Social Science

Radical Homemakers

Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture

Author: Shannon Hayes

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 160358269X

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 6360

Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises-drive less, consume less, increase self-reliance, buy locally, eat locally, rebuild our local communities. In essence, the great work we face requires rekindling the home fires.Radical Homemakers is about men and women across the U.S. who focus on home and hearth as a political and ecological act, and who have centered their lives around family and community for personal fulfillment and cultural change. It explores what domesticity looks like in an era that has benefited from feminism, where domination and oppression are cast aside and where the choice to stay home is no longer equated with mind-numbing drudgery, economic insecurity, or relentless servitude. Radical Homemakers nationwide speak about empowerment, transformation, happiness, and casting aside the pressures of a consumer culture to live in a world where money loses its power to relationships, independent thought, and creativity. If you ever considered quitting a job to plant tomatoes, read to a child, pursue creative work, can green beans and heal the planet, this is your book.
House & Home

A Householder's Guide to the Universe: A Calendar of Basics for the Home and Beyond

Author: Harriet Fasenfest

Publisher: Tin House Books

ISBN: 0982569165

Category: House & Home

Page: 260

View: 3499

In an era when go local, organic food, and sustainability are one the tip of everyone's tongues, Harriet Fasenfest's A Householder's Guide to the Universe takes up the banner of progressive homemaking and urban farming as a way to confront the political, social, and environmental issues facing our world today. In an era when go local, organic food, and sustainability are on the tip of everyone's tongues, Harriet Fasenfest's A Householder's Guide to the Universe takes up the banner of progressive homemaking and urban farming as a way to confront the political, social, and environmental issues facing our world today. Offering grass-roots practical advice on how to shop, garden, run a household, preserve and cook food, and more, Fasenfest also discusses the philosophy of householding. In A Householder's Guide to the Universe, which is organized according to season and presented in monthly installments, Fasenfest invites the reader into her home, garden, and kitchen to consider concrete tools for change. Streetwise and poetic, fierce and romantic, the book provides not only a way out of our current economic and environmental logjam but also a readable and often funny analysis of how we got there.
Social Science

Making is Connecting

Author: David Gauntlett

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745637752

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 4426

In Making is Connecting, David Gauntlett argues that, through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. Both online and offline, we see that people want to make their mark on the world, and to make connections. During the previous century, the production of culture became dominated by professional elite producers. But today, a vast array of people are making and sharing their own ideas, videos and other creative material online, as well as engaging in real-world crafts, art projects and hands-on experiences. Gauntlett argues that we are seeing a shift from a ‘sit-back-and-be-told culture' to a ‘making-and-doing culture'. People are rejecting traditional teaching and television, and making their own learning and entertainment instead. Drawing on evidence from psychology, politics, philosophy and economics, he shows how this shift is necessary and essential for the happiness and survival of modern societies.
Alternative lifestyles

Radical Homemakers

Changing the World from Your Own Backyard

Author: Shannon Hayes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781921462214

Category: Alternative lifestyles

Page: 307

View: 5776

Radical Homemakers from across the country speak out about their personal empowerment to bring about true change, find genuine happiness, to cast aside the pressures of a consumer culture, and live in a world where money loses much of its power to relationships, independent thought, and creativity.
Crafts & Hobbies

Homeward Bound

Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity

Author: Emily Matchar

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 145166544X

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 272

View: 2383

An investigation into the societal impact of intelligent, high-achieving women who are honing traditional homemaking skills traces emerging trends in sophisticated crafting, cooking and farming that are reshaping the roles of women.
Cooking

Long Way on a Little

An Earth Lover's Companion for Enjoying Meat, Pinching Pennies and Living Deliciously

Author: Shannon Hayes

Publisher: Left to Write

ISBN: 9780979439124

Category: Cooking

Page: 266

View: 5553

Contains easy recipes for meats, poultry, and eggs along with a discussion on livestock and their role in a sustainable society.
Social Science

Superbia!

