one of the largest ideas i've ever encountered. simple talk that helps clarify and define one's own longings for the Earth.
the public discourse on enone of the largest ideas i've ever encountered. simple talk that helps clarify and define one's own longings for the Earth.
the public discourse on environmentalism is presently focused on the small acts of individuals (canvas grocery bags, turn off the water when you brush your teeth, etc.). the planet will still be f***ed no matter how much we reduce, reuse, recycle. this book says, "hello! there are problems in our infrastructure. production must change. business must change. the efforts of soccer moms and college vegetarians are a drop in the bucket. what's producing the problem? Cars. Homes. Trash. Let's get to it." i really wish this book would begin to have more influence in the way we (the conscientious, politicians, neanderthals, everybody) discuss these issues.
i wish there were a c2c sequel which would approach the severe state of delapidation our natural systems are in. i'm looking for the book from these guys that will deal more with regeneration than just purity. we're in such crisis we've got to get more proactive. (i can't wait for a post-analysis of china's pre-olympics efforts.)
c2c seems pointless at times because a voice in your head says "you will never see this in the world". i like reading about things that make one's heart say "impossible". beginning to think about the "impossible" opens you up to the quiet but nagging suspicion that maybe it is all possible. ...more
This book is so wonderful. It focuses on the unspeakable: how much women hate their bodies. What we are ashamed of we are silent about. Courtney MartiThis book is so wonderful. It focuses on the unspeakable: how much women hate their bodies. What we are ashamed of we are silent about. Courtney Martin lets it all out: how food marks us as good or bad. How exercise marks us as good or bad. How our paycheck and resume marks us as good or bad. She encourages us to stop criticizing ourselves because our disordered eating and hateful thoughts are at the worst killing us and at the least stunting our potential.
The last chapter was the most inspiring as she imagines how we can begin to live in a different way than society has set out for us. I love this: "You may choose to order a burger instead of a salad simply because you feel like it. Or you may choose to order a salad instead of a burger because you realize that your pleasure in life comes from many sources, not just food." She encourages us to acknowledge and feed our myriad hungers, instead of living a life of denial, self-flagellation, dieting. She encourages us to make exercise truly fun (she does African dance!) instead of a penance.
If you've ever put yourself down when looking in the mirror please read this book!...more
My only problem with this cookbook was that most of the recipes had too many ingredients for day to day cooking. However, you can easily simplify manyMy only problem with this cookbook was that most of the recipes had too many ingredients for day to day cooking. However, you can easily simplify many of the recipes (especially the soups and stews). This book gets me excited about eating my fruits and veg. Beautiful food photography. ...more
This book made the scientific aspects of food accessible to me. To this day this book continues to be the foundation of my ideas about good eating andThis book made the scientific aspects of food accessible to me. To this day this book continues to be the foundation of my ideas about good eating and health. ...more
This book is good because it makes environmental issues more accessible and simple. This book takes an unapologetic look at how farmers misuse land, aThis book is good because it makes environmental issues more accessible and simple. This book takes an unapologetic look at how farmers misuse land, and then seeks to outline a set of values the author believes can preserve the Earth. I like that the book centers on a conversation between two individuals; I believe open conversation is one of the most important sites of environmental progress. It's all about changing minds through awareness. ...more
This book is like Healthy Life Kitchen in that I will never make any of the recipes as prescribed. Either the prep requires a machine I don't have, orThis book is like Healthy Life Kitchen in that I will never make any of the recipes as prescribed. Either the prep requires a machine I don't have, or my Kroger doesn't carry one of the hippie ingredients. However, this book makes you excited about healthy food (aka fruits and veg), and excitement is necessary in the day to day battle of getting healthy....more
**spoiler alert** During the first three chapters of Eating Animals I felt disappointment. It seemed as though Foer's ever-charming and ever-cheerful**spoiler alert** During the first three chapters of Eating Animals I felt disappointment. It seemed as though Foer's ever-charming and ever-cheerful wit had gotten lost in too many numbers, too many facts. But then on page eighty-three I laughed out loud at the mention of rugelach in a compound adjective, and it was like a spell had been cast. I was engrossed in the book from that moment on.
