Food and Cooking:
Teff Love: Adventures in Vegan Ethopian Cooking, by Kittee Burns. Portland-based vegan chef has compiled this spice-laden cookbook of “playful” vegan cuisine.
The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket, by Marnie Hanel and Andrea Slonecker. A lovely hand-illustrated cookbook, with chapters like: “10 picnic crises averted,” or “salads on a stick.” Delightful!
A Curious History of Food and Drink, by Ian Crofton. Beginning with hippo soup from 6000 B.C. through the 21st century (Baby Gaga Breast milk ice cream), this cookbook follows the bizarre origins of food and drink consumed throughout history.
A Girl and Her Greens: Hearty Meals From the Garden, by’ April Bloomfield. Beautifully illustrated cookbook of seasonal vegetables from the chef and author of A Girl and Her Pig.
Cake my Day, by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. Stunning, fanciful, and funny cake decorating ideas. (retro vacuum cleaner, piñata, or a caramel covered work boot for dad, are just a few of the examples.)
The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy, by Dan Chiras. Achieving energy independence through solar, wind, biomass, and hydropower – new edition, completely revised and updated.
Perennial Vegetables: From artichokes to ‘Zuiki’ Taro, by Eric Toensmeier. A gardener’s guide to over 100 delicious and easy-to-grow edibles.
The Passive Solar House: The Complete Guide to Heating and Cooling Your Home, by James Kachadorian. This is the building book for a world of increasing energy costs.
Grass, Soil, Hope: a Journey through Carbon Country, by Courtney White with a forward by Michael Pollan. Smart land use that captures carbon in the soil can help to decrease atmospheric CO2 and help mitigate global warming.
Grow, Cook, Preserve: The Complete Guide to Sustainable Food, by Helen Lynne Culpepper. From farm to table, decrease your carbon footprint and feed your family inexpensive, sustainable, delicious meals.
Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change, by Seamus McGraw.
The Turner House, by Angela Flournay. Family saga set in Detroit that tells the story of the city through a tale of an American family over the course of 50 years.
God Help the Child, by Toni Morrison. Nobel Prize winner, Morrison, has written her first contemporary novel, which explores issues of race and women’s lives and employs a hint of magical realism.
God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson. A wartime and family drama and sequel to Life After Life, called by Kirkus “a grown-up elegant fairy tale.”
This Way of Life DVD. A quietly profound, deeply poetic documentary about a Maori family from New Zealand. It follows the lives of Peter and Colleen Karena as they try to build a happy, stable life for their six children and 50 horses while engaging as little as possible with a consumer capitalist world they see as soul-sapping and corrupt.
And for fans of Tim Moore’s hilarious adventures, here’s his latest, Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy, in which he tries to recreate the “hardest bike race in history,” riding on a bike made with wood and wine corks. So funny I found myself reading parts of it to random strangers!