Good discussion of dietary changes to alleviate autism symptoms.
But, I'm dinging her 2 stars for leaving out what could the most potent diet for auti...moreGood discussion of dietary changes to alleviate autism symptoms.
But, I'm dinging her 2 stars for leaving out what could the most potent diet for autism: the GAPS diet by Natasha Campbell-McBride. Since the later was published 5 years before this book, I would have expected the author to at least mention it. (less)
Nice account of how difficult traditional farming can be; in that sense it is totally unlike most other books on the subject.
I'm surprised he didn't...moreNice account of how difficult traditional farming can be; in that sense it is totally unlike most other books on the subject.
I'm surprised he didn't think to cook some of the meat at the farmers' markets as samples--pasture raised meat is so incredibly tasty. (I'd buy it regardless for its nutritional density even if it tasted like shit, but the reality is, it needs zero seasoning--just some sea salt--and tastes incredible.) I'm guessing the farmers' markets didn't allow it.
If it encourages more people to buy directly from farmers, the book served its purpose. The way to rebuild the earth is absolutely through food (not the pre fab junk at the grocery store). I can't resist adding this: the only time I have a meal that exceeds a fast food meal's price is when I eat roasted pastured chicken. I'm buy only things like organic/chemical free produce, raw dairy, pastured meats. The secret is to prepare meals at home. If you start with nutrient dense foods, you don't need a culinary degree to make them taste like a 5 start chef prepared them; it just happens.
All I want to do is eat like my peasant ancestors.
Highly refined grocery store food is more like food for royalty and it is having the same deleterious effects on people who eat it as it did on the royalty who it made it popular. (less)
It doesn't have the endearing writing of Michael Pollan who usually writes on such things, but a really important book nevertheless. A must read.
To t...moreIt doesn't have the endearing writing of Michael Pollan who usually writes on such things, but a really important book nevertheless. A must read.
To think of all the time wasted and research done (both at great government expense) on CO2 levels causing global warming, when the solutions are right in front of our eyes and far cheaper than we imagine.
I've been optimist about the future for years though: farmers will come to holistic, synthetic chemical free agriculture--even if they'd rather not--as the costs of the current system rise and don't work as well as using biomimicry. (You can only fight God/nature's way at great expense or labor.)(less)
Decently entertaining, told in a breathless exaggerated tone that did get a little old. Probably would be much more entertaining as an audiobook.
The...moreDecently entertaining, told in a breathless exaggerated tone that did get a little old. Probably would be much more entertaining as an audiobook.
The problem with a tell all book like this--even if largely fictionized--is that it probably resulted in the chapter being closed--at minimum for hazing violations. (It would be pretty easy to figure out which fraternity on which campus--I'm guessing a large school, probably private, maybe public somewhere in the real South). That's gotta be a tough burden: being responsible for the shutdown of your fraternity chapter. If it wasn't shut down, both the school and the fraternity are worthless and should be avoided.
The author inadvertently points out the main problem with hazing: in the book, he's only close with his other pledge brothers. That's solely the result of the hazing.. It does exactly as advertised: it creates "strong pledge class unity" meaning that you have a fraternity chapter composed of a bunch of different pledge classes who aren't close outside the pledge class. When you're abused as a new member (even if most of it is fun), the grudges don't go away easily.
On the house itself, I'd bet it was built (or renovated) for 2 man rooms (versus the 1 man rooms in the book) with a shared bathroom and the attic was meant as a sleeping dorm. They had a really small amount of housed men, I was expecting a house that held 80+ men given all the activities in the book.
As for the "walks of shame", they don't happen much. If you don't want your brothers to see the not so good looking girl you had sex with, you get rid of her while its still dark. The good looking girls leave during daylight.
Damn, these guys drank a lot of really cheap liquor. Can't even imagine the hangovers from that stuff.
For a more serious read about fraternity brothers, I'd go with "Goat Brothers" about a group of fraternity men in the '60s whose lives turn out a little differently they what they expected. The best movie about fraternities is "Fraternity Row", loosely based on a hazing death at USC in the '50s. "Animal House" is just entertaining. (less)
Lots of ideas for localizing business transactions to generate those "jobs" politicians--operating solely under a tired model of subsidizing only huge...moreLots of ideas for localizing business transactions to generate those "jobs" politicians--operating solely under a tired model of subsidizing only huge businesses--fail to deliver.
I must admit that I was far more inspired by hearing him in person though than I was by the book. (less)
Far too much cutesy writing (as if he were doing questions and answers during a Long Now Foundation talk); the book would have been far better if he h...moreFar too much cutesy writing (as if he were doing questions and answers during a Long Now Foundation talk); the book would have been far better if he had reduced it by half. As the others said, you have to get past the first few chapters.
I have to give him major kudos for helping to publicize Allan Savory's holistic management/rotational grazing scheme which besides creating amazing soil fertility (and thus profitable farms), almost certainly is the cheapest/fastest/simplest/best way to reduce rising carbon levels in the atmosphere and ocean. Perhaps the idea is too simple and too cheap for it to get any press. He deserves a lot of credit for including it in a book mostly oriented about high tech. (less)
This is a beautifully photographed coffee table book featuring recipes from Florida farmers and chefs, with small blurbs about each. Really well done...moreThis is a beautifully photographed coffee table book featuring recipes from Florida farmers and chefs, with small blurbs about each. Really well done and, as far as I know, the only one of its type.
My only regret is that it was organized by course type (appetizer, main course, etc.) versus farmers in various sections of the state, so if you're looking for specific farmers around you, you have to flip around a bit. There is an index at the back of the book though. It does give you a nice look at the farmers you might never meet because you're buying from via vendors who sell for them at the farmers' market or food club. (less)