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This book offers a few interesting perspectives but falls short of pushing the envelope of campus sustainability. It's tiresome to read through the author's self-centered stories and tone. With his self described expertise in leadership and sustainability I was looking for innovation but found a lot of the same old thing.
As a Portland resident, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. This book reads like the ad copy place out by the mayor and his development friends, who are at the time of this writing busy knocking the town down to build luxury condos for speculative investors, and eager for any opportunity to place a "green" bow on the destruction. In fact, the book reads disturbingly like the greenwashing PR that Oregon's former first lady used to write at public expense as a consultant, before she found herself under public corruption investigation by the FBI. If you wish to know how Portland is really run, buy yourself a DVD of "Chinatown." It's more realistic, and better written.
CAN A CITY BE SUSTAINABLE?, a compendium of the current trends in urban sustainability, is a broad-reaching and useful tutorial for anyone involved in the work of urban planning and development. It is not an introductory work, and does expect a degree of familiarity with the language and ideology of urban planning/development. Beginning with the concession that our imagination for sustainable cities is still maturing, the opening chapter narrates a possible scenario of what a sustainable town might look like in fifty years or e book is divided into three parts: 1) "The Town as Human Construct" (which explores the ways we imagine and articulate urban locations and urban sustainability); 2) "The Urban Climate Challenge" and 3) "Politics, Equity and Livability". These sections cover a broad swath of the socioeconomic, governmental and ecological problems that will lead our cities in the direction of e book's final two chapters, which discover inclusion, cohesion and social justice were perhaps the ones that most captured my imagination, as these problems are often omitted in explorations of what urban sustainability might look like.Our globe is undoubtedly on the street to urbanization, and the health and well-being of all of us, we need cities that are moving thoughtfully toward sustainability. This book is a unbelievable work that will stir our imaginations, and highlight the challenges that lurk just beyond the horizon on this journey.
Would recommend to anyone curious about how their gadgets come to be or the science/engineering-minded. Really necessary and interesting topic, author does a amazing job weaving in stories and examples to illustrate his main points. At times it feels a bit repetitive in word choice/go to messages, but well worth the read overall.
This is an necessary book, introducing to the general reader a subject which will become of increasing geopolitical and economic importance in years to come. The author covers the whole topic, stressing our increasing reliance on rare earth elements, the complexity and obscurity of their supply chains, and the difficulties of their extraction. The impact on national priorities and the trade-offs with environmental sustainability are fully discussed. The book is sometimes repetitive, and occasionally superficial or incorrect in detail [for example confusing aluminum airframe fatigue failures with the properties of specialty steel]; minor detractions in a highly readable general introductory work, perhaps written and edited in haste. Strongly recommended or those interested in serious current affairs.
Interesting, but too journalistic a style for me. Includes the results of a lot of research. I feel this could be the "go to" book on rare earths, but it doesn't quite obtain there.
This book could have been a champion but the interesting scientific aspects of these metals were diluted by the constant diversions into shop strategies—that was acceptable —BUTthe OBSESSION with climate change and a green sustainable globe was toxic —repetitive—and a amazing irony emerged throughout the book —it is the green revolution that is driving up the price and scarcity of a lot of of these elements and for a lot of of us this diversion is completely political not scientific
Quite amazing book that presents a better understanding of an oscure are of rare metals - definitely worth reading, especially for spets from the mineral resource industries and IT.
Fast Review here of David S. Abraham “The Elements of Power!” This is a must-read book for those interested in the “elements” and side-affects of those “rare-earth” compounds that not only drive our modern digital/electronic age, “Green Technologies” and to a very huge extent the “National Security” component of modern nations military's! It is a very well researched and thoroughly “doented” work, with one short-fall in that it does not include an overall map of were all the rare-earth compounds come from across the globe. This is most likely due to as author states on page-16 of “hard-copy” version; “When companies can overcome those hurdles and procure rare metals, their material enters a channel of little trading where secrecy reigns and reliable delivery is prized…. Traders profit comes not only from the metals they peddle but also from their monopoly of information. There are profits in obscurity.” This is kind of like in the US State of Alabama, supposedly IAW a veteran whom looked into this, particularly Lower Alabama, where “titanium, silica, aluminum” are mined, apparently in “dredge” ponds, etc.. and the US EPA has supposedly sub-contracted the “environmental” oversight to the Alabama Dept. Environmental Management (ADEM), which in turn has farmed it out to the Alabama Home Builders Association, and it is exceedingly difficult per ADEM or other Alabama web-sites to ascertain what is in fact being mined or dredged by not only whom, but where! (see attached “Capture The Elements of G”) It is also odd, for example, that Airbus, AUSTAL, and Thyssen-Krupp Steel, etc…set up this location- Mobile, AL, and even in Mississippi, given apparently the use of “titanium” etc… per the author, David S Abraham, in “aircraft” and ship/steel manufacturing….????In Chapter VIII “War Effort-Hard and Intelligent Metals” the author makes the point that going back to antiquity “a country’s ability to harvest the power of the periodic table has translated directly to the success of its military…” as he states on page-157! On pages 160-161 the author then describes how during Globe Battle I the Germans required “molybdenum” and bought a mine in the US State of Colorado “planning to use American resources versus the United States!” Luckily, “the plan never materialized” IAW the author on page-161. Sadly, this is not only example of this the author utilizes. On pages 163-165, the author “highlights” the importance of the element “germanium” which IAW the author on page-165 “is at the heart of thermal-imaging” systems… in aircraft, ships and tanks as well as weapons sights mounted onto rifles…” Furthermore, on page-165 the author asserts “although the U.S. military is reducing its use of germanium in thermal imaging equipment as its battles end, a potential conflict is spurring fresh demand.” IAW the author, on page-165 “rising tensions between China and its neighbors, most notably, Japan, over territorial ambitions in the South China Sea, are currently leading the demand for germanium.” A very strong point, on the importance of these metal’s/elements!As far as Green Technology is concerned, on page-137 the author states “Green applications are far more than just wind turbines and solar panels; they are energy-efficient cars, lights and even elevators.” In Chapter VII- “Environmental Needs-Rare Metals Are Green” the author provides amazing examples of cost-metrics for different industries vs. the cost of using or not using rare earth metals. For example, on page-146 the author states “The consultancy McKinsey notes that with gasoline prices at about $3.50 a gallon, vehicle companies that use batteries at prices below about $250 per kWh could produce electric cars competitively.” Clearly, taking about price points for bust or boom. And if boom, the author notes that the demand for “lithium” etc.. needed in vehicle batteries will also dramatically increase. Ergo, the author states on page-135, “And as abhorrent as this may sound to some environmentalists, green goals require increased mining and more processing of rare metals.” (Another amazing example is on page-150: “one may not think much about the power consumption of an elevator, but in the buildings that have them, the elevator uses 5 percent of the structures total energy use. Install a rare earth magnet motor in an elevator and it reduces energy use by half or more.”)Environmentally, speaking the author makes the point on page-180 “Cohen tells me that ten thousand to twenty thousand streams in the United States are now lifeless because companies failed to take precautions to prevent or remediate acid mine drainage.” Acid’s and other caustic chemicals of different sorts are an integral part of “separating” rare-earth elements from other compounds and or elements, like “copper” per the author!On a final note, the author makes a amazing point on education. The US for example is critically short of “material-scientists” and or engineers, whom are need to not only secure current advances in technology but the future as well. Additionally, the author makes a point, when talking “supply-chains,” that companies, often do not even know their own supply chain of rare earth elements due to things like sub-contracting out sub-components of major products….! This is per the author, highly problematic, and the US Military, where one major weapon system may cost billions, but includes in fact- thousands of sub-components that may have been sub-contracted out by the major other smaller suppliers! IAW the author, it would take the US Military years to sort this out for all its weapons systems….! Perhaps, a workable solution, is when Congress grants the award of a contract for a major weapons system, the original “contractor” should be responsible for most all that weapons systems construction and/or sub-components in and of itself?????Conclusion: This is a highly informative work that all interested in “Geo-politics,” technology and as well as “national-security” should read- in addition to "Prisoners of Geography- Ten Maps That Explain Everything About The World" by Tim Marshall (at : https://www./Prisoners-Geography-Explain-Everything-Politics/dp/1501121472/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1541921050&sr=8-1&keywords=prisoners+of+geography) as sort of tie together!