31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods

Author: Dan Chiras,Dave Wann

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550923234

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 8198

The only book that shows how to transform existing suburbs to create environment- and people-friendly neighborhoods...
House & Home

Making Home

Adapting Our Homes and Our Lives to Settle in Place

Author: Sharon Astyk

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 1550925091

Category: House & Home

Page: 336

View: 1017

A better life means having less, not having more
Cooking

The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook

Healthy Cooking and Good Living with Pasture-raised Foods

Author: Shannon Hayes

Publisher: Left to Write

ISBN: 9780967367026

Category: Cooking

Page: 269

View: 2292

The original cookbook for grassfed and pastured meats that has become the classic go-to reference for the local food movement: “Farming is a world of its own,” writes author and grass-based farmer Shannon Hayes, “tied more to the ebb and flow of nature than to the pulse of changing food trends.” Take a passionate journey with The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook through the lush, emerald-green fields of America’s best pasture-based farms, where cattle, pigs, bison, goats, sheep, and poultry roam freely, eating what nature intended and acting on their natural instincts. In The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, Hayes details her own journey from farmer to foodie and back to the farm again. She lays out, in simple terms, the nutritional, environmental, social, and animal-welfare benefits of grass-fed foods and offers simple strategies for finding and preparing grass-fed meats and dairy products, as well as foolproof techniques for getting the most out of your purchases. Inside The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, you’ll discover the unique flavors and distinct characteristics of foods that come from animals raised on pasture. You’ll learn how meat and dairy products are meant to taste through a multitude of mouth-watering recipes, including Hayes’s own and her favorites from other pasture-based farmers. Each recipe is carefully selected and tested, and geared toward home cooks who have a desire to eat healthy, home-cooked meals. “One of the greatest joys of cooking and serving grass-fed meats and dairy is knowing that they come from farmers who have made conscious choices about stewarding the land in environmentally responsible ways, raising livestock in a humane fashion, and living their own lives in accordance with their values. Here you’ll meet many of those farmers and have access to their favorite recipes. It’s my hope that as you read their stories and savor their favorite dishes, you’ll come to realize the magnitude of your decision to support them and their colleagues by making grass-fed meats and dairy your first choice.” – Shannon Hayes, The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook
Biography & Autobiography

The Nourishing Homestead

One Back-to-the-Land Family’s Plan for Cultivating Soil, Skills, and Spirit

Author: Ben Hewitt,Penny Hewitt

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603585516

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 6885

Drawing on the authors' own experiences in Vermont, shares practical advice on building a sustainable homestead from the ground up and launching a small-scale farming operation.
Religion

What Falls from the Sky

How I Disconnected from the Internet and Reconnected with the God Who Made the Clouds

Author: Esther Emery

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310345146

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 8678

Esther Emery was a successful playwright and theater director, wife and mother, and loving it all - until, suddenly, she wasn’t. When a personal and professional crisis of spectacular extent leaves her reeling, Esther is left empty, alone in her marriage, and grasping for identity that does not define itself by busyness and a breakneck pace of life. Something had to be done. What Falls from the Sky is Esther’s fiercely honest, piercingly poetic account of a year without Internet - 365 days away from the good, the bad, and the ugly of our digital lives - in one woman’s desperate attempt at a reset. Esther faces her addiction to electronica, her illusion of self-importance, and her longing to return to simpler days, but then the unexpected happens. Her experiment in analog is hijacked by a spiritual awakening, and Esther finds herself suddenly, inexplicably drawn to the faith she had rejected for so long. Ultimately, Esther’s unplugged pilgrimage brings her to a place where she finally finds the peace - and the God who created it - she has been searching for all along. What Falls from the Sky offers a path for you to do the same. For all the ways the Internet makes you feel enriched and depleted, genuinely connected and wildly insufficient, What Falls from the Sky reveals a new way to look up from your screens and live with palms wide open in a world brimming with the good gifts of God.
Self-Help

Homespun Mom Comes Unraveled

... and Other Adventures from the Radical Homemaking Frontier

Author: Shannon Hayes

Publisher: Left to Write

ISBN: 9780979439193

Category: Self-Help

Page: 152

View: 3432

In spite of being hidden away on her family's mountain farm in the Northern Catskills, Shannon Hayes' words rang out around the world when she first published Radical Homemakers, a clarion call to men and women everywhere to make hearth and community the center of an ecologically sustainable future. In the face of fierce criticism, she has become the voice of a new generation of parents, farmers and urban and rural homesteaders committed to a life of self-reliance, economic independence, and community interdependence; free from corporate domination, grueling work schedules, and endless hours in the car driving to soccer games and ballet lessons. But the life path she advocates is not an easy one. It is rife with sticky counters, messy projects, dirty laundry, vomiting children, and dusty shelves. Here, in a collection of 29 essays taken from her popular weekly Tuesday Posts at TheRadicalHomemaker.net, Hayes unveils the gritty details of her own radical homemaking life. We see her vulnerabilities, her mistakes, and her greatest lessons as she navigates through myriad topics from family finance and homegrown food, to homeschooling (all the way from sex ed to higher ed), to housekeeping, health care, and the power of community. This collection of heartwarming and humorous tales is sure to energize radical homemakers and inform and inspire countless readers new to this movement to pick up a garden hoe, hang out their laundry, or simply linger a bit longer with friends and loved ones around a home-cooked meal.
Business & Economics

