry with the shot / Been cookin' with the sauce, chef, curry with the pot, boy," but SPD here prefers the Ayesha Curry version titled "Chef Curry with the Pot." Sometimes you need to take attention away from Drake, y'know? And honestly, Ayesha Curry has bars. These are titles for when you have some excellent bar food, but no sports game in sight.

Beauty Was the Case That They Gave Me

(Factory Hollow Press, 2011)
By Mark Leidner

The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays

(Invisible Publishing, 2016)
By Andrew Forbes


(Pelekinesis, 2014)
By Don Skiles

The Diamond Alphabet: Baseball in Shorts

(BookThug, 2011)
By George Bowering

Negro League Baseball

(Fence Books, 2011)
By Harmony Holiday

World Ball Notebook

(City Lights Publishers, 2009)
By Sesshu Foster

Bartleby, the Sportscaster

(Subito Press, 2010)
By Ted Pelton


(Make Now Press, 2008)
By Kenneth Goldsmith


(Host Publications, 2006)
By Edilberto Coutinho


(99: The Press, 2013)
By Jim Cavan, M Kurylo, S Rosenthal, R Silverman

In the Kitchen

It's safe to say the kitchen holds domestic reign in a home. In a kitchen, people prep, cook, and converse. In a kitchen people sneak food late at night, dance around, blast music. Kitchens are also places for arguments, huge messes, and forgotten food in the back of the fridge. Kitchens can both be domestic and somehow also the antithesis, a space where much more happens than what is initially perceived. Titles include cookbooks, domestic intrusions, and thoughts on what "home" really means.

Stargazer's Kitchen

(Synecdoche, 2015)
By William Hicks and Maggie Hazen

A Korean Kitchen Companion: 28 Recipes for Korean Dishes

(Seoul Selection, 2014)
By Jia Choi

Nobe's Kitchen

(Copper Beech Press, 1998)
By Quintin Prout

A Compendium of Domestic Incidents

(Noemi Press, 2011)
By Joanna Ruocco

Domestic Disturbances

(Subito Press, 2013)
By Peter Grandbois

The Place I Call Home
(NYQ Books, 2012)
By Maria Mazziotti Gillan

Call Home
(Scarlet Tanager Books, 2005)
By Judy Wells

The Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital
(Autonomedia, 1989)
By Leopoldina Fortunati 

No Texting at the Dinner Table
(NYQ Books, 2014)
By Christopher Goodrich 



(Saturnalia Books, 2015)
By Jay Nebel


Chicken of the Sea

Jessica Simpson is honestly a game changer. When you think about it from the video, "Is this chicken or fish?" is presented as more of a philosophical question than anything else. Or at least, that's what I choose to believe. These titles here are to help further the ideological discussion began by Simpson of what exactly is Chicken of the Sea — we know it's tuna, we know it's a brand, but what is it?

Tiny Fish that Only Want to Kiss

(Itna Press, 2016)
By Gary Indiana

The Mystery of the Seventeen Pilot Fish

(Plays Inverse Press, 2016)
By Mike Kleine

Fishing On The Pole Star

(Dos Madres Press, 2014)
By Paul Pines

Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike

(Bull City Press, 2015)
By Emilia Phillips

(Nomadic Press, 2017)
By Natasha Dennerstein

To look at the sea is to become what one is: An Etel Adnan Reader (2 Vol. Set)

(Nightboat Books, 2014)
By Etel Adnan

The Following Sea

(Black Lawrence Press, 2013)
By Marcel Jolley


Feed Mayonnaise to Tuna

(MPMP / Press Otherwise, 2016)
By Mariano Herman Spina/Novoa and Jacob Paul 


Eat Your Vegetables

Super athletes Carl Lewis, Fiona Oakes, Mac Danzig, Heather Mills, Patrik Baboumian, and Meagan Duhamel are all fueled by a plant-based diet. Then there's Popeye and his spinach. And we're pretty sure The Hulk isn't green just because of the gamma radiation. He's probably a veggie lover, too. Veggies make you do amazing things, you know? And books are plant-based, so they're basically veggies too, right? Feed your mind with these green (or green-themed) books. 

