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FOOD REBELS, GUERILLA GARDENERS AND SMART-COOKIN' MAMAS

Mark Winne
Hardcover

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The rapidly growing alternative food system is made up of people reclaiming their connections to their food and their health. A 40-year veteran of this movement, Mark Winne introduces us to innovative "local doers" leading the charge to bring nutritious, sustainable and affordable food to all. Heeding Emerson's call to embrace that great American virtue of self-reliance, these leaders in communities all across the country are defying the authority of the food conglomerates and taking matters into their own hands. They are turning urban wastelands into farms, creating local dairy collectives, preserving farmland and refusing to use genetically modified seed. They are not only bringing food education to children in elementary schools, they are also offering cooking classes to adults in diabetes-prone neighborhoods — and taking the message to college campuses as well. Such efforts promote food democracy and empower communities to create local food-policy councils, build a neighborhood grocery store in the midst of a food desert, or demand healthier school lunches for their kids. Winne's hope is that all of these programs, scaled up and adopted more widely, will ultimately allow the alternative food system to dethrone the industrial.

Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas challenges us to go beyond eating local to become part of a larger solution, demanding a system that sustains body and soul.

About the author
For 25 years Mark Winne was the executive director of the Hartford Food System in Hartford, Conn. He speaks and consults extensively on community food-system topics and is the author of Closing the Food Gap. Winne lives in Santa Fe, N.M.

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WHEN THERE IS NO DOCTOR

Gerard S. Doyle, MD
Paperback

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When There Is No Doctor is smartly designed and full of medical tips and emergency suggestions. At a time when our health system has become particularly susceptible to strain, this book should be no f…

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When There Is No Doctor is smartly designed and full of medical tips and emergency suggestions. At a time when our health system has become particularly susceptible to strain, this book should be no further than an arm’s reach away in your household.

As the book's author, Gerard S. Doyle write, "This is a book about sustainable health, primarily having to do with your health and what you can do to protect it—in bad times certainly, but also hopefully in good. Its advice will help you ensure the health of those you love, yourself and, should you so choose, your community, if and when the world changes. World may come to mean your little town or the whole globe. It could change for a few days or weeks, or for a few years. It could change because of a flood, financial crisis, flu pandemic, or failure of our energy procurement, production or distribution systems.

"I will not teach you to be a medical MacGyver," Doyle writes, "the lone survivalist who anticipates doing an appendectomy on himself or a loved one on the kitchen table with a steak knife and a few spoons, although I will discuss techniques of austere and improvised medicine for really hard times."

About the author
Gerard S. Doyle, MD, teaches and practices emergency medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he also plans the hospital’s response to disasters.

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THE HERB COMPANION'S GUIDE TO HEALING HERBS


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The Herb Companion Guide to Healing Herbs is packed with valuable and illuminating information on more than 136 favorite herbs for growing, cooking and healing.

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The Herb Companion Guide to Healing Herbs is packed with valuable and illuminating information on more than 136 favorite herbs for growing, cooking and healing.

A 100-page guide is filled with articles on herbs that help you save money and help you stay healthy throughout the year. Articles cover everything from skin-soothing herbs to herbs that help with cold and flu.

Other articles include:

  • Don't Break the Bank: Discover 15 herbs that will save you money on medical bills
  • Beat Winter Colds: Treat and prevent winter colds with natural remedies
  • Lower Your Blood Pressure: Help correct hypertension with four effective herbs
  • Soothe Psoriasis: Control this skin condition with natural remedies
Discover much more about healing herbs and how you can benefit from them! Also included are 14 delicious recipes, in-depth plant profiles and more!

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ROSEMARY GLADSTAR'S HERBAL RECIPES FOR VIBRANT HEALTH

Rosemary Gladstar
Paperback

Price: $16.95

This practical compendium of herbal wisdom is a must-have for everyone. Promote vibrant health and radiant beauty, soothe everyday ailments, and ease stress and anxiety with 175 simple herbal recipes …

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This practical compendium of herbal wisdom is a must-have for everyone. Promote vibrant health and radiant beauty, soothe everyday ailments, and ease stress and anxiety with 175 simple herbal recipes for everything from infant colic to dry skin to cold symptoms to insomnia.

Renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar provides time-tested natural therapies and herbal remedies that are safe, effective and easy to use. She guides you every step of the way, from the growing and ecologically sound harvesting of herbs to basic preparations and dosage directions. Originally published in hardcover as Rosemary Gladstar’s Family Herbal, this comprehensive recipe collection offers a potent prescription for energy, health, and vitality at every stage of life. Nurture yourself and those you love with nature’s healing herbs.

About the author

A devoted advocate and educator for herbalism, Rosemary Gladstar opened her own herb store in 1972 — calling it "Rosemary's Garden" — and has been sharing her love for herbs ever since. Highly respected as one of the "mothers" of the contemporary herbal movement, Gladstar is the founder and president of United Plant Savers, co-founder and director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center and Native Plant Preserve, director of the International Herb Symposium, co-director of the New England Women's Herbal Conference, and founder and former director of The California School of Herbal Studies. She has been an herbal education teacher at many colleges, universities, medical centers and conferences. Gladstar lives in Vermont.

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SIMPLY IMPERFECT: REVISITING THE WABI-SABI HOUSE

Robyn Griggs Lawrence
Paperback

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Wabi-sabi is about appreciating the simple and letting go of the superficial – the perfect antidote for a society in recovery from a decades-long consumerist binge. In 2004 The Wabi-Sabi House introduced this ancient Japanese philosophy to North America. Simply Imperfect is a fully revised and updated edition of The Wabi-Sabi House, aimed at moving past our belief in life, liberty and the pursuit of stuff to finding beauty in austerity, serenity and authenticity.

Far more than home décor, wabi-sabi is a state of mind: living modestly in the moment, stripping away the unnecessary, finding satisfaction in everyday things. Simply Imperfect recounts wabi-sabi's rich history, tracing it from its Zen Buddhist roots through to the present day. This beautifully illustrated book reveals ways to introduce wabi-sabi into your home such as:

  • Clearing clutter and blocking noise
  • Integrating salvaged and recycled materials
  • Making and growing things yourself (or supporting local artisans who do)
  • Taking time and space for self-reflection

Wabi-sabi is everything that today's sleek, plastic, technology-saturated culture isn't. Simply Imperfect asks readers to see that mass-produced perfection is seductive but boring. This gentle book is for anyone who is overwhelmed by consumerism or whose focus has shifted from getting more to getting by.

About the Author
Robyn Griggs Lawrence was the editor at large for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Natural Home & Garden and The Herb Companion. She is a prolific writer and speaker on topics ranging from green building and ecological design to organic gardening. She has been instrumental in introducing the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi to a Western audience.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is recommending books and products to readers. For more than 40 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been North America's "Original Guide to Living Wisely," creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

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THE CREATIVE HERBAL HOME

Susan Belsinger & Tina Wilcox
Paperback

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The Creative Herbal Home is a guide for both the beginner and experienced home herbalist. It contains basic and detailed information about using common household ingredients combined with herbs and essential oils to make an array of herbal products for the home. The book includes informative chapters on herbs, essential oils, ingredients, definitions of terms, and a chapter on plant chemicals for those who want to dive deeper into the science.

The kitchen is the authors' laboratory for herbal alchemy, where they create items for the pantry, as well as household preparations, gardening comforts, remedies, tinctures and even first aid kits. You can create sensual pleasures for soothing and renewing the body in the bath using the book's body care recipes. We hope that this book will give you the tools as well as inspire your own creative herbal home.

About the authors:
Herbal cohorts Susan Belsinger and Tina Marie Wilcox have been working together for more than 10 years on projects and presentations, from gardening to teaching and writing from their respective homes. Belsinger lives in Maryland, and Wilcox lives in Arkansas. With infectious enthusiasm, both women love sharing their knowledge of herbs, plants and gardening with like-minded people. They passionately agree that herbs are a way of life.

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SUPERFOODS: HEALTHIEST FOODS ON THE PLANET

Tonia Reinhard
Paperback

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Superfoods is a comprehensive reference to the world's healthiest foods. It cuts through the marketing hype and contradictory reporting in the mainstream media to expose the truth. Registered dietician Tonia Reinhard gives expert advice on the very best high-powered, super-healthy foods and how to get the most out of them.

