I saw the exhibit at the museum and I’ve been working my way through the book since then, first a friend’s copy and then a copy from the library.
My faI saw the exhibit at the museum and I’ve been working my way through the book since then, first a friend’s copy and then a copy from the library.
My favorite piece, early in the exhibit and in the book, is an abstract painting, in black and white and red (blood?) with the caption: “Everybody knows where meat comes from It comes from the store.”
That’s the brilliance of this art, the social commentary. A lot of it was done during the AIDS crisis in NYC, so a lot of the art is about that.
As far as the art: too many penis depictions for my taste, but otherwise great fun. It has a lot of whimsy and themes of social justice. The art shines in the context of what the artist was trying to communicate, particularly his street art. Lots also re religion, war, racism, technology, capitalism, and modern times.
True political art. I admire it.
For me? Art as beauty? Some of it, yes, some of it fun, some of it likeable in context. Important work? Yes!
The art exhibit also has a biographical film which was excellent.
Gorgeous hardcover book with lovely photos, though not of every recipe. 4 stars. star off because it was an inspired idea but then a lot of countrieGorgeous hardcover book with lovely photos, though not of every recipe. 4 ½ stars. ½ star off because it was an inspired idea but then a lot of countries were missing and there were so few recipes for each country and region, and I found myself wanting more. The sampler format did work though. I got in some armchair traveling with not only the recipes but also the text info that accompanied each of the recipes and at the beginning of each section. I still wish that Canada and many missing European countries had been included.
I like that the recipes have various designations, such as quick and easy, gluten free/option, soy free/option, no oil, low oil, etc. There is a glossary, some suggested menus, a list of online resources, basic and global pantry lists, and the index seems okay.
For me, overall, there was too much vinegar, cooking alcohol, vegan dairy substitutes, coconut, and too much sugar in both savory and sweet dishes. But I’ve always loved this author’s recipes and that was mostly also true in this book.
The recipes that most intrigued me are: From the Europe section, from Italy: Trofie alla Pesto with Green Beans and Potatoes; Polenta Rustica with Kale and Bean Ragout; Sicilian-Style Cauliflower, and from France: Pissaladere; Roasted Ratatouille with Basil Pistou; Basil Pistou; Mousse au Chocolat, and from Spain and Portugal: Vegetable Paella; Eggplant Piri-piri, and from Greece: Spankakipita Tart, and from Eastern Europe: Halushki, and from the British Isles: Cottage Pie; Cauliflower Colcannon; Portobello Pasties; Lemon Posset, and from the Americas, from the United States: Blue Ribbon Chocolate Layer Cake; Brown Bread with Walnuts and Raisins, and from Mexico: Avocado and Tomato Salsa Verrines; Black Bean and Butternut Tortilla Bake; Black Bean Caldillo; Chipotle Corn-Stuffed Peppers, and from the Caribbean: Spicy Plantain Fritters with Mango-Papaya Relish; Roasted Corn Chowder; Red Bean Stew with Mango, and from South America: Bolivian Quinoa Pilaf. and from Africa: Moroccan Lentil and Chickpea Soup; Black-Eyed Pea Fritters (Akara); Injera; Vegetable Tangine, and from the Middle East: Kale-Stuffed Phyllo “Pens”; Sleek-Stuffed Eggplant with Pomegranate Sauce; Zaatar Roasted Cauliflower, and from India: Manchurian Cauliflower; Kofta Curry; Vegetable Momos; Cardamom Chickpea Cookies, and from Asia: from China: Almond Cookies, from Thailand: Eggplant Satays, and from Japan: Temple Soup; Sesame-Spinach Donburi, and from Korea: Sweet Potato Dessert, and from Vietnam: Pho Chay; Sizzling Saigon Crepes, and from the Southeast Asia Islands: Singapore Mei Fun; Eggplant Rempeh.
