The Earth Mother, I mean.It's that time of year when we celebrate Earth Day. The one day of the year when we are supposed to remember to love the earth. This year, down in the Detroit area I will be one of the featured speakers this weekend at Seeds, Sun, and Sustainability: an Earth Day Event.
My presentation will be on sustainability in an urban or suburban environment. I thought about printing out a handout full of resources, but it naggled me to print paper copies of something for an earth day event. So instead I thought I'd share my annotated book list with everyone.
Happy Earth Day!
Book on nature and spirituality:
Connecting with the Land: Nature Relationships in Multiple Dimensions
By Adam Davis
This is a compilation of a series of interviews the author conducted with a number of men and women who are doing great work to preserve and renew our earth. It's incredibly inspirational.
This is a classic in the field of ecology and environmental awareness. Written in a time when ecological degradation was just beginning to be recognized he has a unique awareness. Nor is he just some crazy hippy, the dude loved the wilderness but wasn't blinded by that love.
The ultimate guide to season extension, this one is for the seasoned gardener that wants to take their space to the next level.
This fine lady happens to be the wife of the guy who wrote the book before this one. She's also an excellent gardener in her own right, and if you've never gardened much before, this is an excellent book to have.
This is a serious book about a serious topic, talking about peak oil and other modern issues.
A great garden book for beginners and experienced gardeners it has wonderful ideas about how to think outside the box, build community, and make life better through food.
This was written for Depression Era America. Cool both for the information and the cultural differences.
A beginner's guide to permaculture, be careful. You might just get sucked in to a totally new and wonderful way of thinking.
A radical activist who wanted to put his money where his mouth is. His work is excellent for those who want to grow a lot of vegetables in a small space.
A dense tome of gardening and permaculture knowledge. You will feel like a gardening wizard reading this one.
A great book for the beginner trying to turn a lawn into a garden.
Beautiful pictures, a forward by the Prince of Wales (for real! He's a total sustainability nut) and lots of good info.
These are a series of books of the collected knowledge of rural Appalachia. Some of it is fascinating, some of it is useful, and some of it is just plain weird. You can pick them up in kindle these days so you don't have to comb the used bookstores to get the complete set like I did.
This is a great book when you want to know how to cook that weird veg you found at the farmers market or got in your CSA share.
A manifesto of radical cooking, it will show you the edge of what is possible in sustainable cooking.
My bible of fermentation, where I learned to make sauerkraut and kimchee. I've tried most of the weird things in this book and his advice is sound. It doesn't hurt that he's queer and HIV positive and using lacto-fermented foods to help himself stay healthy while he lives in a queer commune. This dude is cool.
Worth it just to learn how to make a brine for a chicken or your own breakfast sausage. Seriously, home-made breakfast sausage is an amazing thing.
This is a book about how to eat fish and not feel like you're destroying the oceans doing it. Organized according to season with simple wonderful recipes, I loveses it.
With a name like that, how could I not love this book? Plus it's organized by type of produce so you can just look up that crazy weird lumpy thing in the store and find out what a bitter melon or a malanga is for.
The bible of how to eat the glorious animal known as a pig. I won't go into why the pig is such an awesome sustainable animal, when raised locally in woods eating acorns and allowed to assist in plowing and insect removal simply by rooting in garden fields, and providing high quality fats that are good for your brain and... wait. I wasn't going to tell you all that. Oh well.