Very insightful book around the dynamics and realities of rare-metal mining and recycling. Critical enablers of todays products are often hidden in a lot of traces of such metals in the info of its components - with no economical possibility of recycling. The book may calibrate your opinions about sustainable technology and notions of circular economies.
I purchased this book to create yummy pizzas. Love the stories, , but the recipes are not written for a home Baker I’m sorry. I use packets of yeast, I understand a teaspoon , etc..... What is 1/3 of 1/4 tsp. Of instant dried yeast ???? I purchased the saf - instant yeast and don’t have a clue... I search this to be so frustrating! You publish a cookbook for people to learn it should be in normal terms like 1/2 teaspoon , 1/8 tsp. Not this !
I own multiple pizza cookbooks. This one is by far my favorite, and then one I hold going back to for reference. I obtain a lot more out of other pizza cookbooks having read this book cover-to-cover and learning everything I possibly can about traditional methods and ingredients. This is the pizza book that makes other pizza books more king has always appealed to me, since I was a small kid. I think part of it how much it tickles that part of my brain that's very systematic and orderly, and every time you bake it's like a fun science experiment too. It also has a nostalgic quality for me as my mom was always baking various things, and I got to support her in the kitchen growing l too often, you look up a recipe online, or in a regular cookbook, and it's just a series of steps, often vague, and no true explanation of how to do them, or why you should do them. The authors either assume you have certain knowledge already, or lack that knowledge themselves. For a lot of kinds of food, that's okay, and you can obtain amazing results just muddling through, but with baking there's chemistry and biology at work that requires very careful attention and specialized knowledge to achieve the best results. Sometimes you want you could experiment, but you're unsure what parts of the recipe you can play with and how to play with them to obtain various results. This is a book for those who don't just wish to create a decent pizza at home, but wish to understand the ins-and-outs of pizza dough, and all the various things you can adjust to achieve the results you is book includes some recipes, some very amazing recipes, but it's not a cookbook. It's really a textbook, written in evocative prose, with tantalizing full-page images of ingredients, dough, toppings, and of course finished pizzas. If you read the book cover-to-cover, and you should, you won't even encounter a recipe until page 103. The first five chapters are a history lesson, stories about pizzaiolos (those who create pizzas in Italy) and discussions on pizza styles, ingredients, equipment, and methods. Throughout is vast amounts of wisdom, and very necessary info on what makes a amazing pizza dough. If you're the kind of person who wants the very best results from your pizza-making, and discussion of protein percentages in your flour or the brix of the tomatoes you use doesn't scare you off, this book is a fount of invaluable knowledge. This is a recipe book for those who WANT to worry about the humidity of their kitchen, and wish to precisely measure time and temperature as ingredients in their dough-making. All of this info is presented in a clear, well-organized way, that's med with all of this knowledge, the recipes in the latter half of the book are really just examples. You are encouraged to use the techniques you've learned in the first half to experiment and decide what sort of pizza you wish to make. The first dough recipe, Saturday Pizza Dough, is an perfect baseline, but depending on what style you like you might test any of the other dough recipes, or use them as starting points to develop your own. After the dough and sauce recipes come specific pizza recipes which may or may not suggest specific doughs. If you're like me, you'll search yourself eager to hunt down the very best ingredients you can find, and happily making a lot of pizzas to excellent your tom line, will you create amazing pizza after reading this book? Heck yeah you will! The best pizza I've ever had comes out of my own oven now. Excellent crust, excellent sauce, and the toppings just how I wish them. It's a bit of work, making meal this good, but it's so worth it and the experience from begin to finish is a lot of fun. It's very satisfying to chew a pizza crust and admire its qualities, knowing exactly what you did to create it so good. My first few pizzas after I started making them the traditional Italian method were a small stressful, some mistakes were made, but even the worst pizza I created using this book as my tutorial were still a lot better than you obtain from most restaurants.
There are currently 4 DEFINITIVE pizza cookbooks (that I know of) on Amazon:1. The Pizza Bible, by Tony Gemignani.2. The Elements of Pizza, by Ken Forkish.3. Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Mins a Day, by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe François.4. American Pie, by Peter l are worth buying new. But since I'm cheap, I generally wait until used copies are available for under $10. However, when I saw the reduced price of only $3.99 for the Kindle format of Elements, I jumped on it. And, boy, am I glad I got it! ($3.99 just pays for the shipping alone of a used physical book.)So... buy whichever is on sale: this book, or Tony G's Pizza Bible, then wait for the other to go on sale and obtain it too. (And if you're OCD like me, you have to complete your pizza library with the other two books.)Ken knows his stuff. He did the research. He explains all about baking steels versus stones, flour, tomatoes, sauces, cheese, ovens.If you prepare in advance, it's really not that hard to create superior quality pizza. And if you invest in the pizza stone or steel, and the right flour... WOWZA !
Ken Forkish is a wizard as a baker! His book on bread, "Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast" created me stop making a bread I had got really amazing at baking, to his bread that isn't kneaded (it's folded two or three times) and baked in a Dutch oven that is itself in a hot oven. What amazing bread! This book, "The Elements of Pizza" does the same thing. I've dropped my former crust techniques and adopted his from this book (using his recipes for toppings, too). My pizzas are light years better now, and better than I ever dreamed they could be. I've tested tons of pizza crust recipes from other chefs and liked them all, but the variations in this book are large steps forward in the taste and quality departments. You'll be making pizza like you ordered it in -- from Napoli!
Update: This book is a pizza bible to me in the kitchen and is still one of my most used. Between this book and Frank Pinellos "Pizza Show" seasons on Youtube, there's not much more to know. You can be a home pizza man/woman. Ciao._______________________________I came to this book after having it on my bookshelf for a lot of months. It's super interesting to me because while FWSY (his first book) was perfect to me at first, I grew out of it quickly. Without going into detail there were just quite a few things that did not work for me in that book which felt very stringent all in all. The pizza hints there were good, but eventually I came to appreciate the older (and in my opinion slightly better) book by Chad Robertson of Tartine quite a bit more. Eventually I didn't read either of them much except for occasionally referring to them for amounts (which are flexible as well)... and FWSY even less so.I mention all of this because a *huge* number of all my private baking adjustments in which I deviated from FWSY, in both bread baking (particularly in levain culturing) and pizza making are almost *completely* represented here in The Elements of Pizza. It was a breath of new air to read all the ways Ken had changed in his approach that mirrored my own growth and experimentation (albeit on a much smaller, just-me-here-at-home kind of scale of course)... Changes that I came up with through my own trial and error... smaller amounts of starter and *much* smaller levain feeding amount, as well as using cast iron and broilers in varied succession to achieve better pizza crust are all here in this book and more! And with those changes, along with a more begin approach to the a lot of varied pizza styles, a fair bit of history, and a genuine plethora of *EXCELLENT* pizza recipes and ideas, this book is simply a home-run in comparison. I was on the same page as Ken in this book from page 1 right through to the end and learned a is is a unbelievable book on pizza, and the methods he gives you here will absolutely bring pizza to your table better than you thought possible.
