sustainable living

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life

By Barbara Kingsolver
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Rated by Rachel N.
Oct 8, 2017

As Animal, Vegetable, Miracle celebrates its 10th year of being published, I decided to finally give it a try.

Much of what the Kingsolvers put forth about the food industry still rings true. 

It was fascinating to hear about the decisions for choosing to only consume food that they are in direct contact with, whether growing it themselves or knowing its origins. This leads to some interesting situations: what do you do when you invite 150 friends and family to your house to celebrate a birthday? How do you make food that you have in abundance during the summer last the whole year? 


The Good Life Lab: Radical Experiments in Hands-on Living

By Wendy Jehanara Tremayne
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Rated by Megan C.
Jan 6, 2016

The Good Life Lab is the kind of book that makes me suffer, torn between skepticism and hope. It’s the kind of title that draws my interest yet repels me at the same time. My biggest fear was that the author would come across as self-righteous: she does not. The thing I should have feared was the “radical” part. This book has the capacity to cause a watershed (or at least make you want to build a shed out of papercrete). There were times I wanted to run away and start a llama farm: I did not. But the seed has been planted.

Like I said, the title of the book intrigued me, but I wondered if

Jun 24, 2010

gorgeously-green.GIF I picked up The Gorgeously Green Diet, because I enjoyed Sophie Uliano’s first book, Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-friendly Life. I was not trying to lose weight, but I was looking for ways to improve my diet.

Uliano explains that her book is primarily about “rediscovering the joys of eating real, whole foods so you can become the healthiest Green girl imaginable”. Her mission is to “create outrageously delicious food with the freshest ingredients possible at the lowest price” and “… to create meals that are speedy and fun”. She offers three eating plans in different shades