As we dig, drill, and excavate to unearth the planet's mineral bounty, the resources we exploit from ores, veins, seams, and wells are gradually becoming exhausted. Mineral treasures that took millions, or even billions, of years to form are now being squandered in just centuries … or sometimes just decades.
Will there come a time when we actually run out of minerals? Debates already soar over how we are going to obtain energy without oil, coal, and gas. But what about the other mineral losses we face? Without metals, and semiconductors, how are we going to keep our industrial system running? Without mineral fertilizers and fuels, how are we going to produce the food we need?
Ugo Bardi delivers a sweeping history of the mining industry, starting with its humble beginning when our early ancestors started digging underground to find the stones they needed for their tools. He traces the links between mineral riches and empires, wars, and civilizations, and shows how mining in its various forms came to be one of the largest global industries. He also illustrates how the gigantic mining machine is now starting to show signs of difficulties.
The easy mineral resources, the least expensive to extract and process, have been mostly exploited and depleted. There are plenty of minerals left to extract, but at higher costs and with increasing difficulties. The effects of depletion take different forms and one may be the economic crisis that is gripping the world system. And depletion is not the only problem. Mining has a dark side (pollution) that takes many forms and delivers many consequences, including climate change.
The world we have been accustomed to, so far, was based on cheap mineral resources and on the ability of the ecosystem to absorb pollution without generating damage to human beings. Both conditions are rapidly disappearing. Having thoroughly plundered planet Earth, we are entering a new world.
Bardi draws upon the world's leading minerals experts to offer a compelling glimpse into that new world ahead.
Author: Ugo Bardi
A true farm-to-table cookbook, chef Eric Skokan's inspiring and gorgeous Farm, Fork, Food centers on the nearly 400 animals and 250 varieties of vegetables and fruits that he cares for and grows on Black Cat Farm, his 130-acre organic farm outside of Boulder, Colorado. Using the seasonal ingredients at his fingertips, Skokan includes more than 125 extraordinary yet simple recipes in his first cookbook. The chapters include recipes from each season, such as a Spring Pea Soup with Mint, Lemon & Crème Fraîche or a Grilled Pork Steak with Sauce Verte, Tomatoes & Fresh Borlotti Beans; from a Jack Be Little Pumpkin & Polenta Soufflé with Brussels Sprouts to a Woodcutter's Tableau in Gingerbread.
Author: Eric Skokan
Bursting with strategies, techniques and more than 300 original recipes, Farm-Fresh and Fast is a new cookbook for both seasoned and beginning community-supported agriculture (CSA) program members and farmers market shoppers. Produced by FairShare CSA Coalition in Madison, Wisconsin, Farm-Fresh blends culinary know-how with practical recipes and resourceful techniques to teach local food lovers of all skill levels how to make the most of fresh, seasonal produce. Farm-Fresh follows the coalition’s first cookbook, From Asparagus to Zucchini, now in its third edition and a national best-seller.
Each chapter of Farm-Fresh is organized by plant anatomy (such as leafy greens, root vegetables, etc.) to highlight similarities in cooking and preparation among ingredients. Master recipes help home cooks adapt recipes to fit the ingredients they have on hand, and come with four seasonal variations so the recipes can be changed up as the season progresses and the harvest unfolds. Recipes are flexible and encourage innovation. Don’t have spinach? Try chard. No basil for your pesto? Try garlic scapes or cilantro for a tasty variation that makes a great sandwich spread.
In addition, home cooks will find themed, seasonal menu suggestions, from Mother’s Day Brunch and Starry Spring Night Dinner Party to Winter Solstice Celebration, and photographs and descriptions of 78 fruits and vegetables that can be found at farmers markets and in CSA boxes from Wisconsin to Florida. Farm-Fresh is graphic-rich, with unique illustrations throughout.
Redolent with the tastes and aromas of the world's hearths, Flatbreads and Flavors maps a course through cultures old and intriguing, and, with clear and patient recipes, makes accessible to the novice and experienced baker alike the simple and satisfying bread baker's art.
Author: Jeffrey Alford, Naomi Duguid
From the most acclaimed and beloved baker in Portland, Oregon, comes this must-have baking guide, featuring recipes for world-class breads and pizzas and a variety of schedules suited for the home baker.
There are few things more satisfying than biting into a freshly made, crispy-on-the-outside, soft-and-supple-on-the-inside slice of perfectly baked bread. For Portland-based baker Ken Forkish, well-made bread is more than just a pleasure—it is a passion that has led him to create some of the best and most critically lauded breads and pizzas in the country.