This book is very well written however one thing needs to be created very clear: this book is mainly about making traditional artisan pizza at home.If you are looking for the ins and outs of American style pizza and then some, then this is not the book for n does a amazing job of giving techniques and lessons on what goes into making pizza. However, if you read this book in conjunction with other famous American pizza books you will search contradictory example, this book stresses mixing by hand for the proper texture. Other books stress using a mixer to obtain a texture only achievable with a mixer.Another example, other books say more water is the key to a crispier crust where Ken's book says more water leads to a soggier if you wish to excellent making artisan pizza at home related to real Italian style (with a couple exceptions of other styles) then this book will create you the excellent pizzaiolo.
I create a lot of pizza at home and have been scooping up every fresh pizza book available. Every pizza book offers something various whether it’s a philosophy on dough, creative toppings or just a amazing ol’ history lesson. This book, “The Elements of Pizza” by Ken Forkish does a bit of each and is very successful. Ken Forkish is the owner of Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Ken’s Artisan Pizza and Trifecta Tavern, all located in Portland, OR. For this book, he tried to leave his knowledge behind and traveled to Italy to meet with real pizza masters. In the end I feel like he developed his own philosophy on pizza which mixes his knowledge of baking with their knowledge of e heart of this book is the dough, as it should be in a pizza book, and it offers 12 various recipes for dough. What I really have fun is that a lot of of the dough recipes are for related “New York” or “Neapolitan” style but they vary in the amount of time required to create them. There are doughs that range from a few hours “I Slept In But I wish Pizza Tonight” to a few days “Overnight Levain Pizza”. There are also recipes for pan pizza, bar pizza, Al Taglio and Gluten Free dough. The dough recipes are easy and use only water, salt, dried yeast and flour. Some recipes require a starter which is created with the same ingredients. Prior to the dough section of the book there are five chapters, “The Soul Of Pizza”, “Pizza Styles”, Eight Info for Amazing Pizza Crusts”, “Ingredients & Equipment” and “Methods”. The “Soul of Pizza” really touches on the history and philosophy of pizza making in Italy and the Eastern United States. I really enjoyed this section of the book, the insight provided by his visits to some of the best pizza locations in Italy is priceless. After reading about one of his visits I was visualizing the awkwardness he felt in the 15 mins while getting schooled by an Italian master. This book does exclude any major discussion of California or Chicago deep dish style pizza. The next section describes (in about a page for each pizza) what to expect when you cook each type of pizza. Each style is concluded with bullet points talking about the desired results for the crust, sauce, etc. This may be the first book that dedicates any zone to American Bar Pizza, which is a pizza with no outer layer of crust. Chapter 3 is where the author really starts to define his own pizza philosophy which has a large focus on crust. The eight hints for amazing crust discuss subjects such as hydration, time, temperature, salt, mixing and climate. The brief narrative on hydration really helped me understand why my previous pizzas were coming out so various when using my home oven vs. my outdoor oven. The methods sections is very helpful and describes each of the steps used to create the pizzas. The key steps are shown in photographs and describes in narrative form. While making my first dough I found myself turning to this section over and over as I worked through the recipe. For some folks there could probably be more pictures but the pictures included are of the most necessary parts. I tested the “24- to 48-Hour Pizza Dough” recipe and was sort of scared at first. The dough was extremely sticky to work because of the 70% hydration level. I followed the instructions closely from mixing, kneading and shaping and the dough stayed beautiful sticky the whole time. Mr. Forkish isn’t really scared of adding additional flour to the mix to hold it less sticky but I was tentative due to some previous pizza books I’ve read. After the 2nd fermentation and letting the dough warm up for 90 mins I found that it was no longer sticky (I increased my additional flour at this point) and it was a pleasure to work with. It stretched so easily and basically shaped itself. In other books I’ve had problem getting my dough to stretch to the listed size (even after weighing my dough balls) but this dough actually exceeded the size, and was hanging over the edge of my pizza peel. I created the dough using King Arthur Flour. The dough I made resulted in three dough balls, I used two and chop the third in half to allow my children create their own pizzas. For the first pizza we created the Margherita and Arugula and followed the recipe closely. Our second pizza was a created up concoction of smoked gouda, mozzarella and caramelized onions. The children created a pizza with tomato sauce, olive oil, soppresata, and olives and one without sauce. The author uses a pizza stone or baking steel and utilizes a combo of the oven and broiler in all the recipes. Unfortunately our oven does not have a broiler and the temp maxes out at 50F less than his recommended cooking temp (our oven is not normal). We did use a baking stone placed in the middle of our oven and we heated the oven for an extended time. We prepared the pizza on a wooden peel and slid it easily onto the stone (I have had a lot of practice). The pizza was finished in about 6 minutes. The crust was beautiful, although not as deeply brown as those in the book, airy, the bottom was thin and crisp. Although crisp it was foldable. The texture of the crust was perfect. The flavor of the dough was above average but I think using a longer fermented dough could elevate it to great. As I mentioned before the dough was extremely simple to work with. My 5 & 7 year old kids both stretched and created nice looking mini pizzas. Although my review commented mostly on the dough aspect of this cookbook the actual pizza recipes all look really great. There are over 35 recipes ranging from Italian, Fresh York, Ken’s Pizza Classics, Flatbreads, Vegetables and Other. The recipe section (and the rest of the book) are filled with delicious looking photos. Overall I would recommend this book to a pizza maker of any level. I really enjoyed the pizzas we created from this book and am going to create one of the longer fermented dough recipes soon. The tidbits of info that Ken Forkish adds into a lot of sections about hydration, oven temperature and fermentation create this book worth having in my collection. The recipes and images create it a pizza book I’ll use often.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
I have been making my own pizza at home for 5 years (and have a starter to prove it) because of my meal allergies. The only baked amazing I can successfully create is pizza. This book has some recipes and tricks I have never seen before, like various times and temp tricks where you preheat than just before loading pizza use broiler, then after loading pizza to return to baking. It gets a various type of crust reaction, closer to what I have gotten in some better pizza locations with REAL pizza oven (wood or coal fired). I don't wish to give them all away but that alone is worth the book. The physical book construction is also really well done especially for a cookbook that will probably see more abuse than a paperback.
