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I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Gifts, Decorations, and Recipes that Use Less and Mean More Paperback – September 30, 2009
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This holiday season, Anna Getty chef, mother, organic living expert, environmental advocate, and writer helps families save money and reduce their carbon footprint without sacrificing style or tradition. Anna advises how to choose the best tree (real or fake?), mitigate the negative effects of necessary travel, recycle post-holiday, and more. She shares favorite holiday recipes for organic appetizers and homemade craft ideas such as pinecone wreaths and recycled sweater pillows. With inspiring photographs, extensive resources, and advice from the 'Lazy Environmentalist' Josh Dorfman, Seventh Generation's Jeffrey Hollender, and other leading eco-experts, families might just find that these tips help them stay green all year long the perfect New Year's resolution!
Q&A with Anna Getty
Q: How can being green save you money?
Getty: When you use less you buy less. If we buy less ipso facto we save money.
Q: How does the book help to teach your kids to be green?
Getty: This book is about creating family traditions. This book is about being more green during a very wasteful time of year. If we incorporate our children into these new traditions of crafting with what we already have, making gifts and not buying gifts, we help our children become more green and more conscientious about respecting the planet. Children learn through example. If we make changes with our own wasteful habits , our children will adopt these changes as their own.
Q: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Getty: Baking Christmas cookies with my daughter and her little friends.
Q: What is a good place to start if you are new to the green movement?
Getty: Start with easy doable steps. If you are not recycling, start recycling, if you still use stores plastic bags switch to paper (many paper bags are now made from recycled paper) or better yet bring your own cloth bags. Do one or two things and let them become a part of you rather then too many at once and then give up. In terms of the holidays, ditch the store bought wrapping paper. Most store bought wrapping paper uses virgin paper stock and toxic dyes or ink. Go for recycled wrapping paper or reuse paper (just be careful when you open gifts so you can save it to rewrap). Or find alternative ways of wrapping like using old maps or music sheets, or pages out of magazines or old newspapers and books.
Q: Are there any tips from the experts in the book that surprised you?
Getty: Darren Moore of www.ecovations.com surprised me with the information that having ones home Energy Star Home Performance tested could cut ones energy consumption in half. I also really loved Jeffrey Hollender of Seventh Generation's tip about being reflective and appreciative during the holiday time.
Q: What’s your favorite recipe or craft from the book?
Getty: Hard to pick as I love so many of them but my favorite recipe hands down is the Trufled Goat Cheese Macaroni and Cheese and the Recycled Christmas Card Gift tags is pretty high up there in the crafts.
Recipe Excerpts from I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas
Truffled Goat Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
Salt Dough Ornaments
About the Author
Anna Getty is a leading green living expert. She works with the Organic Center, Global Green, NRDC, and Seventh Generation, among others, and is the author of the upcoming Easy Green Organic. Anna lives in Los Angeles.
Ron Hamad is an acclaimed photographer and director who lives in Los Angeles.
Zem Joaquin is ecofabulous.com's founder and editor-in-chief. She lives in San Francisco..
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First of all, the presentation is just gorgeous. Full color photos throughout and nicely formatted too.
The projects and suggestions in this book are economical, varied, for the most part easy to make and some quite original too.
I'm all for "going green" in whatever ways we can. This book is a worthwhile resource for finding more ways to do just that, during the holiday season.
I like that the author has not only included crafts as is the case with a lot of similar books, but includes some yummy recipes too. I plan to make the Roasted Acorn Squash Soup this week, sounds great.
Would make a great gift too! I know. ;<)
Geraldine Helen Hartman author of The Groovy Green Kitchen series.
One of the suggestions for having a more environmentally friendly Christmas included sending e-mail Christmas cards instead of paper. I admit this idea makes me kind of sad! It just wouldn't be Christmas without getting and sending beautiful (paper) cards. Some of the "green" suggestions I found to be practical and would consider implementing such as the use of LEDs. A suggestion that seemed almost dangerous to me was carpooling with other families (strangers!) found on a website made for just that purpose. I think I'll shell out the extra gas money and know exactly who I am putting in the car with my family when we travel for Christmas.
Also, thank you Anna Getty for not using only vegetarian recipes! Some of the recipes were a little too gourmet for my limited cooking abilities but several were keepers.
Overall I would definitely recommend this book for the "green" fanatic in your life or for anyone who wants to have a holiday that "uses less and means more."