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Ripe from Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating (No Matter Where You Live)
Ripe from Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating (No Matter Where You Live)
by jae steele
Edition: Paperback
Price: $18.46
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and fresh recipes, June 17, 2010
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jae steele's first cookbook was a delight, presenting her unique spin on health-conscious veganism. However, she has surpassed herself with this sophomore effort. The introductory sections provide clear guidance through the jungle of issues which arise when one tries to cook and eat in a local, sustainable, ethical way. jae allows for complexity, and encourages her readers to examine the information and make their own conscious choices. Her recipes teach the practical application of the material covered in the earlier chapters. We have made several recipes (the tomato-chard bake, pad thai in the raw, mexican stuffed peppers) so far. Not only have the dishes been excellent and easy/quick enough for a worknight, but most of the ingredients came from our garden or our weekly community supported agriculture share. Whether you care about food politics, good recipes, or both, jae's book is a must-have.


I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to reclaim Her Heritage
I Am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman's Journey to reclaim Her Heritage
by Mary-Ann Kirkby
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars an intimate journey into a little-known world, June 11, 2010
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Mary-Ann Kirkby was born and spent her early childhood in a Hutterite colony. The Hutterites are a communal church with roots in the Radical Reformation. She provides a beautifully detailed look into her community's life -- both from her own eyes as a child, and from her parent's more tension-fraught perspective. Her family eventually leaves and makes its way in the outside world. Forgiveness and reconciliation - both individual and larger - run through the book as guiding themes. I sense that writing this book was a process through which Kirkby reached reconciliation with the divergent aspects of her past.

I Am Hutterite is engagingly composed and will appeal to the general reader, as well as to anyone interested in Hutterite or general Anabaptist studies. My only criticism is that the author stops the story too soon. We see Kirkby's family transition from their Hutterite faith to an evangelical-revivalist church while she was a teenager. However, we are left to wonder where her journey of faith has taken her since then. Clearly, her faith is important to her, and she states near the end of the book that she will always be Hutterite at heart. But what does that mean? Perhaps the answer will come in a second book. I hope so.


Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream
Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream
by William Powers
Edition: Paperback
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complex journey into simplicity, May 5, 2010
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William Powers allows us to accompany him on a journey winding inward as he spends time in a tiny off-the-grid cabin in rural North Carolina. Powers, who travels and works around the world, was only borrowing the cabin for a short time, and we repeatedly see the contrast between his expansive life and the different kind of expansion brought by the external contraction of the cabin. In the early pages, I worried that he was being overly romantic about this lifestyle, the cabin's owner (a local physician), and his neighbors. However, as the book progresses, a more complete, and sometimes difficult and disappointing, picture emerges. It is a thoughtful and lovely book, which deserves to be read slowly. Powers writes: "There is a point where we must let the feel of water on bare feet replace books and spiritual practices. They can be very helpful as guides, as structures, as inspiration, but can also, if we hold on to them too tightly, obstruct the most important thing: an unmediated facing of the world as it is, which is to say, as we shape it." (198-199) With lucid grace, Powers leads the reader toward putting down the book, and facing the world with renewed vision.


Wine Cocktails: 50 Stylish Sippers That Show Off Your Reds, Whites, and Roses (50 Series)
Wine Cocktails: 50 Stylish Sippers That Show Off Your Reds, Whites, and Roses (50 Series)
by A. J. Rathbun
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passport to an underexplored realm, May 5, 2010
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Prior to picking up AJ Rathbun's new book, if asked about wine cocktails, I would have scratched my head. After a few minutes, I might cough up a couple of classics like the mimosa and sangria - and, if truly pressed, a kir royale. However, "wine" and "cocktail" were mostly mutually exclusive categories in my mind. Rathbun, deservedly well known for his other books on spirits, has shattered my narrow point of view. He provides a wide selection of wine-based drinks, from neglected wonders (the Magic Man) to new delights (the Blue Wave). The book is well-produced, with attractive photographs, and ample, but not overwhelming, commentary. I can't wait to have a summer party to share these drinks with friends.


Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine
Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine
by Max Watman
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fascinating and wide-ranging journey, March 31, 2010
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With bright, engaging writing, Max Watman takes us on a trip through America's love affair with illegally manufactured liquor. He gives us a glimpse of his own past experiments in distilling, interviews moonshine makers and legal microdistillers, and looks back upon the history of the US through a whiskey-colored lens. I was especially impressed by the section on Prohibition, its possible intent, and its aftermath. Watman sent me on a quest for the (excellent) products of microdistillaries, and led me to hope that we will see legalization of hobby distilling in the near future. Even a teetotaler will enjoy the great storytelling and cultural analysis in this fine book.


Finding Martha's Place: My Journey Through Sin, Salvation, and Lots of Soul Food
Finding Martha's Place: My Journey Through Sin, Salvation, and Lots of Soul Food
by Marcus Brotherton
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars powerful story of faith and triumph, March 2, 2010
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I was initially drawn to this book due to my interest in Southern culinary traditions. Martha Hawkins is the force behind Martha's Place, a justifiably famous soul food restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama. While she provides some of her recipes (although not the lima beans!), I was quickly drawn into the story of her life, and the gradual unfolding of her dream to create a restaurant. Martha has overcome poverty, racism, and violence to build a welcoming place, using food to invite others into the same positive transformations of life that she has experienced. Her faith and spirit shine bright in these pages. Even if you are "not the praying kind," Martha's determination and unselfish vision will surely inspire.


American Vegan Kitchen
American Vegan Kitchen
by Tamasin Noyes
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.68
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential and delicious, February 27, 2010
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The last couple of years have seen a plethora of new vegan cookbooks - many of them quite good. Tami Noyes' book is among the excellent few that stand above the rest. Being familiar with her blog for some years, I knew her book would be noteworthy, but she has truly excelled. We have made a number of recipes, and fed them to family and friends to great praise. The No-Tuna Melt Panini, Incrediburger, and Sloppy Joe are going into permanent rotation in our house. This is fantastic, flavorful comfort food which will appeal to a broad audience, vegan or not. Bravo!


Double Bound: a novel
Double Bound: a novel
by Nick Nolan
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflective, powerfully written, and completely engaging, February 22, 2010
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Having read Nick Nolan's first novel, I had high expectations for Double Bound. However, he far exceeded them! This complex, fascinating tale drew me in and would not let go. Nolan's careful insight into relationships, beautiful writing, and thrilling plot should commend Double Bound to all readers, not just those looking for a "gay novel." Don't miss out! I cannot wait for Nolan's future books!


Children of Jesus and Mary: The Order of Christ Sophia
Children of Jesus and Mary: The Order of Christ Sophia
by James R. Lewis
Edition: Hardcover
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, February 22, 2010
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Whatever one's personal opinion of the Order of Christ Sophia, it is a growing, intriguing new religious movement (NRM), worthy of academic attention. Thus, I looked forward to the publication of this book. However, I am sad to report that it is very disappointing. As other reviewers have pointed out, most of the book reads like an infomerical for the OCS. There are a few more interesting sections, especially the statistical comparison of the OCS to other NRMs. If one wants to understand the viewpoint of current OCS leadership, this is an excellent resource. However, if you are looking for historical accuracy and a balanced treatment of controversies around the Order, you will have to seek elsewhere. The historical errors regarding the Holy Order of MANS and groups which derive from it are especially unfortunate. The documentary evidence is available and most of the principals are still alive and interviewable, yet the authors relied almost completely on information from OCS leadership and secondary sources. Graduate students looking for a project should pay attention, as a much better, more accurate book on the OCS remains to be written.


The First-Timer's Cookbook
The First-Timer's Cookbook
by Chef Shawn Bucher
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.16
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start, February 21, 2010
If you have a friend who wants to learn to cook, but doesn't know where to start, or a kid headed off to college, this is the book to give them. Accomplished restaurant chef Shawn Bucher provides a step by step guide to basic cooking techniques. The focus here is technique (hows and whys) not specific recipes. As it is a short book with excellent photographs, it will not overwhelm the kitchen newbie. Bucher is obviously a great teacher, and I look forward to future offerings from him.


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