ABC of Fruits and Vegetables

(AngoBoy (Sofia, Bulgaria), 2012)
By Stanley H. Barkan

Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening

(The Green Lantern Press, 2017)
By Caroline Picard, Editor

Buck Studies

(Fence Books, 2016)
By Douglas Kearney

Evolutionary Heart
(Nomadic Press, 2016)
By Nazelah Jamison 
A Salivating Monstrous Plant
(Cordite Books, 2017)
By Tanya Thaweeskulchai 
85% True/Minor Ecologies
(Skeleton Man, 2017)
By Kristen Gallagher 
(The Word Works, 2017)
By David Eye 
(National Poetry Foundation, 2002)
By Ron Silliman, Ed. 
(Counterpath Press, 2016)
By Joey Yearous-Algozin 

Happy Meal

What makes a meal happy, really? Well, it can't be boring, for one (as any parent knows all too well). So something to color helps. And exciting stories about exciting food adventures help. Sharing the meal with friends helps. And daydreaming about awesome role models doing awesome role-model things helps. Nourishing your body nourishes your mind, right? Whether it's body food or brain food, nom nom is bliss.  

Jellybean Mouse
(Ronsdale Press, 2014)
By Philip Roy

Food Face

(Soberscove Press, 2014)
By Carrie Solomon

And We Shall Share the Sky

(SeedStar Books, 2017)
By Allina Robie

The Rainbow Zoo

(Scarlet Tanager Books, 2016)
By Lucille Lang Day and Gina Aoay Orosco

The Crazy Creatures Colouring Book

(Pelekinesis, 2014)
By Liz Parkinson



Epicurious: So you've chewed through pretty much everything, and you're still so fricking hungry! And maybe even bored. You need something rare, special, and/or complex to satisfy your appetite. Hey, sometimes things that are rare, elaborate, or hard to swallow are the most nutritious! Give these delicacies a nibble. 

Foodoodles: From the Museum of Culinary History

(El Leon Literary Arts, 2010)
By L John Harris

From the Heart to the Center

(The Figures, 1977)
By Summer Brenner


(The Figures, 1980)
By Alan Bernheimer

Roberts Pool Twilights

(Cardboard House Press, 2017)
By Elsa Costa (Translator), Roger Santivanez

Tea: Legend, Life and Livelihood of India

(Red River, India, 2006)
By Gautam Prasad Baroowah

After-Dinner Declarations

(Host Publications, 2009)
By Nicanor Parra

The Guests Go in to Supper: John Cage, Robert Ashley, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Et Al

(Burning Books, 1986)
By Sumner, Burch and Sumner, Editors

Eating The Colors Of A Lineup Of Words: The Early Books Of Bernadette Mayer

(Station Hill Press of Barrytown, 2015)
By Bernadette Mayer

Supple Science: A Robert Kocik Primer

(ON Contemporary Practice, 2013)
By Robert Kocik


Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

I love aphrodisiacs. Have you ever had a romantic weekend? You probably ate a whole bunch of oysters drizzled with honey. Wasn't that nice? Didn't it feel exciting? Well, it felt exciting for a reason. Because those foods are aphrodisiacs, which stimulate desire. You know what else are aphrodisiacs? Books! Cause the brain is sexy. Experts say that the brain is the sexiest organ and they're right... because they're experts.  