In Flour Water Salt Yeast, Forkish translates his obsessively honed craft into scores of recipes for rustic boules and Neapolitan-style pizzas, all suited for the home baker. Forkish developed and tested all of the recipes in his home oven, and his impeccable formulas and clear instructions result in top-quality artisan breads and pizzas that stand up against those sold in the best bakeries anywhere.
Whether you’re a total beginner or a serious baker, Flour Water Salt Yeast has a recipe that suits your skill level and time constraints: Start with a straight dough and have fresh bread ready by supper time, or explore pre-ferments with a bread that uses biga or poolish. If you’re ready to take your baking to the next level, follow Forkish’s step-by-step guide to making a levain starter with only flour and water, and be amazed by the delicious complexity of your naturally leavened bread. Pizza lovers can experiment with a variety of doughs and sauces to create the perfect pie using either a pizza stone or a cast-iron skillet.
Flour Water Salt Yeast is more than just a collection of recipes for amazing bread and pizza—it offers a complete baking education, with a thorough yet accessible explanation of the tools and techniques that set artisan bread apart. Featuring a tutorial on baker’s percentages, advice for manipulating ingredient ratios to create custom doughs, tips for adapting bread baking schedules to fit your day-to-day life, and an entire chapter that demystifies the levain-making process, Flour Water Salt Yeast is an indispensable resource for bakers who want to make their daily bread exceptional bread.
Author: Ken Forkish
With Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking, Mary McCartney brings us easy, family-friendly meat-free dishes that will appeal to everyone-including carnivores. his is good, wholesome fare, cooked well and with ease, meant for family and friends to share. And McCartney's unique bold and beautifully illuminated images are as irresistible as her food.
Author: Mary McCartney
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If you are interested in reforming America’s food system, we highly recommend this new guide. Informed input from concerned citizens is the only thing that will counter the powerful vested interests and bring us a fresh food/farm policy that serves public health, job creation, land stewardship and even national security.
Every five years, the U.S. Congress passes complex legislation called the Farm Bill. Primarily accountable for setting the budgets and work plans for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Bill is the essential economic and policy engine that drives our food and farming system and provides nutritional assistance to tens of millions of Americans—many of them children. In recent years, more and more citizens are realizing just how much is at stake in this political chess game.
Originally published in 2007, Food Fight is Daniel Imhoff's highly acclaimed primer on the complex issues contained within the Farm Bill. Now in an updated and expanded edition, Imhoff looks at this important issue. Food Fight offers a critical resource that can help concerned citizens deconstruct this challenging bill, organize in their communities and press their elected representatives to serve the public good, rather than vested interests.
The Guide explains:
If you eat, pay taxes, and care about the health of our citizenry, the fate of family farmers or our country’s food security, this book is for you.
Includes a foreword by Michael Pollan.
Author: Imhoff, Kirschenmann
In 2011, the documentary Forks Over Knives introduced the idea that most of our major health issues are the result of the traditional American diet … and inspired a movement and the best-selling companion book Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health. Now, Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook furnishes simple, affordable and delicious recipes that put the power of real healthy food in your hands.
The documentary, hailed as "a film that could save your life" by Roger Ebert, frankly delivered this message: If you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and prevent (or even reverse!) chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the right food is your best medicine. Thousands of people have cut out meat, dairy and oils and seen amazing results. If you're among them (or you'd like to be) you need this cookbook.
Chef Del Sroufe, the man behind some of the mouthwatering meals in the film, proves that the Forks Over Knives philosophy is not about what you can't eat, but what you can. Sroufe and his collaborators, Julieanna Hever, Judy Micklewright, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Darshana Thacker, transform wholesome fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes into 300 recipes. They range from the classic to the unexpected, from globally inspired dishes to those that fit the seasonal. Here are recipes for every meal of the day and for all through the year. So, start cooking the whole-food, plant-based way today!
Author: Del Sroufe
Fresh Cooking is exactly what the home cook desires: a cookbook with range and flexibility that addresses seasonality, budget, and diverse diets and tastes. Built around meals Shelley Boris created for the Garrison Institute (a retreat center in New York's Hudson Valley), it contains 36 menus, with four to five delicious recipes in each, organized by month. Caroline Kasterine's beautiful photographs compliment the recipes.
From the beginning of her career in the heyday of New York City's culinary scene with Dean & Deluca, Shelley Boris has maintained a love of fine, fresh ingredients and an intuitive grasp of their possibilities. This book draws on her passion and experience to create delectable meals on a budget without compromising flavor or diversity.
