Whole Larder Love: Grow Gather Hunt Cook by Rohan Anderson
For anyone interested in local, sustainable, fresh, organic, humane, or slow food, you'll learn how to hunt, fish, forage, and grow your own food and how to prepare it. Whole Larder Love goes beyond farm-to-table to encompass garden, forest, field, stream, and storeroom-to-table. Author Rohan Anderson vividly illustrates the benefits of a lifestyle geared towards providing for yourself from the natural world.
Birds' Nests of the World by Mamoru Suzuki
This is a fabulous reference book not only for ornithologists and bird watchers who are interested in learning more about nesting and breeding habits of birds around the world, but also for the whole family. I'm in awe of all birds and their extraordinary nests from the Baltimore Oriole, to the Crested Oropendola, and Pied Monarch. You'll be smitten by this book!
Brambley Hedge: Winter Story by Jill Barklem
Brambley Hedge: Winter Story is a charming story with beautiful illustrations about the mice of Brambley Hedge who are preparing a magnificent Snow Ball, a huge feast and a dance in the grand ice hall. Children would be delighted to read this precious and wonderful book and will no doubt treasure it forever.
Speak for the Trees by Andria Friesen
Speak for the Trees is an incredible book. Featured are seventy-six painters, sculptors, photographers, glass and conceptual artists from Ireland to Argentina, Korea to the United States, who have come together to answer a call by Dr. Seuss (in his 1971 classic, The Lorax) to: "Speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues."
The artists in this powerful new book, Speak For The Trees, include both young and emerging artists, and such world-renowned figures as David Hockney, conceptual artist Yoko Ono, pop-surrealist Mark Ryden, international-environmental artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the beyond categorization Starn Brothers. Each artist contributed artwork, which has been showcased on a two-page spread together with the artist's thinking on his or her work in relationship to trees, and with a quotation each selected from writers as diverse as Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, Abraham Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau, William Shakespeare and Ogden Nash.
The artist's work featured on the cover is by the same artist I profiled in last month's Almanac: Myoung Ho Lee
From the latest news to practical how-tos, Modern Farmer covers the changing face of farming today - from the people and policy to animals, technology, food security, climate change and more. Get the information you need to make smarter choices! I bought my first copy last month at the airport and I loved it! It's a great magazine full of cool stories.
John Muir: America's Naturalist by Thomas Locker
In a series of richly painted landscapes, Thomas Locker brings the world and words of John Muir to readers, both the young and the young at heart. Equally at home in the wildernesses of California and Alaska, Muir wrote charming lyrical descriptions of nature for the benefit of future generations.
Muir recognized that wilderness should not only be appreciated but should be fought for as well. He sparked the preservationist movement in the United States and throughout the world, working with President Theodore Roosevelt to establish national parks and spearheading the founding of the Sierra Club, an organization that to this day carries on the work he began long ago of encouraging citizen action to protect the natural world.
This book is the second in a series of illustrated books by Thomas Locker introducing readers to notable people who loved and wrote about the American land, and especially about the value of wilderness. His other book, about Rachel Carson, was last month's Children's book-of-the-month.
Earth User's Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow
This gem of a text is written by Rosemary Morrow, an Australian that has taught permaculture around the world for decades. The book is straightforward and loaded with illustrations, depth and substance. It covers theory and also focuses on the practical aspects of how to implement permaculture design. This book is a must read for the serious permaculturist and is the one used for the upcoming permaculture classes at CalEarth.
Zulu Wilderness by Ian Player
Dr. Ian Player touchingly describes his experiences in South Africa in the Ndumu and Mfolozo game reserves, his relationship with his mentor and dear friend Magqubu Ntombela and his conservation and wilderness values. Described as being gripping and hard to put down. Zulu Wilderness is a great read.
Preserving a Sense of Wonder: Rachel Carson
This was the girl who one day would become the groundbreaking author of Silent Spring. In this engaging biography, now updated, young readers will experience the enchantment of nature as seen through the eyes of the budding naturalist, while learning about her childhood. Winner of the Teacher's Choice Award
Published continuously since 1888, the monthly National Geographic is better than ever. It's a great resource for photography, research, updates, news, global issues and geography. More recently, articles have covered current environmental issues such as deforestation, chemical pollution, Global warming, and endangered species. National Geographic inspires people to care about the planet. I love National Geographic ! The photography is stunning and often have inspired my work.
Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters
If you love to cook you will love this book! For the past few years, I've increasingly been eating a plant-based diet, and the Chez Panisse Vegetables cookbook has many healthy and delectable vegetable based recipes amongst the 250 featured. Cauliflower, zucchini, asparagus, and cabbage are transformed into delicious and interesting dishes using simple ingredients and cooking techniques that I've been able manage with my basic cooking skills.
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Favorite Children's book: The Curious Garden by Peter Brown is a charming book about one boy's quest for a greener world, one garden at a time. While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush green world. Such a lovely and inspiring story
In Eco Colour, the author and artistic dyer India Flint describes the process of using ecologically sustainable plant-dye methods, by using renewable resources such as leaves, roots, and flowers to color your cloth and yarn. Through a wide variety of techniques and recipes, you'll explore the variable world of plant color. If you have ever worried about the effect of dyeing fabric has on the earth, Eco Colour will teach you how to use botanical dyes to create beautiful textiles.
The Unhealthy Truth-How our food is making us sick and what we can do about it by Robyn O'Brien and Rachel Kranz. Parents, read this book! Learn how to protect the health of your family by getting savvy about it. A first-person story as shocking as it is inspirational, The Unhealthy Truth reveals the alarming relationship between the manipulation of our food and the increase of dangerous allergies in our children-and offers a road map to healthy living for every family. I'm in the middle of reading it and highlighting information on almost every page!
Favorite Children's Book: The Gardener by Sarah Stewart is an especially wonderful book that I read many times to my daughters when they were little. It shows the vast impact each one of us can make to make the world a better place and how to make the best of what seems to be a bad situation. This book is inspiring and charming and will touch whoever reads it. The illustrations are divine as well. It's such a great book that I'm going to reread it again…and then put it in my Little Free Library to share with others.
Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to be 100 by Maoshing Ni is full of all-natural ideas for living a longer, healthier and happier life. Dr. Mao is a 38th-generation doctor of Chinese medicine who with his wisdom and common sense tips, reminds us of all the ways we can lead healthier lives from taking a walk after dinner to reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease and how adding a little honey to your tea can promote internal healing. Learn as well about how to prevent illness during each season, with sound advice such as what foods to eat or which to avoid. This is one of those great books that we should all have a copy of and give it as a gift to our loved ones.
The Beekeeper's Bible: Bees, Honey, Recipes & Other Home Uses by Richard A. Jones and Sharon Sweeney-Lynch is the ultimate guide to the practical essentials of beekeeping. This wonderfully illustrated book covers every aspect of beekeeping from its place in history to how to manage hives, and ideas for uses of honey and beeswax. This book would make a fabulous gift for any backyard enthusiast or for anyone who is interested in learning everything they have ever wanted to know about beekeeping.
Favorite Children's Book: Spring Story (Brambly Hedge) by Jill Barklem is an adorable book that I read many times to my daughters when they were little. We all loved the stories of the mice that live in a hedgerow (a hedge of wild shrubs and trees near a country road) in the English countryside. The illustrations delightfully illustrate the fantastical wildlife habitat and the glorious homes they live in. Any child would love this book and any adult would enjoy reading it to them. It's divine!
From Above and Below: Man and the Sea by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Brian Skerry. This stunning book is by one of my favorite photographers Yann Arthus-Bertrand, founder of Good Planet Foundation. In this book her teams up with underwater photographer Brian Skerry to observe our relationship to the sea. I'm sure this book will be gorgeous and I can't wait to have my own copy.
The Tree-Meaning and Myth by Frances Carey, is a fascinating book that surveys the meaning and purpose of trees: historic, cultural, scientific, and artistic. It's lavishly illustrated with works of art and artifacts from the extensive collection of the British Museum. I have a copy on my desk that I keep on picking up and looking through. It has so many interesting stories about trees, so I'm looking forward to sitting down with it in a quieter moment. Trees are a passion of mine and I have always felt very grounded when I'm near them.