The first thing that stands out about this book is the helpful method in which the sections have been arranged. There is an absolutely gorgeous introduction chapter called appropriately The Soul of Pizza, and for the first time when reading a cookbook I found myself immersed in a unbelievable story of pizza and the regions of Italy that take pizza to levels of yummy perfection. It is a carefully researched and beautifully written story and I actually read it all the method through (something I never do with cookbooks). I guess that is because The Elements of Pizza is actually much more than a cookbook. It embraces all things pizza, not least of all pizza's Italian origins and the unbelievable culture it arose from. Ken Forkish does an awesome job of capturing the beauty of the Italian country (amazing awesome photography wow), and the skill and dedication of pizza artisans there who have been perfecting their skill for generations with loving dedication. His descriptions of the consistency of crusts and the different regional tastes is nothing short of miraculous. I mean I could really imagine the taste and texture of the pizza. It is a mouth-watering and very inspiring journey into the globe of stead of finding a bunch of pizza recipes attached to a couple dough recipes, as in most recipe books, I discovered in this book a whole chapter talking about nothing but dough. And by that I mean to say there are 12 various pizza dough recipes plus one gluten-free pizza dough recipe. They are divided into helpful categories based on time it takes to create the doughs, starting with 5 fairly quick doughs, followed by refrigerated doughs that take 24, 48 or 72 hours respectively, followed by a couple naturally-leavened doughs, and then some more specialty doughs. In other words, this chapter alone has taught me all I need to know about every pizza dough I could ever wish to make. Wow. I am absolutely delighted. Huge smile on my face. It takes all the confusion and uncertainty out of the process and helps one master the whole globe of pizza dough in short order. I am sure it will take lots of practice to actually master the making of the doughs, but at least here there is a clear and solid foundation to build on. I just love it!I also love the subsequent chapter that is divided into sections, to give pizza recipes specific to each region. It starts with recipes that are real to Italian and/or Italian-style pizza. Followed by Fresh York style recipes, and then a section of Ken's own artisan creations, and then specialty recipes, some Trifecta flatbreads, and then vegetable and other recipes. This awesome and comprehensive chapter starts with a bunch of recipes for pizza sauce alone, including 2 ways of making primary tomato sauce, FWSY sauce (Flour Water Salt Yeast), Vodka sauce, and Fresh York pizza ere is a whole chapter dedicated to talking about info for making Amazing Pizza Crust... an extremely helpful resource... with attractive photos. I feel like it is an actual pizza-making class, at a height I could only previously dream of attaining. Ken Forkish makes it seem so easy and elementary. It is very well written and an invaluable resource. Again, a beautifully powerful foundation with which to start a pizza making journey... practice will create perfect, I trust. Honestly, even my most scatterbrained attempts at making pizza have been delicious and yummy. One can hardly go wrong with pizza. It is a meal of the gods.. hehe... but this book is something else. It will take your pizza skills to fresh levels and enable amazing control over the crust consistency and texture and taste. This is something I had not mastered before. And this book gives such a dozens of various styles and types of dough that I will never again be stuck making just the one kind of pizza, as I have been. The taste and consistency of the dough is shown to be the true king in pizza, more so than the toppings themselves. The toppings are unbelievable in this book and beautifully varied. But the dough is really what I am excited to work with here. And I can't wait to compare side by side the various tastes of Italian versus Fresh York style pizza, both of which I have always conclusion, this book is really not to be missed by any pizza lover. It is comprehensive, beautifully presented, and the photography is plentiful and stunning. it will teach and inspire anyone, I think, to delve into the exciting globe of pizza making. And it gives a passionate and loving history of the art, with a detailed study of pizza making in Italy. Ken Forkish actually went there and worked and talked with some of the greatest pizza artisans in Italy. And it's all in this book, with images of the pizzaiolos (pizza makers) that he talked to, and images of their establishments. And some really inspired shots of Naples too. This is the most passionate, authentic, helpful, delicious book on pizza I have ever seen!PS: FYI ...My pizza making, personally, is in a 30" Viking gas oven, and more recently in a Uuni 2 wood-fired (900F) pizza oven (amazing birthday show thank you dear hubby). The Uuni 2 bakes pizza super quick so the times of baking have to be adjusted accordingly... Amazing for the thinner crust pizzas
The Elements of Pizza is formatted fairly similarly to the author's previous masterpiece: Flour Water Salt Yeast. There is a very lengthy introduction covering the soul of pizza (at least as it relates to the Naples, Rome, and Fresh York regions as well as American pan/bar pizza and flat breads). If you're hoping for a book that covers Sicilian pizza or Chicago-style pizza or St. Louis-style pizza, then this is not the book for you (or at least, you'll need another one). Ken focuses on a few pizza styles and dives into what makes them so amazing and how to recreate them in your home kitchen. Ken's tip spans 40 pages of text and accompanying photos, wherein he explains the key ingredients for making amazing pizza, the important equipment, and the right methods for working with pizza dough. His explanation of the two techniques for loading pizza onto the stone from the peel is both humorous and brilliant - here's hoping it helps me not botch the first pizza of the night like I normally far as the actual recipes go, there's a fair amount of diversity in both dough recipes and topping suggestions. A couple of the recipes are almost identical to their sibling recipe from Flour Water Salt Yeast (at least the Saturday and Overnight doughs), but with at least one difference. Ken writes that he does not follow the autolyse process he promoted in FWSY given the traditions of pizza-making. He's modified his sauce recipes slightly too and none of the different topping recipes except the Margherita overlap. Also - there is one gluten-free dough recipe, with a amazing discussion on how the flour brand/mix can affect the final n's instructions on how to assemble and bake a dozens of pizzas and flatbreads are clear and encouraging. You might be a small anxious about turning your oven up so high (550 F) - his books are the first I've read calling for that high a temperature. However, his way works and yields sublime pizzas. Definitely a must read for anyone who wants to learn more about the art of pizza making and dough chemistry. Even if all you're looking for is the "I slept in but I still wish pizza" recipe plus the right baking method, this cookbook is worth every penny.
In the year 1900, 85 naturally occurring elements had been isolated and characterized. The fresh century had given rise to the identification of the halogens as members of the Fresh Group 7 of the periodic table. Other latest discoveries, including radioactivity, the nature of isotopes, quantum theory, and atomic number ( the definitive and special property of every element ), were all to play critical rolls in the find for fresh elements. Uranium ( atomic number 92 ) had been found in the nineteenth century. Uranium is the heaviest naturally occurring element, but that was not understood at the time. What WAS known was that Mosley's x-ray fluorescence ysis could characterize the atomic number of every element. App of this ysis to the ( then known ) elements brought a gracious order to the periodic table - and it showed that verifiable GAPS existed at atomic numbers 43, 61, 72, 75, 85, 87, and 91, where fresh elements were to be e death of Mendeleev in 1907 opened the twentieth century style quests for the missing elements. These quests were prompted by the fresh scientific tools, nationalism, and the hope for professional glory. Yet they were hindered by unfounded eagerness to publish, experimental difficulties, and antagonisms toward German scientists following Globe Battle I. So . . . despite the fresh tools available, this fresh element quest was slow going, characterized by a lot of retracted claims, misidentification of isotopes, and contentious ( but very polite ) priority wars in the chemical, physical and geological journals. The stories are every bit as exciting as those of the polar expeditions, medical breakthroughs, and artistic innovations taking put in this same time frame.
The general story of the discovery of these elements, and of filling out the infra-uranium periodic table, is very interesting. But for anyone but an academic in the field of history of science, the heart of that story could have been dealt with in an expanded essay rather than at book length. The book gets bogged down in a relatively trivial discussion of "priority disputes" (i.e. who gets the credit for the discovery), which even the author seems to be arguing are relatively arbitrary. Still, it's worth at least a skim. The intro can certainly be skipped by non-academics.
A primary understanding of the periodic table of elements will support the reader glean more from this fascinating book; however, the author makes it "user-friendly" enough for even the layperson to understand and enjoy. As a layperson myself, much of what I assumed about the history, creation and app of the periodic table and its elements was incorrect. Eric Scerri's ability to write succinctly while intuitively expounding upon clarification of terms and processes for those of us without a B.S. degree in chemistry or physics makes it a thoroughly enlightening and pleasurable read. What separates this book from other like-minded books that are written for and marketed to the general public is that this one works. Scerri successfully combines the right proportions of history, chemistry and physics that is inter-woven with compelling story-telling that keeps the reader engaged and motivated to continue reading (even through difficult passages like one quote written in French (literally).
"A Tale of Seven Elements" centers on the historical tale of the latest 7 elements to be discovered on the Periodic Table of Elements. For a reader of the history of elements, this book was a must have considering that there is very small published knowledge on the final seven elements or the exciting tale on how they were discovered. Dr Scerri did a unbelievable job of keeping the facts straight while making those facts interesting to read and enjoy. The chase for these elements can be considered a scientific thriller once the reader realizes just how a lot of various groups of scientists were trying to be the first to claim the right of being the discoverer, along with the national pride that comes with it.I would highly suggest this book to all chemists, students of science and those who are just looking for an interesting factual book on the process of discovery. Dr Scerri gives enough of a chemical background that even a novice in the field of chemistry can understand what is taking place, while giving enough info that those who come from a science background will not be bored.
