A Whole Systems Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Food Choices

Gigi Berardi


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The definitive food lover's guide to making the right choices amidst a sea of ever-changing information

We live in a culture awash with advice on nutrition and eating. But what does it really mean to eat healthy? FoodWISE is for anyone who has felt unsure about how to make the “right” food choices. It is for food lovers who want to be more knowledgeable and connected to their food, while also creating meaningful dining experiences around the table. With more than thirty years of experience in farm and food studies, Gigi Berardi, PhD, shows readers how to make food choices and prepare meals that are WISE: Whole, Informed, Sustainable, and Experience based. She offers practical guidance for how to comb the aisles of your local food market with confidence and renewed excitement and debunks the questionable science behind popular diets and trends, sharing some counterintuitive tips that may surprise you—like the health benefits of eating saturated fat! FoodWISE will revolutionize how you think about healthy, enjoyable, and socially conscious cuisine.


Gigi Berardi:
GIGI BERARDI is a professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. In addition to teaching food and geography classes in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, she currently homesteads 25 acres with her family in the San Juan Islands in Washington, where she milks sheep and makes cheese. She maintains a popular food blog ( and has written numerous articles for both newspapers and scientific journals. A self-proclaimed "foodie," Gigi Berardi has over 30 years experience in food and farm studies. She received her BA in biology with high honors from John Muir College, University of California San Diego and degrees (MS, PhD) from Cornell University in Natural Resources and Resources, Policy, and Planning. Berardi was a Fulbright scholar, and her articles and reviews have appeared in newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, the Anchorage Daily News, The Olympian, The Bellingham Herald, and scientific journals such as BioScience, Human Organization, and Ethics, Place, and Environment. Her public radio features (for KSKA, Anchorage) have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists. She is an elected member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.