Recommended for cooks and cookbook readers who want recipes from a variety of ethnic cuisines. It’s a beautiful, gift worthy cookbook. ...more
Why on earth was this the book I could quickly sail through, when I’m struggling with so many other books?! It literally gave me nightmares. Thank gooWhy on earth was this the book I could quickly sail through, when I’m struggling with so many other books?! It literally gave me nightmares. Thank goodness it has some comic relief and family aspects in the narrative. I felt horrified (I guess I was supposed to) and I could never work there, at least not on a similar unit. The place seems to have changed so much. I was there as a student 3 decades ago, and while there were some forensic psych patents there, more on the adolescent unit than the adult unit of the units to which I was assigned, it was nothing like what this author describes.
I have really mixed feeling about the author and this book. It was able to hold my attention but some connection was missing for me. I did take away, yet again, that we have a broken system, in so many ways....more
The last 1 to 2 years I’ve been much less enthusiastic about writing book reviews. I usually still review novels and most full length non-fiction booThe last 1 ½ to 2 years I’ve been much less enthusiastic about writing book reviews. I usually still review novels and most full length non-fiction books, but even though I thought writing reviews could be helpful for some readers, I’ve almost ceased to write reviews for vegan cookbooks, art books, and picture books. But after rereading this one a few times, and loving it more with every reread, I decided I should say at least a few words about it.
I’m also happy to see that there is a sequel, and I’ve reserved it at the library.
The pictures here are just enchanting. Very simple but very pretty and they tell the story just as well as the words do.
I love the character Maple, how sweet and kind and thoughtful she is. I enjoyed the imaginative and free form play in which she engages. The story is fun, and funny. I laughed a bit, smiled a lot. I enjoyed the love of nature that shines through the pages, and also the showing of the seasons and of outdoor play.
It’s a particularly fun book to read aloud. I read it aloud (without visuals, though I described some of them) to an adult friend and she loved the book too. I would thoroughly enjoy reading this one to a child/children.
It’s a fine book for anyone but particularly apropos for children whose families are about to have a new baby/child in the family and children who appreciate nature and using their imaginations....more
Well, this one was different. There is extreme profanity throughout; it’s part of the book’s concept, weaving its way through the entire text. It’s goWell, this one was different. There is extreme profanity throughout; it’s part of the book’s concept, weaving its way through the entire text. It’s going to fill a niche market, I suppose, reaching people who might not otherwise reach for a vegan cookbook, or certain vegans who think the presentation is the best thing ever. Unfortunately, it’s going to completely turn off some cookbook readers/users, and that’s a shame because the recipes are really good and worth reading, making and eating. I knew what to expect and I was amused, and I found it somewhat entertaining for while but then, for me, all the swearing got tiresome and I was just trying to read the recipes and the extra helpful information that’s included. I was expecting many obscenities but I guess I wasn’t truly prepared for their volume. However, the recipes are excellent, and I welcome many kinds of vegan cookbooks so as to appeal to the widest range of cookbook readers who are vegan or vegan interested or simply looking for some good recipes.
There are many recipes that appealed to me. I really appreciate that most recipes seem easy to make, that many times whole grains are used, and I also loved the pages with ideas for putting together dishes such as how to build a salad and how to build a bowl and how to roast garlic, etc. There are some good photos of the food (though not for every recipe) and other photos too.
From the breakfast section I’m especially interested in: quinoa oatmeal; mixed veggie and tofu chilaquiles; basic maple granola with add in ideas; tofu scramble tacos; brown rice bowl with edamame and tamari scallion sauce; whole wheat banana pancakes; oat flour griddle cakes with blueberry sauce; baked okra and potato hash.
From the salads, sammies, and mini meals section these looked particularly good: roasted broccoli and millet pilaf; braised winter cabbage and potatoes; sweet corn and green chilis baked flautas; smoky black-eyed peas with roasted sweet potatoes and collards; baked Spanish rice; and some of the baked tofu marinades.
From the soups and stews section, these recipes: vegetable noodle soup with ginger miso broth; pozole rojo; corn and basil chowder; potato leek soup; pumpkin chili (Yes!, #1 on my list! Though perhaps I could say the same about a dozen other recipes in this book. There are so many appealing ones!); tortilla soup; chickpeas and dumplings; wedding soup with white bean balls and kale.
From the salsas, sips, and the snack life section: cumin-spiked pinto bean dip; creamy black bean and cilantro dip; mid-summer salsa; salsa verde; and peach-mint sun tea.