Dr. Scerri's book is an perfect read and on my recommended list. He gives a nice review of the development of the periodic table and the scheme chemists and physicist have used to explore and doent the number of elements on our world. The prose is clear and to the point while being very fluid and accessible, I think, to all. He carefully provides the context and people who played all the necessary roles our progress toward understanding the structure and number of elements found on our globe and in universe. Both those that occur naturally here as well as how and when the most latest have been created. The elements of this story's use are also nicely outlined. This is a must read for anyone with an interest in science and seeking a clear understand of the human element involved in the business of science.
As a chemist I found the book o be fascinating. As I studied for my chosen career in the 1950's I was always interested in Element 43 -- technetium. I wondered if it really did have some of the characteristics of manganese, Element 25. What its the color of pertechnate? Is the color as intense as permanganate? Although his problem was not addressed, I still search it hard to believe that natural technetium is so e radioactive elements were addressed and truly their discovery was descried in amazing detail. Much various than the story of "Madame Curie" as depicted in the 1943 film. I was never sure why polonium was discovered before radium, and this fact became clearer in this book.I would recommend this book, to anyone who in interested in the evolution of the history of chemistry.
While working in the field of metallurgy for over 30 years, there have been certain elements I only knew as put markers on the periodic table. This book elucidates the find and discovery of these elements as well as the trials of a lot of of those working in that area. I think the book would appeal mainly to those with some science background although the author focuses on what truly constitutes discovery as well as the fact that today there are few discoveries that are the effect of only one persons work.I will probably order his book on the periodic table.
As a college student who hopes to spend my 20s traveling the world, this book has provided me with special perspective to use my travels as a means for both self-discovery and activism. I appreciated the interactive exercises and the formula this book provided to structure my future travel experiences.I know I will hold coming back to this book for years to come, and I recommend this to everyone.
Unbelievably dense and prolix. I would only use this book to torture my worst enemies. A bit of tip if you have to read this book. Read the first and latest line of every paragraph, everything else is babbleing and academic colloquialisms.
This was a mandatory textbook for a class and quite frankly, it's horribly written. You have to reread the same paragraph three times because the author of this book picked the most superfluous and inaccessible language possible to talk about what should be some interesting history. Had the author just written this in plain, bottom-line-up-front language, it would only be about 100 pages long.
This is not your average business tip book. If you are ready to create some changes, build your business to meet your needs and personality style, and feel like your business is supporting you, this is the book for you. It's been so helpful as a tutorial to support me figure out what I really wish and how to move in that direction. Standard business tip has never felt applicable in my practice. This is changing the android game for me! I appreciate the help I feel through the pages so much. It's a book I will return to for years!
This book is unlike other business books! Instead of a lot of confusing hype about blasting the shop on your method to six figures, you obtain thoughtful, grounded tip from seasoned practitioners. You are encouraged to be show with your practice in the same method you keep that therapeutic zone for your clients. Instead of flinching from uncomfortable cash stories or getting struck in your dread of marketing, there are gentle suggestions for improving your relationship with finances, policies and promotion. You learn that in doing so, you are not just taking care of your bottom line but you are creating a safe container for your clients. They will feel that reassurance on an energetic level and your practice will flourish. So a lot of practical suggestions are given but instead of feeling crazed by a long to-do list, you end up feeling calm and firmly rooted. In fact, reading this book almost feels like you are on the table receiving loving help from experienced hands.
Robyn and Kate have done an awesome job reflecting on just what has created their businesses so successful and then distilling that info into immediately usable "call to action" steps that can help the rest of us in working towards our business goals from and within a therapeutic model. There are a lot of amazing business resources out there for standard businesses that aren't easily translated for massage therapists, bodyworkers, CranioSacral Therapists, psychotherapists, etc. because of the deeply private nature of our work. Finally, a book just for us! I've read the book cover to cover and am now going back to work through each of the steps where I feel I need to grow. Thank you, Robyn and Kate, for gifting us with this wonderful resource.
This easy-to-read book is a valuable asset to therapeutic practitioners who often have not been schooled in the business side of their work. This book includes information a fresh or struggling practitioner needs to grow a successful practice. The approach is to invite the reader to respond thought provoking questions. In this way, the reader can develop her practice in accordance with her own values. In my own practice, one situation that has plagued me is how to ask a client to move on when the match is not working. The book provides a straight forward approach to this and other thorny situations we encounter.
This book should be needed by all the Craniosacral schools. Even though much of it was geared towards Craniosacral therapists, so much of the info can be used for any profession. I loved the writing style which kept it light and non textbook like which created it very simple to follow and kept me wanting to read to the next chapter. I found myself feeling validation for a lot of things I wondered but did not learn in any class. I highly recommend this book!
I want more people would read this book. The writing is good, with helpful references at the end of each chapter. As an environmental scientist, Tom Wessels has a well-founded and healthy perspective on economics, politics, and the future. He says no more and no less than he needs to. Anyone looking for a more educated view of the current state of the globe should read this. Obviously, I don't claim that this book is a comprehensive ysis of and solution to our current downward spiral, but Tom Wessels is, as far as I can tell, correct in most of what he claims in this book.
This outstanding book presents us, in a very humble way, a amazing deal of carefully chosen and neatly connected science facts that manage to effortlessly bring the reader to the evidence. Understanding and respecting earth's ecosystems is crucial to everyone, not only to ecologists.
I selected this book, with some trepidation, for use in my college humanities course on sustainability. I feared that it might be too science-based for my decidedly smart, but non-scientifically oriented students. I needn't have worried. Even the most science-challenged among them absolutely loved it. A beautifully written book that presents even the most complex ideas with clarity. Who knew that such a slim volume of elegantly radical perception would have the power to change lives?A must-read.
This beautifully done brief book deftly applies three primary laws of physics to the reality of human progress; the inescapable result, Wessels asserts, is about the same as how the law of gravity applies to a falling object when it impacts the solid Earth. Five earlier reviewers succinctly covered this book's merits; their unanimous verdicts salute its merits. Instead, I would like to add a question in the hopes of furthering the primary discussion: What happens when Progress self-destructs? Wessels cites the fate of deer on Attu and lemmings in Disney movies. What happens to people in related situations? London has survived several thousand years; rising time and again from the ruins of war, garbage, greed, human waste and industrial pollution. Is this the price of "progress"? Two steps to rise, then one step backward into the muck? If Global Warming causes heavy catastrophes, do people die, flee or wait for helicopters? The fate of London, Berlin, Rome and even Fresh Orleans reassures my faith in humanity; a look at the ruins shows the cost of survival and progress. Was Hurricane Katrina a preview of coming catastrophes? The rich flee, the not good die and everyone else loses their hard-earned material "progress" possessions. What if climate change triggers another Ice Age? The world's oceans rose 300 feet after the latest ice age, what if the world's oceans drop 300 feet? In brief, what does humanity do when faced with catastrophe? The notion of "progress" says people are getting smarter in handling raw materials as well as social conditions. Sadly, my reading of 'The Iliad' indicates no progress in private attitudes and relations since the arguments of Agamemnon, Achilles and the Achaeans. Progress is the interminable human desire to always do better. On an individual basis. To know the price of an excessive quest to always exceed, read 'Tammy Wynette' by Jimmy McDonough (ISBN 978-0-670-02153-6). Does a society, like some people, simply destroy itself as she did? Or does a society, as portrayed in 'Soylent Green,' simply adapt at whatever human cost is necessary? Wessels doesn't delve into such speculation, which lets his book stand as an exercise in scientific reasoning. It's why it is very worth while reading; Wessels presents facts, then lets readers consider the probable imponderables.