Superfoods is organized by food type and covers:

  • Fruits and berries
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes, nuts and oils
  • Grains
  • Cereals
  • Herbs and spices
  • Meat and dairy products
  • Beverages
  • Confections
Each entry details a food's nutritional content and value, seasonal variances and varietal information. Reinhard provides essential tips on how to maximize each food's beneficial effects as well as culinary tips. She also suggests food combinations that enhance the benefits.

Is soy really a miracle food? What is the best source of omega-3? Is the pomegranate craze supported by fact or is it just savvy marketing? This book answers these and hundreds of other important questions about the foods we eat, providing expert guidance on the best choices.

With Superfoods, readers will get the most nutritional bang for their buck.

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HEALING SPICES

B. Aggarwal, D. Yost
Hardcover

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Breakthrough scientific research is finding that spices -- even more than herbs, fruits and vegetables -- are loaded with antioxidants and other unique health-enhancing compounds. Studies of dietary p…

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Breakthrough scientific research is finding that spices -- even more than herbs, fruits and vegetables -- are loaded with antioxidants and other unique health-enhancing compounds. Studies of dietary patterns around the world confirm that spice-consuming populations have the lowest incidence of such life-threatening illnesses as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's. Author Bharat B. Aggarwal, the world's foremost expert on the therapeutic use of culinary spices, takes an in-depth look at 50 different spices and their curative qualities and offers spice “prescriptions” -- categorized by health condition -- to match the right spice to a specific ailment. Included is an A-Z guide to spices shown to have preventive or healing potential for 150 health conditions.

About the author:
Bharat B. Aggarwal, Ph.D., is a professor in the department of experimental therapeutics in the division of cancer medicine at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has conducted groundbreaking research in the therapeutic uses of spices and been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Fitness and Family Circle, among many other magazines and scientific journals. Dr. Aggarwal has been interviewed on ABC and NBC radio affiliates and has delivered more than 300 lectures in 30 countries. He lives in Houston.

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GREEN MARKET BAKING BOOK: NATURALLY SWEET AND SAVORY TREATS

Laura Martin
Hardcover

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Lose the sugar with recipes for sweet and savory treats that use only natural sweeteners and seasonal products: no white sugar, corn syrup or chemical substitutes allowed. Bake everything from cookies and cakes to pies and pastries in innovative and delicious ways, using only healthy sweeteners. Locally produced sustainable whole foods, natural sweeteners, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and nuts and grains make these treats as good for you as they are for the planet.

Celebrity chefs from across America contribute their favorite recipes to this unique collection, which offers suggestions for delicious dairy- and gluten-free treats, along with vegan and low-fat variations. And every recipe (more than 100 in all!) has been tested and re-tested to perfection.

Plus, author Laura Martin demystifies the art of substituting natural sweeteners for refined products, so readers can use these sure-fire alternatives in their own favorite dishes!

About the author
Laura Martin has published 24 books over the last 30 years and written many articles for various periodicals and newspapers, including a weekly column for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Martin has appeared on TV and radio and has lectured and conducted workshops on various themes, including gardening and baking. She lives in Atlanta, Ga.

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THE SEXUAL HERBAL

Brigitte Mars
Paperback

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For thousands of years people have used herbs to nourish the body and boost sexual vitality in a safe, natural way. In The Sexual Herbal renowned herbalist Brigitte Mars offers a compendium of herbal, homeopathic, and other holistic remedies to help individuals and couples attract and maintain healthy love relationships and naturally treat sexual dysfunctions.

The author provides an in-depth catalog of herbs that promote sexual vitality and health, such as ginseng, licorice and red raspberry leaf. She also offers recipes for aphrodisiac “superfoods” as well as herbal remedies for both men’s and women’s reproductive health issues -- ranging from PMS, menopause, urinary tract infections, erectile dysfunction, and prostate disorders to infertility and STDs. The book includes chapters on yoga and Taoist exercises, massage and acupressure techniques, and vitamins and their effects on men’s and women’s respective physiology. It also features recipes for aromatherapy love potions, baths and perfumes; advice on kissing; and more. The author also offers remedies for coping with infidelity, healing a broken heart, finding a mate, and keeping your love alive.

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