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A Wolf Called Romeo
A Wolf Called Romeo
by Nick Jans
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $17.26
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise for This Wolf Story and Friendship, July 9, 2014
This review is from: A Wolf Called Romeo (Hardcover)
"A Wolf Called Romeo" is a wonderfully intelligent, detailed account of a fascinating wolf who dared to live among people and dogs in Juneau. The author is a remarkable story teller, whose writing is sparked with adventure. If you haven't been to Alaska, after reading this chronicle, you'll consider yourself a visitor. I've been fortunate enough to observe wolves in Interior Alaska, and Nick Jans writes for all of us who love them -- inspired to fight for their protection in North America.

Among Wolves: Gordon Haber's Insights into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal
Among Wolves: Gordon Haber's Insights into Alaska's Most Misunderstood Animal
by Marybeth Holleman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.47
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Profoundly Captivating Book, October 13, 2013
Among Wolves is a captivating account of the late Gordon Haber's close observations, insights, and personal stories about Alaska's wolves and their distinctive culture. Author Marybeth Holleman has written a treasure of a book, compiling photographs, political events, fascinating writing and stories from friends, which captured Gordon's brilliance and tenacity while studying wolves in Denali National Park and interior Alaska for 43 years.

Gordon died in a plane crash while monitoring wolves he loved in Denali four years ago on Oct. 14, 2009. Among Wolves brings his voice back -- making it possible to learn more about the advanced social structure of wolves, the best science to use in their defense, and fearless advocacy, so sorely needed on their behalf.

Artisan Vegan Cheese
Artisan Vegan Cheese
by Miyoko Schinner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.54
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out-of-this-world vegan cheese cookbook, August 30, 2012
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As an unabashed foodie, I adore summer weather in the Northeast for more than flower gardens. My herb containers are full of basil. I take frequent jaunts to select fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets -- envying California residents who enjoy these events year-round.

In July, I joined six other students in northern California for Chef Miyoko Schinner's five-day Summer Cooking Intensive, hosted in the impressive kitchen of Miyoko's San Anselmo home. All students were keen to learn new, make-from-scratch, vegan gourmet dishes -- especially the innovative recipes from Miyoko's just-released cookbook, Artisan Vegan Cheese.

Miyoko divided the class into two groups. Each tackled a dazzling array of approximately 80 creations: from homemade yogurt, Gruyère fondue and Philadelphia-style cream cheese to Italian sausages, Umbrian truffle sauce with rice pasta and meringue tarts.

On Friday afternoon, we had a barbeque party on Miyoko's back porch. While sharing the company of teenage children and dogs, cats and rescued chickens, we enjoyed vegan versions of boeuf bourguignon, seared tempeh with peach balsamic glaze, strawberry arugula salad, Spanish potato salad with artichoke aioli, BBQ ribs (started the previous day, as bean curd sticks need to soak), carpaccio of zucchini, nectarines and basil, black bean and wild rice sliders, and Miyoko's famous seitan Zen Kabobs with mango-tamarind glaze. Wowsers!

Then dessert arrived: Miyoko's out-of-this-world chocolate cake.

Miyoko demonstrated cooking techniques that made us all better cooks, no doubt. I over-indulged. But the day after flying home, I started cooking again -- a few favorites such as zucchini basil soup -- and roasting lots of tomatoes to produce the most remarkable roasted tomato-skin pesto and, later, roasted tomato risotto.

Peach salad with vanilla vinaigrette is sensational, and curried eggless salad is delicious accented with black salt and enjoyed with homemade no-knead bread. Miyoko's eggplant rollatini is filled with a smooth almond ricotta filling -- better than any commercial product you'll find.

To recreate some of what I learned, I purchased two covered bread-baking dishes that help produce bread with a delightful crust. And I got ample supplies of cashews, almonds, Rejuvelac and other ingredients for cheese-making. Sold on high-speed blenders for making cheeses, I ordered one that's hardly stopped liquefying something since it arrived.