If you are thinking about installing or maintaining a rain garden, this book would be a valuable addition to your Master Gardener library. The authors have a wealth of experience in horticulture and stormwater best management practices. Their expertise is coupled with their photographic talents which, enliven and enlighten this unbelievable book. I have a rain garden in my front yard and found plenty to interest me inside these pages about sustaining and maintaining the rst is a useful and readable section on the value of water, with a unique attention given to stormwater. Their description of the journey from rainwater to a “toxic soup” inhabiting our streams, lakes, rivers, is stark and chilling. Yet they temper this with measures that we can place into put in our own landscapes that remediate the water quality of urban owledge of the watershed, stormwater permitting, and underground cables is stressed. In brief, a rain garden is a specially designed zone which, collects rainwater from roofs, driveways, patios, sidewalks, and other non-permeable areas. They are designed to quickly and efficiently absorb excess rainwater. And they are kind to our environment if you populate them with native plants. Use of fertilizer and pesticides becomes unnecessary.If you are fresh to rain gardening, this book clearly gives an excellent, logically planned, step-by-step tutorial to planning, locating, maintaining the rain garden. Needed tools, a tutorial to measurements, berm installation, and year-round care for your plants are e detail and accompanying photographs create clear the what, the how, the where, of a successful raingarden. Bumps in the street and cautions to be aware of are also explained.I found that just reading and rereading the chapters along with attention to photographs of rain gardens and flowers. The material is presented clearly. No need for a dictionary or textbook. And the authors’ approach makes it a project that we can envision installing ourselves, with a small support from our mates and Master gardeners.
This is the best comprehensive tutorial to rain gardens I have seen! The book's introduction educates the reader about water, explains what a rain garden is and its purpose. Steps for planning and constructing a rain garden are well explained and fully illustrated. Common tools required are described and often picture, which is a amazing aid to the do-it-your-selfer. Use of soil amendments and mulch are discussed and simple methods to calculate required amounts are described. Lists of plants to encourage wildlife (hummingbirds and butterflies) discourage consumption by deer and provide seasonal interest are included. Especially helpful is the list of plants that tolerate street salt, since rain gardens built near streets have to deal with salt used on the streets for winter maintenance. Tips on selecting and purchasing plants--including use of natives as well as cultivars--are included and a lot of plants are pictured and described in detail--height, bloom time and light requirements as well as their potential aggressively nature are discussed. There is a discussion of plants to avoid and a useful tutorial to perennials and [email protected]#$%!& by height. One of the best in-depth features of this book is a long chapter on maintaining a rain garden. It covers topics such as making and using compost, pruning of shrubs and tips on best times to add plants, weed, deadhead spent flowers, chop plants back.
I can't say anything poor about the info in this book at all. It clearly outlines how to set up your own permaculture operation and hold it e writing is a small dry, but not that bad, considering everything.A bit of land and an extensive, sustainable garden is a unbelievable idea!If you have an interest in sustainable living, I recommend this book highly.
What is permaculture? Permaculture is a method of life; it makes maximum use of resources by minimizing waste and maximizing potential; it is a tool for planet-repair; it is a method of creating wealth without causing environmental damage; it is about meeting our own needs without making the lives of other less pleasant; it is about limiting private consumption but gaining more than you lose; it is about using technology when it is the best method to accomplish a task; it is developing interdependence with the community rather than self-sufficiency; it is about reducing the work needed to meet a given end; it is about giving each of us the power to influence the globe from our own home. Permaculture is not about getting away from it all but taking control of our lives where we are. It is a concept and a practice with global implications because it is possible under any culture, in any climate and by people with any skills. Permacultue invites you to take care of yourself, your family and your immediate community, and to care for your neighbors in the widest possible sense, all around the globe. Permaculture is based on sound economics while making our lives more harmonious with the needs of the planet.Put in its simplest terms, permaculture asks people to place as much into life as they demand from it; but it starts with each individual because that is what is immediate and within our control and because only we have the power to affect the future by acting creatively for the amazing of ourselves and others. Permaculture starts in the home because that is the central point in time and zone from which all everyday occupations radiate. Designing the home to supply much of its own needs and to consume its own outputs would be a heavy contribution to global cleansing. Thoreau, in his book 'Walden' reviews his two-year experiment in easy living as a counter to industrialization and commerce that have driven people into virtual slavery. His remedy was to concentrate on easy requirements to free up time and energy for our spiritual needs. Our house should provide health for the family, peace for the spirit and harmony with the environment - and that is what permaculture strives to attain. Think globally but act locally is a slogan that reminds us, not just of our duty, but of our private ability to affect change for the better. Permaculture is best expressed in your own garden because gardening exhibits all the qualities of planet-care - it is little scale, local, ethical, and a private responsibility that brings together all strands of our relationship with nature; it is a common bond between families throughout the world. Permaculture is best expressed through the individual because leadership is so vital to building a better world. Every parent is a leader; every adult and every kid can become a leader. All it requires is to do something when you see something that needs doing and that something may be as easy as creating a garden along the lines described in this is book shows us how to meet our primary needs while leaving the earth richer; it helps us to relearn the value of nature; it helps us to understand fresh ways of being wealthy; it helps us to make a productive lifestyle without causing environmental damage. Although the specifics of this book are for the British Isles, the principles and philosophies are universal. At present, the earth cannot hold up with our rate of production and consumption. We must deepen our understanding of the land and our relationship to it. This doesn't mean that we all have to become peasant or subsistence farmers; permaculture seeks more rewarding paths to paradise. This book helps us to design our lives efficiently, not just to feed and clothe ourselves better but to take as small as possible of the earth's zone for the production of those needs; to do as small hurt as possible to the environment and whenever possible to return as much as possible to nature.David Bellamy starts his preface with these words. "I have four books in my library which form the cornerstones of my hope for the future: Marcus Porcius Cato's 'Treatise on Agriculture' (about 160 AD); Robert Sharrock's 'History of the Propagation and Improvement of Vegetables by the Concurrence of Art and Nature' (1660); Hans Jenny's 'The Soil Resource' (1980); and Bill Mollison's 'permaculture' (1988). I can now add this book to the collection, for it is of amazing importance. This is a spring-board text, which relaunches the wisdom of almost twenty centuries into the arena where it is most required and from which it can be most effective - the rich countries of the temperate world."At the 2002 Johannesburg Globe Summit for Sustainable Development, one resolution was to declare a Decade for Education on Sustainable Development starting in 2005. We must now begin thinking about what should be included in the fresh curriculum. Permaculture should definitely be included. If you wish to move away from the consumerist lifestyle; if you wish to live by more enduring values; if you are looking for answers to the question 'What can I do about curing our world?'; if you are looking for ways to improve your health and to live more harmoniously with nature; if you agree with Edmund Burke that "for the triumph of evil it is only important that amazing men do nothing"; then this well may be the book you have been looking for. This book should be in the library of everyone interested in building a better world.
This book seems to be mainly about explaining what Permaculture is and not how to systematically create your yard or farm a permaculture...there are chapters called 'gardening' and 'orchards' and 'agriculture' that are helpful but not hugely specific for a novice. It basically gives one an overall idea of what to look for but then you have to obtain other books specific to each need such as herb gardens, vegetable gardens, companion planting, and then test to fit those in to the idea of a permaculture. I guess I was looking for "sustainable horticulture" entirely various thing I guess.
This book offers a amazing summary on the different subjects inside pernicious, and points out some sources for detailed information. The motivational messages throughout the book is far more noticed than the actual practical steps though. Yet the book is very well written.
Regardless of one person's opinion about this book being dry, it is considered one of the best tried and real permaculture manuals out there. The illustrations are funny and poignant and the info accessible and aplicable to a modern so be sure to check out the forthcoming "Food Not Lawns" by Heather Coburn due out next Summer. It is sure to be among the best-ever urban gardening books.
For those interested in the field of Permaculture, I think this is a amazing book to read after a few introductory books on the subject. This goes deep and may throw some people off until they "get the bug". Then you will eat it up!~There is so much more to Permaculture than being an "organic gardener" or being "green" (hate that latest term to death!) It is about society, relationships in every aspect of life. This is my go-to book over and over again and I never stop learning because there is no end to Permaculture; it is all a long learning process for even the experts!Make sure this is part of your library eventually if you are serious about his science.
