Monday, February 2, 2009

Monday Roundup

Welcome February! Pink cupcakes and all.

I wish I could report that I spent my January reading and have multiple reviews to post this week. In truth, I'm still working my way through Big Box Swindle which is as much of an eye opener regarding the marketplace as The Omnivore's Dilemma was to the food industry. I'm only about half way through though and, barring any miracles, probably won't post a review of it this week.

Enough about me though! What about you? Who's reading what? Any reviews to share? Any great new books out there?

7 comments:

JAM said...

I've been reading a few - I read The Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing - it was interesting but so far beyond what I could do that I started skimming it. I'm almost finished Little Heathens (recommended here!) and I'm really enjoying that. It takes place during the 30's, and it is interesting to read about life in Iowa then as my mom grew up in Boston just a little bit later and I have heard her stories from that time. Some similarities, some difference, all interesting. I did just read The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving, and although I don't think I'm ready to make that leap, it was a fascinating book. I may post a short review of it later this week if you'd like me to. My husband is even reading it (again - for the fascination factor - I can't see him climbing into a dumpster anytime soon!) and he NEVER reads my "green" books! I will patiently wait for your Big Box Swindle review - I read it but kinda sorta skimmed some of it, and I bet your review will reinforce some things for me - so far I haven't been to a big box store since reading it, and even switched my cats to a brand of food that my local (walkable if we didn't have 3 feet of snow out there) pet store carries so that I can shop there from now on instead of PetSmart and PetCo.

Green Bean said...

Jam: Yes, by all means, please do post a review on the Dumpster Diving book. Sounds very interetsing! My son's home with the flu so I just might have some time to read Big Box Swindle while he naps. Nice to hear of the changes you've made. I too am making lots of changes since staring this book.

Donna said...

I've finally picked up "Green Collar" since I set it down a month ago. I'm almost done and planning a review later this month.

I'll be interested to hear about the Big Box book. I've heard enough documentary on Wal-mart to prohibit me shopping there again. I'm guessing they're not the only bad guy...

Going Crunchy said...

Still working on Zen Heart and the End of Food. I didn't finish Zen enough to review....I was too busy finishing Thrift.

kale for sale said...

I bought a copy of Little Heathens at the library last night for $2 based on the reviews here. Now I've got to read it!

Green Bean said...

Donna: Yeah, it's a whole lot more than WalMart. This book will rock your world.

Shannon: There is only so much time, isn't there.

Katrina: What a find!!

Anonymous said...

I've just started reading Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden's, Plant-Driven Design; Creating Gardens That Honor Plants, Places, and Spirit.

It looks like it's going to be a great book! In the preface she(they?) speaking of designers says, "Many simply avoid intimacy with plants or any depth of plantsmanship and rely instead on a limited, proven palette and series of plant combinations that they trot out like familiar dinner recipes, again and again."

I'm sure this book will have a lot of interesting new ideas for the garden and be an entertaining read with lots of gorgeous photos.

diana