Next on my to-do list is non-dairy mozzarella. When creating it, we dropped balls of the warm cheese into ice water, and later ate this creamy, outstanding creation on slices of just-baked, no-knead bread with sliced tomatoes and fresh basil, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Miyoko's texture for these cheeses is remarkable, and her excursions into vegan cheese-making break all commercial barriers -- giving cooks the know-how to make many delectable creations that haven't been replicated elsewhere. Do buy this cookbook. If you'll invest a bit of time in producing the recipes in Artisan Vegan Cheese, this book will be a favorite. It's available now through Amazon and other booksellers.

Miyoko will also be featured on "Vegan Mashup," a public television cooking show starting this season. I'm delighted that Friends of Animals will be one of the show's sponsors.
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by Fran Costigan
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.53
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Easy-to-Follow and Reliable Dessert Recipes, May 28, 2009
With the burgeoning market of vegan dessert cookbooks, it's really about
-- as the adage goes -- separating the wheat from the chaff. More Great Good Dairy-Free Desserts presents a collection of innovative, wholesome and magnificent vegan recipes that celebrate the intent of making dessert: utter pleasure. Not only that, there are recipes for every taste and desire -- including wheat-free desserts. Fran Costigan's culinary talents have created a truly diverse, rich and inclusive tome.

The recipes seem to effortlessly tow an impressive line, too: they aim to be as flavorful, rich, delicious and impressive as possible while sticking with minimally processed, whole foods ingredients -- a true rarity where desserts are concerned.

Throughout, Costigan shows expertise when it comes to writing a reliable recipe -- providing text that is both instructive and easy to follow. And that's what a treasured recipe really boils down to: giving a cook the confidence to create something wonderful like a Rustic Four-Berry Pie, or the easily varied Virtuous Vanilla Cake sweetened with maple syrup. Costigan's expert instructions empower the experienced and novice cook alike to produce successful desserts every time.

With Costigan's attention to rich detail, you know you're in great hands. Truly, you can have your cake and eat it too. Highly recommended.

Priscilla Feral
Author, The Best of Vegan Cooking (2009)
Co-Author, Dining With Friends: The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine(2005)

Great Chefs Cook Vegan
Great Chefs Cook Vegan
by Linda Long
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gorgeous, Inspiring Book, September 4, 2008
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Linda Long's photography is drop-dead-gorgeous,
and she has assembled an array of healthful,
delicious,and reliable recipes which define vegan
cooking as an obtainable art form. For those
less talented than Cat Cora and other remarkable
chefs whose inspiring recipes fill the cookbook,
Great Chefs Cook Vegan allows us to broaden our horizons
while being respectful of all the earth's
inhabitants. Buy two of these cookbooks and save
one for a friend.

Priscilla Feral
Co-author of Dining With Friends:
The Art of North American Vegan Cuisine

Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy
by Matthew Scully
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.32
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27 of 129 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The problem is domination, July 12, 2004
The sexist title of this book "The Power of Man..." should be reason alone to avoid this conservative book. Since Scully has labored as Bush's speech writer, he's far from an enlightened boat-rocker. The best advice is to stop eating animals, and to avoid wasting time bolstering Scully's view that animals are in need of management. Humans should manage their own numbers, for starters. -- Priscilla Feral, President, Friends of Animals, Inc.
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Rover, Don't Roll Over: A Compassionate Training Guide for Dogs and Their People
Rover, Don't Roll Over: A Compassionate Training Guide for Dogs and Their People
by Jody Rosengarten
Edition: Paperback
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique, thought-provoking, hilarious book, May 26, 2004
Anyone who lives with a dog should have a copy of Jody Rosengarten's definitive book Rover, Don't Roll Over. Providing advice as a Connecticut-based professional dog trainer and behavioral therapist, this laugh-out-loud book offers proven, positive experience that honors both humans and dogs.
"People require the real work," Rosengarten writes. On the subject of digging: "Dogs dig. It's what they do. That they dig is a given over which we have zero control. Our objective is to understand why they dig so we can teach them where we want them to do it."
With an abundance of homeless dogs who need to be adopted into responsible, caring homes, this thought-provoking book offers practical tips, and trains people to respect and responsibly meet the needs of the dogs with whom we live.
--Priscilla Feral, President
Friends of Animals

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