Kiss Me Again, Paris A Memoir
(IF SF Publishing, 2017)
By Renate Stendhal 

Common Sexual Fantasies, Ruined

(Cordite Books, 2016)
By Rachael Briggs

Negativity's Kiss

(Presses Universitaires de Rouen, 2014)
By Alice Notley


Sex and Death

(sunnyoutside, 2016)
By Ben Tanzer

Writers Who Love Too Much

(Nightboat Books, 2017)
By Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian, Editors


Hot, Wet, and Shaking: How I Learned To Talk About Sex

(Invisible Publishing, 2014)
By Kaleigh Trace


Mutant Sex Party & Other Plays

(Anvil Press, 2012)
By Ed Macdonald

237 More Reasons to Have Sex
(Otoliths, 2009)
By Denise Duhamel and Sandy McIntosh 

Food is the Best Medicine

I think there is nothing better in life than feeling good. I mean think about it. Seriously think about it. Give it some thought. Isn't there something that all of your favorite memories have in common? Yes, there is. They all happened when you were feeling good. That's why you enjoy those memories so much. Am I right or am I right?

Yoga for the Mind: A New Ethic for Thinking and Being & Meridians of Thought
(Upper West Side Philosophers, Inc., 2013)
By Michael Eskin and Kathrin Stengel

How to Feel Confident with Your Special Talents

(Black Lawrence Press, 2014)
By Carol Guess and Daniela Olszewska

Korean Medicine: A Holistic Way to Health and Healing
(Seoul Selection, 2013)
By Inn-hee Hur


Barbell Buddha: The Collected Writings of Chris Moore

(Maida Vale Publishing, 2017)
By Chris Moore
The Feel Trio
(Letter Machine Editions, 2014)
By Fred Moten 

You Are What You Eat

If I want to know something about somebody, I usually just look at what they're eating, because that can tell you a lot. It gives you a lot of insight, you see. But if I don't have access to what someone is eating, the next best thing would be to read their autobiography and/or memoir. This can also give you a lot of insight into a person. Unless their memoir is full of lies. Then we would probably consider that to be a novel.  
I Remember
(Future Tense Books, 2012)
By Shane Allison


Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada and Surrealism

(City Lights Publishers, 2016)
By Philippe Soupault

Girlvert: A Porno Memoir
(A Barnacle Book, 2011)
By Oriana Small


What We Do: Essays for Poets

(Chax Press, 2016)
By Michael Gottlieb


Hook: A Memoir

(Augury Books, 2015)
By Randall Horton

Laundry Lines: A Memoir in Stories and Poems
(Inanna Publications, 2015)
By Ann Elizabeth Carson 

I Am Not Ashamed

(Spurl Editions, 2016)
By Barbara Payton

Farm to Table

From gluten-free to low-dairy, organic to paleo, and whatever the hell have you, I honestly don't know up from down anymore when it comes to our contemporary palate. Seems to me that these days, people are just really into denying themselves something tasty and then calling it something ridiculous like 'The Beverly Hills Diet.' Whatever. I've always just thought that food's guaranteed to be healthy as long as there are very few steps between your mouth and the place it comes from. But someone just told me that that's a new food trend that they call, "Farm-to-Table," damn it. Either way, here's your farm-fresh, Californian, SPD goodness. 

Learning by Doing at the Farm: Craft, Science, and Counterculture in Modern California
(Soberscove Press, 2014)
By Robert Kett & Anna Kryczka, Editors

Why I Farm: Risking It All for a Life on the Land
(Bona Fide Books, 2013)
By Gary Romano

Farmer Strives to Preserve Old Ways

(Content, 2013)
By Canner MEFE

Farm for Mutes

(MAMMOTH books, 2013)
By Dimitri Anastasopoulos


A Little Farm Story

(Harbor Mountain Press, 2010)
By Jay Mead

The Ghost Farm

(Pleasure Boat Studio, 2010)
By Pamela Stewart


Goat in the Snow

(Birds, LLC, 2012)
By Emily Pettit

The Goat
(Junction Press, 1999)
By Mervyn Taylor 

The Difficult Farm
(Octopus Books, 2009)
By Heather Christle 

A Silent Joy: The Diaries of an Italian Hill Farm
(Blackberry Books, 2006)
By Etain Addey 


From spam to scrapple to hot dogs, mystery meat horrifies most people. The wet-looking, vaguely pinkish grey meats give off a Soylent Green vibe. Is it simply just processed food or... another wet looking, vaguely pinkish grey meat not as popular to eat recreationally? Its insides are so ground up that the options are much more sinister than a little bit of ham and a little pork congealed together. But man, honestly, sign me up for the sodium. The saltier, the better. It almost makes up for the strange squishy texture of each bite, and the immediate panic that it's human flesh. There are worse things to put in your mouth in the grand scheme of things and I won't ever blame you for drunk-eating the two-year-old Vienna sausages left in the back of the cabinet.

