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  • The Story of a Tomato Farmer: Lester R. Brown’s Breaking New Ground

    Please note: Earth Policy Institute provided me with a free review copy of Breaking New Ground. I’ve been reading Lester Brown’s work for about ten years now, and in the process of doing so, I’ve developed a picture of the man: some of ideas gleaned from book cover jackets, but most of them from my […] More

  • The New California Wine [Book Review]

    The New California Wine: A Guide to the Producers and Wines Behind a Revolution in Taste by Jon Bonné  The New California Wine is a terrific new book by Jon Bonné, the wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. It tells the “untold story of the California wine industry: the young, innovative producers who are rewriting the rules […] More

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    Hello, Wine [Book Review & Meatloaf Recipe]

    What’s the difference between a pinot noir and a pinotage? Which is the best wine to pair with fettuccine primavera? Do big red wines pair better with cheese? And what do you really need to know about ordering a bottle in a restaurant? Hello, Wine: The Most Essential Things You Need to Know About Wine by […] More

  • Freebie Time: the Cottage Economy, a Post-collapse Survival Guide from 1864

    Whether you want to do right by the planet by living sustainably off-the-grid or you’re prepping for the apocalypse, you’ll probably agree that if you knew all there was to know about running a cottage and getting by in 1864 then you’d be in a pretty good place when the lights went out and your […] More

  • Eli’s Super Cake Recipe from “The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage”

    This recipe comes from The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat, a new anthology of personal essays, stories and recipes about “how we learn (and relearn) to eat, and how pivotal food is beyond the table.” Eli’s Super Cake By Caroline M Grant In kindergarten, my son […] More

  • “Poor Man’s Feast” by Elissa Altman

      I just heard about a new book that I cannot wait to read. Elissa Altman, who writes the blog PoorMansFeast (winner of the 2012 James Beard Award for Individual Food Blog) has written a book that chronicles how a citified foodie came to embrace a simplified view of food and cooking. As a unabashed urban foodie who […] More

  • City 2.0: Making Urban Centers Viable, Sustainable, Livable

    Think of cities as cesspools of crime and pollution? Or vibrant hubs of economic, cultural, and social innovation? New TED book City 2.0 shares the ideas of twelve thinkers on how we make the world’s cities – now home to over half of us – viable and sustainable. More

  • Full Planet, Empty Plates: Quick Facts

    With falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures making it difficult to feed growing populations, control of arable land and water resources is moving to center stage in the global struggle for food security. What will the geopolitics of food look like in a new era dominated by scarcity and food nationalism? Here are a few of the many facts from Full Planet, Empty Plates. More

  • The New Global Food Crisis: Lester Brown's Full Planet, Empty Plates

    The phrase “global food crisis” may strike us in the developed world as a bit overblown. But in his new book Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity, Lester R. Brown, founder of the Earth Policy Institute, aptly demonstrates that our current food security situation is anything but normal… and could even represent the “weak link” to maintaining the standard of living to which we’ve become accustomed. More

  • ReCraft: How to Upcycle Old Clothes into Beautiful Things

    Got holey, worn old clothes laying around that you’d like to get rid of… responsibly? Before cutting them into rags or tossing them in the trash, take a look at the projects in this new book: you might just find more useful possibilities. More

  • The Art of Raw Food Winner

    We have a winner! Thanks so much to the publishers of The Art of Raw Food for sponsoring this giveaway and to our lovely readers for your enthusiastic entries. We counted up the names in the hat and used a random number generator to pick our winner. More

  • ziggy's New Book: Building a Cob House

    If you’ve followed posts by frequent contributor ziggy, you know he’s a hands-on kind of guy: from butchering his own meat to building a cob pizza oven, he’s an extreme DIYer even at Dancing Rabbit (where doing it yourself is pretty much the norm). His biggest project, though, is his own home: ziggy built his […] More

  • New Children's Book Aims to Help Kids Understand the Gulf Oil Spill (and Giveaway)

    Author’s note: Publisher HIS Publishing Co. sent me a free review copy of Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill. Unless you went on a media fast yesterday, you likely came across acknowledgements of the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill. Many online outlets — among them Crisp Green and HuffPo Green — ran photo […] More

  • The Pantry Cleaner

    Good things come in small packages. This is so true when it comes to Mysti Reutlinger’s book The Pantry Cleaner: Chemical Free Cleaning. In only 48 pages, Mysti has offered up cleaning solutions using ordinary household ingredients, such as lemon juice, vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Did you know that 1 part lemon juice […] More

  • Win a Copy of The Safe Food Handbook

    The fine folks at The Experiment, the independent nonfiction publisher that put out The Safe Food Handbook is offering up a copy to one lucky Eat Drink Better reader. Here’s how you can enter. More

  • Tom Waits’ New Book Raises Funds for Sonoma Food Bank

    A new chap book by Tom Waits, called “Seeds on Hard Ground”, is being released this month to help raise money for homeless services and a food bank in the northern California county where Waits and his family live. All of the book’s proceeds are being donated to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, as well […] More

  • How to Recycle Like an Evil Genius (w/Video)

    [youtube][/youtube] Made recycling resolutions for the New Year? If so, they probably involve collecting materials and putting them into a blue bin. Our standard conception of recycling is good… it’s not always particularly compelling, though. Russell J. Gehrke’s book Recycling Projects for the Evil Genius changes that (and, yes, that’s an affiliate link). Rather than […] More

  • A Green Living Book for the Newb: 48 Things to Know About Sustainable Living

    Author’s note: Turner Publishing provided me with a free electronic copy of this book for reviewing. And sustainablog does get a mention in the book… thank you, Victoria! Got a friend or relative who’s let you know that “I’d love to try this whole eco-living thing, but I’m just so set in my ways?” Or […] More

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