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In the Forest Kitchen Garden

Permaculture books telling you how to grow things abound.   They are many, varied and wonderful.  For some reason, however, permaculture books telling you how to EAT what you grow in interesting, creative and delicious ways are not, in fact, very abundant.   This is a pretty serious gap, given that in many cases, it…

Hi Folks – Sorry for not announcing this sooner.  Here are the winners. Email me at jewishfarmer@gmail.com with your address! Where There Is No Doctor: Karen (for her daughter) Where There Is No Dentist: Sarah Where Women Have No Doctor: Farmer Amber Thanks again to the kind donor who sent them and also to all…

50 Years After Silent Spring

It is the nature of popular books to inspire people to wildly overstate their importance.  The most stunning example is Abraham Lincoln’s statement upon meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862 “So you’re the little lady who wrote the book that started this great war.”   While _Uncle Tom’s Cabin_ was an incredibly important book, one that…

Seussian Paradigm Shift

I wrote this for Dr, Seuss’s 105th birthday, and thought it was worth posting (a bit belatedly) for his 108th. I once read an incredibly entertaining literary critical analysis of _The Cat in the Hat_ which began from the premise that all the action in TCITH is an attempt to fill up the overwhelming absence…

I admit it, I’m a generalist in a world of specialists, and I always have been. Looking back on my career history, for example, I see the way I attempted to make the academic model of specialization adapt to my own taste for generalism – my doctoral project was a little bit insane, integrating demography,…

What To Eat, Cookbook Edition

As the steam bath of summer abates and cool air moves in, as labor day weekend marks the end of swimming and time to start thinking about things like firewood and school, I find I regain enthusiasm about really cooking again. During the summer, I’m often a tepidly enthusiastic cook – it is so easy…

I didn’t expect to like _Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother_ – in fact, I expected to hate it. Instead, I found it funny, charming and moving – and give Amy Chua a lot of credit for having the ovaries to expose herself. I didn’t just like the book, I loved it. If that seems…

Summer is just about here, and you need some summer reading. Light. Fuzzy. Delightful. Amusing. Perfect for the deck chair or the sand. Nevermind the fact that you are a low-energy, transitioning, cheap, homseteading type, and your deck chair is probably planted on your porch, and the sand is the local playground sandpit – hey,…

Remember how I said I was going to do 31 book reviews in January, and well…didn’t? On Friday, I finally got reliable internet back, just in time to shut down for the sabbath, so now I’m playing catch up. Got to get about 25 book reviews done today. That should happen, right? Just a reminder…

12 Books for Every Sustainability Nut

Note: I’m way behind on my 31 books resolution – I’ll have to hurry to catch up. In the meantime, will you count these 12? I bet you don’t own them! Worms Eat my Laundry by Alcea Grovestock – Worms are hot – in-house domestic composting is everywhere. But have you considered the way red…