Making Supper Safe

One Man's Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety

Author: Ben Hewitt

Publisher: Rodale Books

ISBN: 1609614127

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 2703

Food recalls have become so ubiquitous we hardly even notice them. The massive peanut salmonella contamination of 2008–2009 alone killed nine and sickened an estimated 22,500 people; only a few weeks later, contaminated frozen cookie dough sent 35 people to the hospital. These tragic, inexcusable events to which no one is immune are but a symptom of a broader food system malaise. In Making Supper Safe, Ben Hewitt exposes the vulnerabilities inherent to the US food industry, where the majority of our processing facilities are inspected only once every seven years, and where government agencies lack the necessary resources to act on early warning signs. The most dangerous aspect of our food system isn't just its potential to make us acutely ill, but the ever expanding distance between us and our sources of nourishment. Hewitt introduces a vibrant cast of characters and revolutionaries who are reinventing how we grow, process, package, distribute, and protect our food, and even how we protect ourselves. He takes readers inside a food contamination trace-back investigation, goes dumpster diving, and talks to lawyers, policy makers, and families who have been affected by contaminated food. Making Supper Safe explains why we should worry, but it is also a quest to understand how we can learn to trust our food again.
Cooking

The Art of Natural Cheesemaking

Using Traditional, Non-Industrial Methods and Raw Ingredients to Make the World's Best Cheeses

Author: David Asher

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603585796

Category: Cooking

Page: 320

View: 6660

Including more than 35 step-by-step recipes from the Black Sheep School of Cheesemaking Most DIY cheesemaking books are hard to follow, complicated, and confusing, and call for the use of packaged freeze-dried cultures, chemical additives, and expensive cheesemaking equipment. For though bread baking has its sourdough, brewing its lambic ales, and pickling its wild fermentation, standard Western cheesemaking practice today is decidedly unnatural. In The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, David Asher practices and preaches a traditional, but increasingly countercultural, way of making cheese—one that is natural and intuitive, grounded in ecological principles and biological science. This book encourages home and small-scale commercial cheesemakers to take a different approach by showing them: • How to source good milk, including raw milk; • How to keep their own bacterial starter cultures and fungal ripening cultures; • How make their own rennet—and how to make good cheese without it; • How to avoid the use of plastic equipment and chemical additives; and • How to use appropriate technologies. Introductory chapters explore and explain the basic elements of cheese: milk, cultures, rennet, salt, tools, and the cheese cave. The fourteen chapters that follow each examine a particular class of cheese, from kefir and paneer to washed-rind and alpine styles, offering specific recipes and handling advice. The techniques presented are direct and thorough, fully illustrated with hand-drawn diagrams and triptych photos that show the transformation of cheeses in a comparative and dynamic fashion. The Art of Natural Cheesemaking is the first cheesemaking book to take a political stance against Big Dairy and to criticize both standard industrial and artisanal cheesemaking practices. It promotes the use of ethical animal rennet and protests the use of laboratory-grown freeze-dried cultures. It also explores how GMO technology is creeping into our cheese and the steps we can take to stop it. This book sounds a clarion call to cheesemakers to adopt more natural, sustainable practices. It may well change the way we look at cheese, and how we make it ourselves.
Social Science

Made from Scratch

Reclaiming the Pleasures of the American Hearth

Author: Jean Zimmerman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439138087

