loved most of it, really disliked a few things. the good definitely outweighed the bad, though, so 4 stars,...morestill processing my thoughts with this one.
loved most of it, really disliked a few things. the good definitely outweighed the bad, though, so 4 stars, for now. :) ***
okay, coming back to this, a few notes about this book:
i want a copy to own. there was so much good information, good recipes, brilliant ideas that i would love to incorporate over time
(the woman who grew the amazing heirloom tomatoes in her greenhouse during the winter comes to mind)
i also learned many new things in her description of the Vegetannual (which you can find a picture of online at her website, along with the recipes from the book)
I appreciated the eye opening articles and information about Monsanto and heirloom vegetables.
the things that i didn't like:
i didn't like how when it came to eating meat, they seemed to over-talk it. if you eat meat, fine. great. awesome. but please don't compare chopping heads of lettuce out of the ground to chopping heads off of cows and chickens and pigs. they are NOT the same.
i can totally respect your decision to eat meat, but i think it does a disservice to compare killing animals to the "death" involved in gardening.
i was also confused over their stance on dairy. one sentence they are talking about how humans are the only mammals to drink the cow of other animals, how milk isn't meant to be consumed into adulthood, how lactose intolerance is a result of consuming a product that is not meant to be consumed, etc.
then in the next breath, she talks about drinking fresh unpasteurized cow's milk, making homemade mozzarella, etc. etc.
i guess her tendency to argue every side made her beliefs or opinions a little blurry, and made me more confused.
i also felt a great sense of turmoil over eating bananas and avocados and oranges and other things that just aren't grown in Iowa. they are delicious, they are healthy, and they are foods that my children love that don't come in a box, so as long as possible, i'll buy them. (we would obviously have to add those to our list of "luxury" items)
i was absolutely floored when she told the story of Camille's friend going grocery shopping with their family, and when asked if anybody would like anything, they showed such SHOCK when she dare ask for bananas. As though she asked for a bottle of Jack Daniels and a 2 liter of Coke. I think it's great that they "converted" another one for local eating, but it just seemed so inappropriate to make a young girl feel like her suggestion (THAT THEY ASKED FOR) was such a poor one.
in the end, i really did like the book. i feel that most of my frustration comes from my desire to change our family's current way of thinking about food and diet and the environment, and while this book opened my eyes in a few areas, this book did make things a little more confusing for me at the same time.
i am glad i read it, and i will definitely buy a copy in the future, but i'm definitely not in a position to follow it completely. you know, unless somebody wants to give us a farm in California, and a bank account full of money. ;) (less)
the librarian made me promise to bring cookies when i return the book. *****
okay, this book is amazing.
thank you, library, for making my decision to e...morethe librarian made me promise to bring cookies when i return the book. *****
okay, this book is amazing.
thank you, library, for making my decision to easy.
i NEED to own this book. it's really so so so good. i have 2 recipes to try this week before we go out of town (at Dustin's request. the cookies, are his request, not my leaving town) I have tried several Martha cookies in the past, and they all have been amazing, so i have no doubts about this book.
LOVE all the packaging ideas in the back of the book (to present cookies as gifts), and there is a great list of sources in the back, as well as popular cookie tools and techniques.
i love how the chapters are broken up into textures.
light and delicate soft and chewy crumbly and sandy chunky and nutty cakey and tender crisp and crunchy rich and dense
the pictures are perfect. i don't know how they consistently came up with creative ways to photograph over 175 cookies. genius.
martha, you are a genius. and i love you. that is all.
i pretty much skimmed/read this whole book during a particularly relaxing afternoon at B&N. would definitely like to have a copy of my own for fut...morei pretty much skimmed/read this whole book during a particularly relaxing afternoon at B&N. would definitely like to have a copy of my own for future reference :)(less)