I read this book about a year ago so I can't be too detailed. But I appreciated this accessible introduction to the entire field of permaculture as a philosophy. Not just focused on farm or landscaping design, Bell explicates deeper community design and planning that mollison usually just suggests in passing. Particularily interesting was his discussion of Community centered currency and exchange programs like BREAD in Berkeley
When I started reading Ellen Moyer’s unbelievable fresh book, Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves I was angry. She was going too simple on the System and the people who are causing all the issues she so clearly lays out for o disclaimers: I was given a free PDF of the book prerelease (but after I read it I bought a true book for my grandchildren). I was asked to provide an unbiased review and I have tried my best to do so. I am a certified (or certifiable) liberal.When I finished the book, it became clear what a unbelievable job Dr. Moyer had done. She has identified as a true issue the impacts our lives are making on the globe and our species. She has also identified how we need to begin working together to solve these issues not in a little scale practical way. No huge Politics, no Revolution, just neighbors of amazing will working is is one of the few attempts to obtain our divided country inching towards some kind of cooperation that might work. She lays out the environmental and health issues we all face in a clear, practical, and non-political way. Similarly her solution is not to change the System, but rather to work together at the grass roots. Whether or not this book gets you off the couch and out making a difference, it is an perfect exposition of the issues we face and a clear path forward. This is a book you need to read this year!
Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves is an invigorating read with wide-ranging thoughts about the scourge we humans have wrought on our earth and what we can do about it—that is, if we act now. This book created me angry; it also gave me hope, and energized me to re-imagine the changes I can create for the health and well-being of our planet and all of her e author, Ellen Moyer, is a Ph.D. civil engineer, a personal-development devotee, and a self-described generalist. She sees and makes connections across disciplines, and thus, has served up an integrated three-part rt One, “World Out of Whack,” is an accounting our of current, dire, doom and gloom situation. Moyer incites and depresses us with the frightening reality of our catastrophic, eco-system-disruptive practices: from ecological degradation due to heavy deforestations; to agricultural practices that rob the earth of topsoil and nutrients; to water that is contaminated with pharmaceuticals, massive metals, fertilizers and other known toxins; to the rise in obesity, diabetes, and diabetes-related disease; to gross economic inequities leading to malnutrition and violence; to the glut of items we buy—designed for obsolescence, that ends up choking our landfills or floating like super-sized plastic mattresses in our oceans; to, of course, global climate change caused by increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases “that threatens just about everything we depend on.” The list is long and daunting. “We will either obtain with the program or Earth will obtain rid of us pesky humans,” Moyer rt One concludes with the promise that the rest of the book will be devoted to “how humans can make upward spirals important to survive and thrive, both as individuals and as a species.” Moyer delivers on that rt Two, “Our Selves,” is what I would call the Self Support section of the book. I found myself highlighting a lot of passages I’ll refer back to when my courage needs bolstering or my activist batteries need yer uses private narrative and, also, recounts the wisdom of eminent thought-leaders to create the case that we—the human species, would be healthier and happier if we weren’t compromising the future of our planet, if we were living sustainably. The chapter titles of Part Two give you an idea about the sustainable practices Moyer advocates: Organic Agriculture, Cleaner Energy, Smart Water Management, Forest Protection, Contraception, Green Chemistry, Health Care, Conservation and Efficiency, and Info Sharing and an interview Moyer conducted with environmental winner Marion Stoddart, Stoddart—who has seen a lot in her long life of advocacy, said, “Most action, unfortunately, takes put only when things reach a critical stage.” We are at that rt Three of Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves provides concrete examples of actions we can take as individuals and collectively to mitigate the issues we humans have yer concludes her book with this summary: “Time is our scarcest resource. We absolutely can succeed if we accelerate the positive changes already underway, starting right now. What’s more, you and I can thrive in the process.” I like Moyer’s optimism. I feel skeptically e author, Ellen Moyer, gave me an advance review copy and asked for my honest opinion. I live in a cabin in the woods and am engaged in the love, care, and protection of people and our planet.
This is a unbelievable book. The author writes well, which definitely increases the readability of the book. It is divided into three parts. The first part describes the state of our earth as it is today, as it has developed over the years. Included are disturbing anecdotes and pictures that are hard to take. Yet somehow, even while stating the truth without mincing words, the author manages to instill a sense of hope into this section that makes it eminently more readable than one would expect. The second and third parts of the book focus on solutions. Again, the author intersperses vast amounts of thoroughly researched info with interesting and inspiring and hopeful anecdotes. The amount of research that has been done to write this book is hugely impressive. The book is highly motivating and has changed my life for the better, inspiring me to test to search even little ways in which I can support in addressing climate change and creating a sustainable e author of this book provided me with an advance review copy and asked me to provide an objective review.
The globe needs a change and that change is in us. Recycling is no longer enough, but we don't know enough either. This book provides an simple but entertaining read on how to lead a more environmentally sustainable life. Provides interesting data and hints on how to change or adapt our day to day to support the environment. If only we were more informed, our method of consuming would be different. This book will support you to be more aware of this and to be part of the change. I really recommend it!
Amazing book... necessary message. As someone with very small time but a passion for health and the planet, I had been looking for an simple but thorough read about how eating interacts with the environment and I found it in this book! It gave me the info and encouragement that I required to create a dietary change that I could feel amazing about - and easily do! I not only feel physically better, I am living more of the sustainable life that I believe in. Grab a copy for you and anyone you know who might benefit from knowing they and the planet are both healthier as a effect of a easy diet change.
“Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves” has rightfully earned numerous positive reviews for its content and clarity. I’d like to touch on part of the book that has, to some extent, received less attention—its use of “chunking” to show its message. Info is divided into little pieces or chunks to support the reader understand the material easily and quickly. Short chapters are typically divided into six or seven sections with clear headings. Private comments from the author appear in gray boxes. Indented and centered call-outs are printed in italics and then framed by double lines to call attention to key points presented in the body of the text. For example, "Computers recently revolutionized our method of life and our economy. Now, sustainability can do the same." Overall, the book makes amazing use of white zone that invites the reader to delve into the material. The proposals for action in the text are, in fact, so accessible that readers can easily understand how they can begin working to improve the environment. The book is not a treatise but rather a conversation with you and me as the ones who need to support create things better.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who doesn't believe in climate change and the human destruction of our planet. Ellen is very convincing, and makes difficult concepts simple to understand. Her description of the interconnectedness of humans, economy, and planet earth really created me pause and think. She changed my method of thinking about how I can take (even) little steps to create a difference. I have already begun to implement a few of her recommendations. I also loved how she intertwined her own life experiences into the technical aspects of the book. I especially loved the description of her little city and the successful and engaging political process they have been able to sustain, despite the craziness of our world. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think believers and non-believers alike will take something away from it.
This is a well-written passionate book about the inevitability of the climate change, our role in it as humans and the things we can do as individuals to support the situation. The author seems to have worked through a large body of scientific papers on the subject, which he references masterfully in the narration. The argumentation is powerful and logical, the language is very understandable and the notice is very powerful. The author also has own perspective throughout the text which makes it private and not a mere fact review.
This book presents a convincing argument that our current fixation on a everyday consumption of mammal meat is killing our planet, undermining our economies and damaging our health. The amazing news, according to the book, is we don't have to go "cold turkey" with the beef - by simply reducing the amount of "red" meat we consume, we will be doing ourselves, and the planet a globe of good. I love how the author presents compelling discussion without pontificating. Well recommended for anyone concerned about their health, the environment and/or the economy.