From the burritos, bowls, and other bomb-ass meals, these looked best to me: (these first two vying for recipe #1 with the soup recipe in that section!!): creamy ravioli with house marinara; mixed mushroom and spinach lasagna; and also sweet potat0, squash, and black bean enchiladas; cauliflower cream pasta with fresh herbs; roasted chickpea and broccoli burritos; white bean and red lentil burgers; and root veggie fries.
And from the baked goods and mother fucking desserts section: chocolate fudge pops; crispy millet and peanut butter buckeyes; maple-oat banana bread; carrot cake cookies; and chocolate chip and almond butter cookies all looked delicious.
The above recipes don’t necessarily represent the scope of all the recipe variety in the book; they’re simply the ones that personally most appealed to me.
I recommend the book going in knowing what to expect, for the excellent mostly healthy, reasonably easy to make, and delicious looking recipes....more
Once again, I’m all caught up with Patricia Polacco books! I’ve read them all. I hope there will be many more in the future.
In the vein of Mr. LincolnOnce again, I’m all caught up with Patricia Polacco books! I’ve read them all. I hope there will be many more in the future.
In the vein of Mr. Lincoln’s Way (about a school principal who brilliantly deals with bullying), Thank You, Mr. Falker (a teacher who helped Polacco with her learning differences in learning to read) and The Art of Miss Chew (an inspiring art teacher the author had who nurtured what would become her passion), and The Junkyard Wonders (with a special education teacher who knows how to let her special ed students soar), this is another story about a wonderful drama teacher, one who helps Polacco overcome her fear of public speaking.
Actually, at first, this account seemed a bit too miraculous to be believed, and I even wondered if it was really true, until the final lines that is, and then it seemed completely credible.
I really appreciate Polacco’s stories of supportive and inspiring teachers. In addition to the drama teacher in this book, there is also the English teacher that sees her struggle to speak to a group and introduces her to the drama teacher.
This is a gem of a book. I dived into this story and snuggled in. It was a real comfort read for me. Thank you to Goodreads friend Kathryn; I doubt I’This is a gem of a book. I dived into this story and snuggled in. It was a real comfort read for me. Thank you to Goodreads friend Kathryn; I doubt I’d have found this book without her!
There is so much to love here. both the child and adult characters are fully developed. I love that each character is given their due and that both children and adults are shown with each of their strengths and challenges and commonalities, and believable feelings and personalities. The same goes for the dogs and to some extent the other animals. I got attached to most of the characters and cared about them.
Even though I am an ethical vegan, all the food made me hungry. I love when stories have foods that are so evocative. I enjoyed how the kids fully participated in the needed chores. I loved the pretend and other play. I loved the exploring and imagining that was done. I really felt as though I were there, from the train ride to the big house and to the other homes and buildings and countryside.
I appreciated how people changed and evolved, and communicated. The way the people are depicted is very psychologically sophisticated. I really like that the adult characters are shown learning and changing and having “their issues” the same way as the kids are. Developing adult and not only just child characters is unfortunately not universally done in books for young people. In this way, this book was ahead of its time!
The illustrations are outstanding. They’re fun and beautiful and charming, and detailed, and they really add to the story. I love the illustration and the story line around the very top rounded room at the top of the great house.
Everything about this book is winsome.
4 ½ stars, down ½ star because there are some slightly sexist, possibly slightly racist, and classist, other not modern sensibility pc things. These are all things that were routinely written when this book was published and also when I was the targeted reading age for this kind of book. Because of anachronisms such as this, I often prefer modern children’s literature for today’s children. While I’d be fine with children reading this book, if they weren’t already worldly wise I’d want them to read or be read to along with some discussions. Maybe it’s why the book hasn’t stayed in print but there are so many other books of its era that are in print and widely read that are no more pc and in some cases are not as good books as this one is.
If I’d had it read to me at ages 6-8 or read it on my own at ages 8-10 or 11+ it would have been a favorite. I loved it today too. My heart ached at times, at times I laughed, but the entire experience was a “cozy” one. I know the people and dogs will stay with me. I’ll have to look up this author-illustrator and see if they have other books available to read.