Potted Meat
(Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016)
By Steven Dunn

the meatgirl whatever
(Fence Books, 2013)
By Kristin Hatch
(BookThug, 2006)
By Rob Read 

The Old Asylum: And Other Stories
(Sagging Meniscus Press, 2016)
By Wheeler Antabanez

The Tales of Horror: [A Flip-Book]
(Kelsey Street Press, 1999)
By Laura Mullen 

Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf
(Edge Books, 2017)
By Gardner, Gordon, Mesmer, Mohammad & Sullivan, Eds.


Animal Encounters

(Cool Grove Press, 2014)
By J P Harpignies


Pigafetta Is My Wife

(Black Ocean, 2010)
By Joe Hall

Food Pyramid (these days, it's a plate)

 Remember when you were younger gazing at the food pyramid that specific day in middle school gym class or seeing a poster in your teacher's room. The food pyramid was fun because you could clearly see all the foods you did and didn't eat. And somehow nuts and beans were lumped in the same group and you got super confused. Apparently, it's a food plate now, but I will never forget how little we followed the food pyramid. Here are some titles that encompass everything you loved and didn't understand (because to be honest, it was not that informative) about the food pyramid.

Lunch Portraits

(Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016)
By Debora Kuan

Dinner with Emerson

(Tiger Bark Press, 2016)
By Wendy Mnookin

Feast: Poetry and Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner

(Black Lawrence Press, 2015)
By Diane Goettel & Anneli Matheson, Eds


Gastrology or Life of Pleasure or Study of the Belly or Inquiry into Dinner

(Quale Press, 2009)
By Archestratos

The Transparent Dinner

(Mayapple Press, 2006)
By Christine Hamm

The Meaning of Lunch

(MAMMOTH books, 2000)
By Dan Leone


Appetite for the Divine

(Ashland Poetry Press, 2010)
By Christine Gelineau

Discovering Flavor

(99: The Press, 2015)
By Helen Labun Jordan 



Plays from an absence of plenty. The organizing principle here — rebuilding from tragedy — selects books in a way that flattens the experience, as though these weren't individual and personal lessons. From Samuel Delany's "Racism and Science Fiction" — "But what racism as a system does is isolate and segregate the people of one race, or group, or ethnos from another. As a system it can be fueled by chance as much as by hostility or by the best of intentions." Each of these plays are incredibly unique: in style, tradition, and content, though unified in their subject of rebuilding from devastated populations. Taking the time to consume these works moves them out of the chilly fridge of human experience and onto your must-read shelf! 


(Plays Inverse Press, 2017)
By Catherine Theis 

The Devil on All Sides and other plays

(EXIT Press, 2015)
By Fabrice Melquiot

Bloodletting in Minor Scales [A Canvas in Arms.]

(Plays Inverse Press, 2014)
By Justin Limoli

Vaqueeros, Calacas, and Hollywood: Contemporary Chicano Plays

(Bilingual Review Press, 2013)
By Carlos Manuel, Editor

Snakes of Kampuchea: a trilogy of plays about Cambodia

(EXIT Press, 2011)
By Mark Knego

What's an Indian Woman to Do? and Other Plays

(UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 2010)
By Mark Anthony Rolo 


(Host Publications, 2006)
By P. Marcos, L. Assumpcao and Consuelo de Castro

Stories of Our Way: An Anthology of American Indian Plays

(UCLA American Indian Studies Center, 1999)
By Hanay Geiogamah and Jaye T Darby, Editors 




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