Clear, concise, compelling. These are descriptors that came to mind even as I was still reading Ellen Moyer's treatise on sustainability. Dr. Moyer covers a broad array of global problems in a manner one would expect of an engineer. She describes complex, interrelated issues of sustainability, economics, and private health and well-being with a declarative style and vernacular that bring them to our attention vividly and sharply. For example: “Westerners believe that ‘survival of the fittest’ means duking it out – between or among species, with the victor surviving and the loser dying. Yet this ignores countless real-life examples in which cooperation makes species fittest.” (p.43) The species that fit best with Nature and other species will thrive. This is an necessary concept in the global sustainability narrative that we have misunderstood for generations but must now urgently grasp.Dr. Moyer moves through a lot of such problems with both brevity and clarity. Her style and pace let the reader to maintain interest in the current subject and curiosity about the next. Certainly no stranger to data and scientific notation, she deftly avoids these so as not to confound the reader but rather stick to the heart of the her section on Health and Happiness, the matter-of-fact scientist/engineer surprises with: “Love is absolutely needed for the survival of our species…human survival depends on once again loving future human generations. Our current course involves sticking them with a huge environmental mess…” (p.113) This elegant phrasing is typical of her calling-us-out in a calm but strong manner. These powerful but non-judgmental calls to action are ubiquitous throughout the second-half, solutions phase of the book. She brings home essence with a easy sentence: “Effects of climate change warn us to stop burning things – period.” (p.151) It is noteworthy that more of the book is dedicated to solutions than to problems. Too a lot of writers go into amazing depth describing the issues facing current and future generations then seem to run out of gas, leaving a scant few pages for overly-broad, often-fuzzy solutions. Not so Dr. Moyer. Her solutions are numerous and practical, true calls to action for both individuals and organizations, corporations and governments. She summarizes these as “five major actions: obtain cash out of politics, green our method of life, green our economies, strengthen our democracies, and make social equality.” (p.204) Then in characteristic style, she provides several bullet points to expand each action and light the path to accomplishment.Dr. Moyer’s book is extremely well-referenced. She deftly utilizes relevant quotes to reinforce her points while sticking to subject and context. She calls on philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore to weigh in on “How We Can Each Help”: “‘We’ve got to remember that the next generation will have to live in whatever is left of the globe after we obtain done with it.’ “(p.118, note 392)While not intended to be joyful, the book is nonetheless uplifting as a hopeful and useful tutorial to sustainability. Dr. Moyer’s call to action is firm and urgent, but compassionate and encouraging at the same time. Thank you Dr. Moyer, and well done.
Sustainability. For me, I obtain overwhelmed just thinking about reducing my carbon footprint, trash, and helping turn back the tide of global warming. And when I look in the news, it feels even more hopeless. Enter Our Earth, Our Species, Ourselves which has actually inspired me, created me hopeful and helped me begin changing my habits. This book is EMPOWERING. I would love to see it taught in every high school and college as I think when we're overwhelmed we don't take action, but given inspiring and empowering tools like this, we do! Thank you Dr. Moyer for motivating us.
Ellen Moyer’s book, Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive while creating a Sustainable World, went on a 10-day fishing trip to Canada with me. It was the first book I have ever immediately re-read.I found the her arguments relevant and well-annotated. Like a lot of sustainability writers, she provides a wealth of info about the state of our industrialized practices that are destroying the planet, but she more importantly she reflects on how she arrived at being an action-oriented earth steward from childhood to adulthood. Her focus on private development and significance of self reflection through life's struggles has particular app and was a amazing connecting point for me. She shares a lot of private experiences along her journey in a deep, reflective manner, further engaging my interests and deepening my self actualization process. Ellen craftily connects diet, exercise and meditation into how we can build a better, more sustainable economy and a much healthier planet. Clearly, she talks the talk AND walks the walk!I highly recommend this book.
Ms. Moyer has done a unbelievable job in her very thorough assessment of our environmental condition. Rather than a typical evangelistic rant she offers a quite scholarly ysis that does not require deep topic matter expertise to digest. Her comprehensive treatment examines our earth's condition and prescribes a multi-faceted and realistic prescrpted response. This effort is well researched, well supported and well cited; in short quite simply well done.
A thoughtful, reasoned and organized argument for eating lower on the meal chain, specifically avoiding mammals. The author makes a amazing argument for the somewhat familiar environmental and health concerns about meat. He is also rather convincing on the whole concept of consciousness, going far beyond just the suffering of factory raised animals. The book articulates a lot of vague questions and concerns I’ve had about eating meat. Not a page turner, but very interesting and a amazing read; quite convincing and sensible without being preachy.
Ellen Moyer is not fooling around. In just 200 pages she covers a large amount of well-researched info that we need if we are going to save our globe from environmental disaster. The stakes could not be higher. It is simple to obtain discouraged. But Dr. Moyer is hopeful, explaining how a lot of of our issues have developed yet how we have tools and knowledge to be part of the changes required to remediate what human activity and policies threaten. She shines light on an abundance of everyday activities and advocacy we can do, individually and together. For example, there are local problems and organizations that need your help, and a lot of ideas are included here. This book takes a balanced approach to explaining a lot of of the issues we face. For example, while huge business must be pressured to change when it acts with short-sighted self interest in ways that damage our earth, Dr. Moyer also recognizes the need to work with businesses. Governmental policies can help, or hurt. The author believes that campaign finance reform is one change it is necessary to support. Dr. Moyer is also optimistic about the chance of individual growth. Taking care of ourselves is another theme of the book. While the reader may not embrace all of the author's ideas, there truly is something here for everyone. I recommend that you use this book as a reference to return to for information, ideas, and the inspiration to be a part of the changes that are so dearly required to save the natural wonders that both grace our lives, are under attack, and are important for the interdependent survival of our air, water, land, plants, animals, and addition, taking care of ourselves along the method is another theme of the book.
In “The No Mammal Manifesto,” Rogers invites us to create the connection between what we place on our plates every day with what is going down on the planet and he lays out the research behind his recommendations—with love and is was an interesting read that not only inspired more healthy changes in my life, it’s started some very interesting (and yes—positive!) conversations between the vegetarians and non-vegetarians at my dinner cessible and informative. I recommend it!
This easy book has some things we may all already know but there is some new, useful Info Included as well. Not preachy, helpful, simple to read, nicely laid out Information in the paragraphs. Love the coloring in the book feels very calming. Not a lot of but there are some easy and cute drawings throughout the book. I like this book very much. It helps me travel eco friendly without waste or putting stress on the planet or adding to the trash problem. Who better than someone who works with Cirque Du Solie to talk about travel? Very satisfied with purchase! Shows up very nicely and clearly on my Kindle Fire.
We might think we are doing "enough" to be eco-conscious but there are so a lot of more things possible. A little change can have huge results. Luana's book gives plenty of ideas and very real, practical tips! Have a listen... create a difference.
Honestly, the best part of the book is the cover. As a regular blog reader, I was really looking forward to getting a glimpse into Erin's client work. While her projects are certainly beautiful and suitable to my taste, I am unimpressed at the diversity throughout her portfolio. Allow me spare you the purchase if you're on the fence and tell you what a project consists of: Greek Key trim on curtain panels, roman shades with an accent band, a sunburst mirror, Amanda Talley artwork, X-benches in the foyer, Hermes/Prada labels, staged Hunter boots, the repeated Target gold frame, gray gray gray, Bengal Bazaar, Jiri Ikat, and a sputnik chandelier for the win. The redundancy is apparent.Would I love my house to incorporate all of those things? Sure - and I do, and I love them. I'm not saying she has poor taste. The book simply exhibits a lower level of design innovation, and I do not consider this to be even close in the ranks of other published designers. I wish to be inspired by unexpected design applications when I read a design book. I don't wish to recognize every trendy product, or read something that I, an amateur, would already think to do myself.