Peace Salad - (100 tips to Inspire a Peaceful Life) by Sandy Corso Sandy Corso's, "Think Good. Eat Whole. Walk Far," is a mantra that inspires me. Her wonderful daily blog promotes compassion and connectivity. Every page of Peace Salad is inspiring! There are so many wonderful tips and ideas on all easy ways you can make changes in your life to make it healthier and happier. I love it!
It's been 50-years since the first publication of In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World by Eliot Porter, where Porter's stunning photographs of New England woods are paired with passages by writer Henry David Thoreau. Both Porter and Thoreau constantly worked to preserve Nature and protect it from manmade interference. When the book came out in 1962, even though it was at a time when environmental causes were not in the public consciousness, it was an overnight publishing success.
"Photography is a strong tool, a propaganda device, and a weapon for the defense of the environment…and therefore for the fostering of a healthy human race and even very likely for its survival." -Eliot Porter
New York-based photographer James Houston has shot color portraits of some of the world's leading environmentally conscious celebrities, such as Adrian Grenier, Emma Watson, and Christy Turlington--each with nature as the inspiration for the portrait. Houston's project aims to raise awareness about environmental issues, and to raise funds for Global Green USA.
The Gray Whales of Baja-poems by Wendy Wilder Larsen, my favorite nature loving poet, and art by Josie Merck, is a touching collection of poems about the pristine San Ignacio Lagoon and the gray whales, who return there every year to give birth. This precious lagoon was saved from being turned into a huge salt plant, thanks to the efforts of many individuals, companies, school children and non-profit groups like the NRDC.
I can't wait to read this book and I'm taking it with me on my travels this month: Wild Thoughts from Wild Places by David Quammen. I read the introduction and it's fantastic and beautifully written. Wild Thoughts from Wild Places is a collection of twenty-three of Quammen's most intriguing, most exciting, most memorable pieces. With humor and intelligence, Wild Thoughts from Wild Places reminds us that humans are just one of the many species on earth with motivations, goals, quirks, and eccentricities. I expect to be fully entertained and moved on this journey through the wilds of science and nature.
The Garden at Highgrove: H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and Candida Lycett Green is a gorgeous book about H.R.H. The Prince of Wales's Cotswold estate, which he spent 11 years turning into a model of environmentally benign farming and gardening. Prince Charles is renowned for his views on organic gardening and this remarkable, unassuming man has transformed his property into one of the greatest gardens of our time, and an important part of Britain's heritage.
Hotspots Revisited: Earth's Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions by Russell A. Mittermeier and company
In September 2005, I attended the 8th World Wilderness Congress in Anchorage, Alaska, the world's longest running public conservation project and environmental forum. It was an incredible experience. I was enthralled listening to the many governmental wilderness stewards from different countries discussing their environmental challenges, and then I witnessed something wonderful: sister agencies from other countries offering advice and solutions. They understood that all nations and communities must do everything possible to protect our planet's rich biological heritage.
I came home from the Congress with this extraordinary book, Hotspots Revisited: Earth's Biologically Richest and Most Endangered Terrestrial Ecoregions. I have used it over the years as a reference and an excellent source for my research. This book has been invaluable to me as I haven't traveled yet to most of the regions covered in the chapters, that show so much beauty in all their precious biological diversity and gorgeous flora. Eight photographers contributed stunning images of Brazil and Madagascar, the wet tropics of Queensland Australia, the islands off New Guinea, California and the Himalayas to name a few.
Desert Air by George Steinmetz
Photographer George Steimetz has been photographing remote corners of the world for National Geographic for the past 25 years, and in his book Desert Air, he'll show you places you never even knew existed. Shot from his paraglider or "flying-lawn-chair" as he likes to call it, he has spent the last 15 years shooting these awesome images. It's a great read as well, full of anecdotes of his adventures creating his book.
Second Nature: The Inner Lives of Animals by Jonathan Balcombe
Animal Lovers! This is book is for you. You will enjoy reading all about your furry, feathered, hoofed and clawed critter friends and their ability to reason, have emotions, be cunning and communicative, intelligent and altruistic. You probably knew that already. Batcombe shows how more people are coming to realize that animals are feeling individuals who deserve our respect.