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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Naked Again

So are any of you reading Naked? I'm finding it harder to get myself to read it than I ever expected. Not sure if it's my mood or the book.


And the winner of the Book 10 Opening is


Congratulations Meno. A prize is headed your way.

To the rest of you, do not despair, more book openings are coming and I'd love if you came back and put your name in again.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Book Ten Opening

I present to you 'Speed Unwrapping'

Ok don't forget to leave a comment and this will enter your name for a drawing!
For today's comments, why not tell me your thoughts on e-readers? Evil invention or cool technology? The end of books and their glorious feel and smell or an additive to your already overstuffed reading agenda? Have you touched or played with an e-reader? Do you own one? Tell us all, gory details.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Book Opening Announcement

On Wednesday, February 18, we'll be opening book number 10! Hurrah!

Come back on Wednesday, leave a comment on the book opening post and there will be a drawing, and a winner.

In Defense of Food Discussion

Let's just dive in.

I loved this book. I think it makes a lot of sense. I even began wondering about all kinds of other repercussions that may be from industrialized farming and the 'nutritional' approach to diet. For instance, I wondered about the mysterious bee problems. Gordo would probably have in depth info on that. And I don't know much except that it exists. But I thought, if soils are being depleted of the variety of nutrients they need, and plants are putting out less nutrients, then isn't it possible that nature's creatures would be suffering in some form or other? Of course, I suppose beekeepers are more likely to have wild to organic fields for their bees. In any case, I do believe that what Michael Pollen is presenting has widespread effect.

I hadn't realized how much the idea of nutritionist diet had pervaded even my life, until I noticed myself checking the percentages and daily allowances on things habitually. I do that with almost everything I buy, I just hadn't paid attention to myself doing it before. I found myself thinking that as long as I buy wheat bread, I'm choosing the healthy option. Or, wow that new cereal is high in fiber and it has folic acid! That's when I knew that the 'science' of nutrition had duped me too. Sure there is sense to eating diets that are healthier, but I loved that he pointed out that nutritionists don't really know what that is. Truly, given the examples of margarine vs. butter and that of eggs, we can see that the opinion on healthy eating changes frequently. And often they find they were tragically wrong. That is sad.

I find it sad also that consumerism/mega capitalism has been working against our good for so long because heaven forbid we damage in any way the products of an industry. I'm not against capitalism. In fact, I believe in it. I think every person should have the opportunity to use their skill, knowledge and passion to make something for themselves, and money to boot. But, if we really look at today's system, that kind of capitalism is rare. Ok, back to food.

I learned new things from him too. Like, free range grass fed meats (poultry, cows etc) are better because they are getting the nutrients they need, which we need too. I hadn't really known the reason these were better products, or how the non free range animals were being fed, which is just sick. Now I know. And farmers who use these methods are more likely to have ecological farms which also replenish soil. I like that.

I thought the information he gave on cultures who eat appallingly according to our nutritionists and yet are very healthy was interesting. I've often wondered why French people get away with eating how they do. I love the idea that eating cannot be broken down into small nutrients and vitamins. The body needs the natural foods these things come in to break those down properly and actually use them right. So sensible and yet why have we let them tell us differently for so long?

I agree that it is ridiculous how packaged food screams how healthy it is, like cereals laced with sugar. I had no idea that our diet was so prevalently corn and soy. And here for so long I thought soy = super healthy. Apparently mainly only tofu soy. Makes sense once again.

Lastly, I love his approach. That eating should be a whole culture. A part of how we live. Gathering together, using meals to commune, converse and generally support each other. I have for a long time believed in the family meal. We do this every night. But I think we eat too fast. I want meals to be about talking and enjoying instead of about, gobble it down, chit chat, now let's go do something else. That's me. I think it does promote healthier food habits, because there would be less snacking and bad foods that way. Eating becomes a digestible exercise this way. And for goodness sakes, it's just more fun.

Tell me what you think.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Defending Food, Being Naked and upcoming grippers

Ok guys, executive decision here. Let's do the discussion Monday for In Defense of Food. To give anyone still reading the time to finish, and incidentally me time to go back and prepare myself because I think Gordo is going to throw some heavy stuff at us, what with all his darts.

Anytime you get Naked (no, the book you dirty people) go ahead and start reading it. We'll set a discussion date later when we feel ready. I'll open book 10 next week, most likely Tuesday. Then we can get jumping on reserving the next one. Happy reading guys!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

She's So Lonely

You may have noticed I futzed with the calendar, yet again. So, I'm checking in to see if any of you are ready to start discussing In Defense of Food. If so, I'd like to kick that off tomorrow. And I'm scheduling a book opening for Thursday. That way we can get leaping on acquiring the book, by hook or crook (in other words: borrow or buy)


I have this crazy idea. It started with my honeymoon. Before the wedding, long before, we decided we were heading south of the border to stay in Cancun. An affordable vacation spot for newly weds. Well for us. So I ordered The Lonely Planet Mexico edition and read that thing from cover to cover. I memorized the Cancun section but found myself absolutely eating up the whole book. Maybe it's the itchy traveller in me that was drawn to it.

Recently I was thinking about that book and how much I loved it. Then I went to the Lonely Planet website and I was blown away. They have so many books. And there is so much world to learn. So, my crazy idea that I would like to do, probably over several years, is to read each country book one at a time. Imagine the education. At least in getting a picture of where in the world places are, and how they live - to an extent of course. Yeah.

What kind of crazy reading ideas have you pursued or been kicking around in your noggin? Do you read the Lonely Planet for pleasure reading?

Monday, February 9, 2009


Congratulations to Gordo, the Beekeeper

And also to Indigo Virgo, who makes me think about books really, really hard

Send me off your address to tembilina-at-hotmail dot com and I'll put a little something fun in your mail box.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Book Nine Opening

Aha! It's here. No down there.

Leave a comment to put your name in for the drawing. Tell me your favorite book you read as a child. Just for fun.

On Friday I will be drawing two names and announcing them here. Winners will be sent a small but lovely gift. Good luck!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Book Opening Invitation, Drawing and I'm Sorry Again

Yeah I know. I was supposed to open book nine. I'm going to make up for it by giving away two gifts this time. Does that and my big cheesy grin help?

Look here tomorrow. Find out the next book, leave a comment to be in the drawing. Tell your friends to come leave a comment too!

Note: winners will be announced on Friday.