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 8876

A stunning celebration and reappraisal of the importance of “women’s work,” Made from Scratch addresses the tug that many Americans feel between our professional and private lives. In this stunning celebration and reappraisal of the importance of "women's work," acclaimed journalist Jean Zimmerman poignantly addresses the tug that many Americans of the twenty-first century feel between our professional and private lives. With sharp wit and intelligence, she offers evidence that in the current domestic vacuum, we still long for a richer home life -- a paradox visible in the Martha Stewart phenomenon, in the continuing popularity of women's service magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and Ladies' Home Journal -- whose combined circulation of over 17 million is nearly twice the combined circulation of Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report -- and the booming business of restorations, where onlookers get a hands-on view of domestic life as it flourished in past centuries. This book is about the ways home traditions passed from one generation to the next -- baking a birthday cake from scratch, cherishing family heirlooms, or discovering the satisfaction of piecing a quilt -- sustain our souls, especially in our ever more processed, synthetic world, where we buy "homemade" goods and fail to see the irony in that. Made from Scratch tells the story of the unsung heroines of the hearth, investigating the history of female domesticity and charting its cultural changes over centuries. Zimmerman traces the lives of her own family's homemakers -- from her tiny but indomitable grandmother, who managed a farm, strangled chickens with her bare hands, and sewed all the family clothing, to her mother, who rejected her country upbringing yet kept a fastidious suburban home where the gender divide stayed firmly in place, to her own experiences as a wife and mother weaned on the Women's Movement of the 1970s, with its emphatic view that housework was a dirty word and that the domestic sphere was to be fled rather than cherished. In this book Zimmerman questions the unexamined trade-off we have made in a shockingly brief time span, as we've "progressed" from home-raised chickens to frozen TV dinners to McNuggets from the food court at the mall. What is lost when we no longer engage, as individuals and as a community, in the ancient rituals of food, craft, and shelter?
Business & Economics

What Matters?

Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth

Author: Wendell Berry

Publisher: Counterpoint Press

ISBN: 1582436061

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 193

View: 4201

"The reasoned and insistent exhortations of a man with a cause who, rather than mellowing with age and wisdom, continues to grow in forcefulness and vision." --Booklist Over the years, Wendell Berry has sought to understand and confront the financial structure of modern society and the impact of developing late capitalism on American culture. There is perhaps no more demanding or important critique available to contemporary citizens than Berry's writings -- just as there is no vocabulary more given to obfuscation than that of economics as practiced by professionals and academics. Berry has called upon us to return to the basics. He has traced how the clarity of our economic approach has eroded over time, as the financial asylum was overtaken by the inmates, and citizens were turned from consumers -- entertained and distracted -- to victims, threatened by a future of despair and disillusion. For this collection, Berry offers essays from the last twenty-five years, alongside new essays about the recent economic collapse, including "Money Versus Goods" and "Faustian Economics," treatises of great alarm and courage. He offers advice and perspective as our society attempts to steer from its present chaos and recession to a future of hope and opportunity. With urgency and clarity, Berry asks us to look toward a true sustainable commonwealth, grounded in realistic Jeffersonianprinciples applied to our present day.
Gardening

Gaia's Garden

A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture

Author: Toby Hemenway

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603580298

Category: Gardening

Page: 313

View: 1517

This extensively revised and expanded edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban gardeners. The text's message is that working with nature, not against it, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens.
Cooking

Celtic Folklore Cooking

Author: Joanne Asala

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9781567180442

Category: Cooking

Page: 375

View: 3991

Presents recipes for beverages, eggs, cheese, soups, vegetables, seafood, meats, and desserts, listing traditional holidays associated with the foods, and other folk beliefs and correspondences
House & Home

Homemakers

A Domestic Handbook for the Digital Generation

Author: Brit Morin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062332511

Category: House & Home

Page: 448

View: 8626

From “Silicon Valley’s Martha Stewart” comes a new manifesto for the modern homemaker in the digital age. Over the past three generations, the rules of homemaking and our very notions of what a homemaker is and does have radically changed. We are still a nation of makers, but we are crafting and creating beyond the home, in both the analog and digital worlds. And in the next ten years, “making” and “homemaking” will evolve further. Tomorrow’s women will find themselves actually manufacturing everything from decor to clothing, from right inside their homes. In Homemakers, Brit Morin, founder of the wildly popular lifestyle brand and website Brit + Co., reimagines homemaking for the twenty-first century. While today’s generation thrives in the virtual world, they like to work and create in the physical world. Morin inspires you to combine the best of analog and digital, to help you reconnect with your inner creative child-the one who used to love to draw, to build, and to play-to make your home a more creative, functional, and beautiful place. Full of captivating, colorful spreads, step-by-step DIYs, tips, and unique ideas, Homemakers explores a range of domestic skills room by room in a house, from cooking advice in the kitchen to health and beauty tips in the bathroom. Simple, beautiful, and stylish, it offer ideas for creative living to encourage and enable the digital generation to make.
Religion

What a Body Knows

Finding Wisdom in Desire

Author: Kimerer L. LaMothe

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1780993501

Category: Religion

Page: 340

View: 8051

I simply cannot praise the book enough! The prose is positively brilliant. It is full of sparkling gems of insight and astonishing, concise yet profound formulations. The nature passages remind me of Annie Dillard. It is truly a remarkable achievement! Miranda Shaw, Ph.D., Professor of Religion, University of Richmond