Author: Shelley Boris
Ever wonder how you'll ever be able to use all your vegetables? From Asparagus to Zucchini answers the question of what to do with your armloads of greens, exotic herbs and never-before-seen vegetables, with recipes that are as concise and doable as they are appealing. Created for and by community-supported agriculture (CSA) program members, the book is an indispensable tool for anyone who wants to eat seasonally and locally.
Organized by vegetable (53 in all), each section includes nutritional, historical and storage information, as well as cooking tips. With more than 420 original recipes created, tested and enjoyed by chefs, CSA members and farmers, this book ensures you'll never be without a delicious recipe to make the most of the season's bounty. The best part is that lesser-known vegetables like burdock and kohlrabi have more recipes, not fewer!
From Asparagus to Zucchini is more than just a cookbook. Also included are essays that address the larger picture of sustainable agriculture, how our food choices fit into our economy, environment and community, and more information on home food preservation and how to help children appreciate—and even eat—their vegetables. Readers will find an extensive resource section and recipe index to round out this unique resource. With this book, prepare to awaken and reaffirm your dedication to enjoying the unique flavors of local foods while nourishing the life of sustainable family farms.
Fruitful is a trip to the local orchard, overflowing with ripe, seasonal produce … and it’s not just desserts! From sweet to savory (including fresh juices), every chapter is devoted to the produce of the moment: rhubarb, strawberries, apples, plums, apricots, peaches, quinces, pears, and more. This delectable cookbook showcases the bounty from New York’s favorite orchard, illustrated with gorgeous full-color photography throughout, but all of the fruit can be found wherever you live.
Pies and cobblers are only the beginning of four seasons of recipes celebrating fruit. The juicy dishes inside include:
And 25 recipes come from fruit-loving chefs, including Dan Barber, Jonathan Waxman, Karen DeMasco and Melissa Clark.
Whether it’s a bushel of peaches or a bundle of rhubarb, you’ll find plenty to dish up here.
Author: Sarah Huck
The holidays are a time to celebrate and indulge in baked goods warm from the oven. Unfortunately for the gluten-sensitive, seasonal pleasures such as sugar cookies and mincemeat tarts have been off-limits. Not anymore! Jeanne Sauvage, author of the popular blog Art of Gluten-Free Baking, has perfected 60 gluten-free recipes with all the flavors of their wheat-filled counterparts. Also included are tips on how wheat-free ingredients work and Sauvage's own gluten-free flour mix. With favorites like apple pie, plum pudding, rugelach, bûche de Noël—even a gingerbread house—everyone can pull up a chair to the holiday table with comfort and joy.
Author: Jeanne Sauvage
Tasty and adventurous meals are back on the menu. Inside the Gluten Free Bible, you will find more than 130 recipes to enjoy-whether you're gluten-intolerant or not. Favorite foods such as pizza, pasta, noodle dishes, desserts and baked treats are no longer off limits.
Author: Jacki Passmore
Gluten-Free Bread includes gluten-free baking techniques, plus 60 all-purpose bread recipes for brioche, sandwich bread, multigrain varieties, quick breads, and more. Author Ellen Brown has developed precise combinations of protein-packed soy and bean flours with yeasts and all-natural baking aids to re-create the familiar flavors of conventional bread.
Author: Ellen Brown
From light, quick breads, muffins, biscuits and scones to tasty pancakes, waffles, coffee cakes and sweet rolls, this collection of 100 recipes will bring breakfast back to the gluten-free table. Recipes for homemade all-purpose flour, crêpe batter, pancake batter, sweet roll dough and biscuit dough will give every gluten-free cook the basics for creating delicious dishes of their own.
Author: Linda J. Amendt
The revolutionary Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread gives you 100 recipes to satiate your crispy, crunchy and doughy cravings, gluten-freely and on a shoestring budget.
Author: Nicole Hunn
Who knew going gluten-free could be so yummy? Gluten-Free Sweet Treats, created by the owner of a bakery that specializes in gluten-free treats, simply redefines dessert. Emma Goss-Custard proves that you don't need wheat to whip up amazing sweets that are both accessible and delicious.
Author: Emma Goss-Custard
But Kim Boyce truly has reinvented the wheel with this collection of 75 recipes that feature 12 different kinds of whole-grain flours, from amaranth to teff, proving that whole-grain baking is more about incredible flavors and textures than anything else.
Author: Kim Boyce, Amy Scattergood