October 19, 2007

Weekend Reading: Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide

Fair Trade beginners guide.jpgSpeaking of Fair Trade Month, why not pick up a copy of Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide by Jacqueline Decarlo. Here's the description from Amazon:


Grounded in the inspiring power of Fair Trade as a positive alternative to poverty, environmental destruction, and human exploitation, this enlightening book explains how we can make a difference. Providing an accessible explanation of the principles behind the movement and tracing its development into the powerful economic and social justice tool it is today.

Available at Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 12, 2007

Weekend Reading: Building the Green Economy

Building-Green-Economy.jpgEarlier this week, we mentioned Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots. Written by Kevin Danaher, Shannon Biggs and Jason Mark, the book includes essays and interviews describing how community groups, families, and individual citizens have taken action to protect their food and water, clean up their neighborhoods, and strengthen their local economies.

AlterNet's excerpt of an interview with Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute has me intrigued to read more.

Available at Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 9, 2007

Building the Green Economy: Excerpt on AlterNet

Building-Green-Economy.jpgAlterNet's top story comes from the new book Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots.

They excerpt an interview with Anuradha Mittal, Founder and Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, a non-profit research and advocacy organization that works to ensure public participation and democratic debate on crucial economic and social policy issues. Her take on the biggest problem in the U.S.:

(F)ood, instead of being about communities, is now about commodities. It is controlled, not by the family farm, growing food for families and communities, while maintaining bio-diversity; it has come to mean large corporate industrial agriculture farms, where machines have replaced farmers, where monocultures have replaced biodiversity, where corporate agribusiness has replaced family farms. What we see as a result is a disconnect between us and the food system where we have been reduced to mere consumers. So we have to rethink our relationship with the food system before we can effectively challenge that.

Read AlterNet's excerpt from Building the Green Economy.

Buy Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

October 5, 2007

Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food

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Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Alice Waters' new book The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution.

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September 28, 2007

Weekend Reading: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

Bittman-how-to-cook.jpgWe've said it before - vegetarianism is the new prius. (Well, actually, the folks at Treehugger said it, but we totally agree.)

In another sign that eating less meat has become mainstream, Mark Bittman, author of The Minimalist column for The New York Times offers up How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

We're big fans of Bittman's How to Cook Everything cookbook, which features tasty recipes using minimal ingredients and prep time. Bittman offers up simple recipes and easy-to-follow instructions, followed by numerous variations. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian includes more than 2000 recipes and variations.

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian ships October 15th. We can't wait to pick up our copy.

Order How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

September 7, 2007

Weekend Reading: Adventures of an Italian Food Lover by Faith Heller Willinger

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Admit it. Summer's over. Time to head back to school, back to work, back to everyday life. But that doesn't mean you can't dream about being somewhere else.

Personally, I'm headed to Italy, with a copy of a beautiful cookbook and set of stories from Faith Heller Willinger called Adventures of an Italian Food Lover.

Willinger, a contributor to Epicurious who lives in Florence, has compiled stories and recipes from friends across Italy into a sophisticated and highly readable book that pays tribute to warm, talented people, fresh local ingredients and the meals you can enjoy when you bring them together. With listing information for restaurants and buying information for products as well as recipes, it comes off as part cookbook, part guidebook, and part love letter to a country that Willinger has gotten to know through its cuisine.

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Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

August 3, 2007

Weekend Reading: The Diaper-Free Baby

41Rlb8awvqL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpgFor our baby shower, Nicole gave me a copy of The Diaper-Free Baby by Christine Gross-Loh. I've been reading through it while I'm feeding him, and I have to admit I'm intrigued.

The book's premise is that babies are aware from birth of their need to go to the bathroom, and that they give off certain cues - just as they give cues when they want to eat or need to be burped. By learning those cues, and responding to them - a process called elimination communication - parents can toilet train their kids at a very young age (even as infants).

Practicing elimination communication takes a lot of work and a lot of patience. But the book argues that there are benefits (financial, ecological and emotional) to using it even just periodically -- and offers advice for full-time, part-time and occasional practitioners.

Buy The Diaper-Free Baby.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

July 6, 2007

Weekend Reading: Whole World Books and CD

She's got the whole world in her hands,
She's got the whole world in her hands,
She's got the whole world in her hands,
She's got the whole world in her hands.

Hey, why not? Whole World, the popular children's song, released as a book and CD set with singing by Fred Penner and illustrations by Christopher Corr.

The book includes tips on making the world a better place. A portion of proceeds benefit global environmental conservation.

Buy the Whole World book and CD set.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

June 29, 2007

Weekend Reading: Paul Hawken's Blessed Unrest

512-IvTliCL._AA240_.jpgPaul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution, has a new book out about the history of the environmental and social justice movement. It's called Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming. We haven't read it yet, but it's on our list.

From the Publisher's Weekly review on Amazon:


Hawken traces the formation of the environmental and social justice movement from the beginnings of natural science across years and continents in this rousing and "inadvertently optimistic" call to action. Though it's argued that globalization; extinction of species, languages and cultures; and economic policies advantageous to the rich have degraded quality of life worldwide and engendered large scale feelings of fear, resentment and powerlessness, Hawken remains surprisingly hopeful. Strength, he contends, lies in the many thousands (if not millions) of nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to environmental protection and social justice that collectively form a worldwide movement geared toward humanity's betterment.

Available at Blessed Unrest.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

June 8, 2007

Weekend Reading: Vegan with a Vengeance

51TFFjknAVL._SS500_.jpgRuss and I are not planning to become vegans. But we're always looking for ways to eat more healthfully and "lower on the food chain." Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is the perfect introduction to eating vegan-style without giving up good tasting foods.

Moskowitz, whose most recent book is called Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, is the queen of re-making non-vegan favorites as vegan dishes. Recipes in Vegan with a Vengeance include vegan versions of Spanakopita, Matzo Ball Soup, Glazed Orange Scones, and Seitan-Portobello Stroganoff. And, obviously, her vegan dessert recipes totally rock.

Buy Vegan with a Vengeance.

Jess Brooks at Permalink social bookmarking

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