I am very interested in current thought about our environment and all that that involves. Recently I read the new book by William McDonough and Michael Braungart and found it to be one of the most interesting and thought provoking books that I have read about these issues. It will change the way that you think about the need for change and the possibility of doing it in an exciting and progressive way that doesn't exclude enjoyment of life. If you have any interest in seeing what is being done now to change the terrible trends that have dominated our view of design, resources, waste, and energy then you need to read this book.
Michael Pollan is one of my favorite authors. It's no secret that I like to read and I go back and forth between fiction and non-fiction. There are things that I always look for in books that I read and one of those is an author that makes his reader feel that he is taking them on a voyage of discovery about things that sometimes are overlooked in their everyday lives. Michael Pollan is one of those writers. I can't think of any other author that I have read that has taught me as much and helped develop my interest in doing things myself and becoming more self-sufficient than him. I strongly recommend his books and think that if you have even the slightest interest in cooking, or eating for that matter, that you start with Cooked. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth— to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. It is his most recent book but serves as a great introduction to his work. Please check it out.
Regardless of how you feel about all the debates that seem to be constantly swirling around us about everything imaginable there is one thing that we all need to make a conscious effort to educate ourselves about and that is what goes into what we put in our bodies. If you get a chance to see this new documentary please do. In conjunction with my post about The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano they will be offering dinner and a free showing of GMO OMG on Thursday, June 26th at 7:00. If you are in the area and want to attend please contact them using the link below.
I have recently discovered the Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano, California and wanted to share it with all of you. In a world where we hear constantly about how hopeless things are it is really refreshing to see an organization that is doing something positive to show us that there is a different way and that there are many things that you and I can do to help create a more healthy and sustainable world for ourselves and future generations. I could go on and on about the terrible things that we, as humans, have done to our natural world but maybe we should start to spend some of that time creating solutions like The Ecology Center does. Please watch the video below and make an effort to educate yourself about what you can do to make the world a better place.