First, I must tell you that I bought and read this book because I adore Foer’s novels and I wanted to enjoy more Foer prose. I did not want to change my eating habits. I did not want to educate myself. I read this book solely in search of a pleasurable read. Now that I’ve finished the book, I must warn you that this book requires action of its reader, an ethical response. This book will make you a vegetarian. I know many people become vegetarians because celebrities are doing it. Or like me when I was 17 (for about five years), as an attempt to lose weight and be healthier. This book will make you a vegetarian for infinitely more compelling reasons. Like the fecal contamination in meat. The potential end of antibiotics as a viable treatment for illness. The amounts of animal feces being dumped in rivers and sprayed into the air by design, systematically. Billions of animals living in pain because they were bred with untenable proportions. Billions of animals kept in inhumane confinement. (Having just read Someone Knows My Name, the descriptions of slave ships kept coming to mind when Foer detailed the filth, disease, and death within the housings of poultry and pigs.) Billions of animals given a horrifying death (like being dismembered while conscious). The thousands of workers daily affected by the horrors of the industrial slaughterhouse. A business model that has designed into it that x-number of animals will die from illness and confinement as an acceptable cost of “efficient” production. Today, all meat in grocery stores, at fast food chains, at restaurants, all meat everywhere, organic or not, comes from an animal that lived its life at a factory farm and that suffered its entire life. Foer claims that less than one percent of meat produced today is done so outside of the factory farming system. If these are not compelling enough reasons for us to stop eating meat than we have gone mad, or more accurately, we have gone numb. The moment I was convinced to be a vegetarian (for the second time in my life) was after reading the section “The Life and Death of a Bird” (on page 129). The number of animals living horrible lives is unacceptable. The fact that humans design these systems of torture and call it industry is unacceptable. So I will be a vegetarian as a way to reject these systems and to advocate for their speedy end.
As an obese person, food and eating is a big deal to me. Sadly, but honestly, food is very near to if not the center of an obese person’s existence. Food and eating in my mind is inextricably linked to my body and to shame (a very different shame than Foer talks about). When I eat I think about my most intimate self, that is my naked self and all of my fat deposits: my thighs, my stomach, my arms, my ass, etc. Eating is an extension of my obsession with fat. Eating is also a daily battle between my desire to be healthy and my desire to satiate my taste buds. It is a war zone peopled by images of beauty and ugliness. As visceral and all-consuming as this internal drama is for me, this book amazingly allowed me to step out of that drama for a moment. How narcissistic I have been to think of eating as only having to do with me: my body, my emotions, my desires, and my preoccupations. In my drama, the animals are not characters. The animals do not exist. I think the absence of the animals in my thoughts related to food is not unique to me. I venture to say that this is common for most people today. How narcissistic. In my food drama, I am a sympathetic character. I am not the villain, but rather the helpless victim of an unfortunate body and an unforgiving society. Foer’s book dramatically recasts my role in the food chain. When I eat meat I do harm, I cause pain, and I hold power over another helpless being. This is the truth, and I never thought of it until today. I am known for touting the virtues of Taco Bell, especially their $1.49 Nacho Supreme: so much flavor, so cheap, I would say. That is the story of food in America: how does it taste? and how much does it cost? Marginally, we might ask, will this make me fat? We have forgotten the animals, but the animals are still there and they’re being abused. It is unethical. It must stop. Does the lack of public information and our ignorance of the lives of animals exonerate us from blame? Does our naivete make our eating habits any less violent and unethical? It does not.
Please read this book. You will come out the other side a vegetarian, but don’t worry. You will feel a sense of peace and pride after making the decision. You will also feel nervous. (I actually am more nervous about how other people will respond to my decision than I am about not eating meat.) Change is scary, but my conscience keeps telling me, “this is right.” Here’s to a future of cruelty-free food....more
The first recipe I tried was the sloppy joe recipe. The flavors were too intense for me so next time I'm going to reduce the chili powder and the tomaThe first recipe I tried was the sloppy joe recipe. The flavors were too intense for me so next time I'm going to reduce the chili powder and the tomato paste. Also, I'm going to try the cauliflower hummus this week....more
Spicy Broccoli Soba Saute, p. 310 Drunken Beans, p. 322 Chilean Bean Stew, p. 304 Sesame Rice, p. 146 Lemony Baked TThis week I want to try the following:
Spicy Broccoli Soba Saute, p. 310 Drunken Beans, p. 322 Chilean Bean Stew, p. 304 Sesame Rice, p. 146 Lemony Baked Tofu, p. 223.
I will report back with how it goes. ---- update 9-11-10:
I have made the spicy soba several times. I love perfectly cooked broccoli drenched in soy sauce and garlic. The drunken beans were also very good. I bought squash for the chilean stew but ended up roasting it rather than making the soup recipe :P...more