What do you get when an author who is a committed vegetarian, an innovative cook, a storyteller and a poet sits down to write a book? You get ? Feasts and Fables from the Planted Kingdom, a delightful cookbook which offers practical, healthy, vegetarian recipes, accompanied by whimsical stories told by the vegetables themselves! The prim Mrs. Brown, a reporter "embedded" on the Green front, takes us on fanciful forays into the world of vegetable intrigue, and then offers recipes to bring each story to a delectable end. While the stories make us smile, the recipes represent serious nourishment for body and soul. Given its rare, one-of-a-kind approach to cooking and nutrition, Feasts and Fables from the Planted Kingdom is certain to become one of your treasures. Fables are also available in an awe inspiring lyrical spoken word audio format as Feasts and Fables from the Planted Kingdom CD. Gloria House, Ph.D. Detroit And, so many ask how did this innovative idea sprout into a story cookbook? Where did it root from? Well, the seeds germinated off from the "What's for Dinner Mrs. Brown?" popular radio segment on the Dr. James Brown Freedom From Fat Radio Broadcast (Cumulus WCK). Semaj Brown recounts, "I was running late, there had been a family emergency that prevented me from doing the weekly nutritional and historical research associated with the feature vegetable introduced in Mrs. Brown's "Delicious Nutritious Dishes." Up until this time, my segment had been fairly conventional, deliberately retrograde with Dr. Brown singing, a 1950s style introduction: "What's for Dinner Mrs. Brown?" and me demurely responding, "Good tasting, delicious." Time was running out and I went on-air in a flurry. I conveyed my on-air fluster in a new character who spontaneously generated. I explained to the listeners I sounded frazzled because I had been trapped in the garden, attacked by the Onions! People loved it; the first Fable, "Onion Revolt!" and a Mrs. Brown who could speak plant was born. After substantial prodding from Planted Kingdom enthusiasts, I went on to record nine of the eleven Fables from the Story Cookbook in the spoken word CD format. The recipes remain in the more accessible print story cookbook format." Many feel these Fables stoke a revolutionary way of thinking about plant based nutrition. Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's personification of animals in the American classic "Animal Farm," it is fascinating how Semaj blurs the Two- Footed and Rooted worlds., how themes of vegetable determination are colorfully buried in the context of whimsy. These fables could be described as "Alice in Wonderland meets the Enchanted Broccoli Forest." But know, something deeper is at root. Semaj sews subconscious seeds toward a Vegetable Consciousness which could possibly create healthy pathways that could facilitate positive behavioral change. Here are some direct quotes regarding the Planted Kingdom Effect: "It kind of opens up your mind in a new way about something as non-descriptive as vegetables." "This is theatre of the mind!" "It's so cute, but these themes are weighty." "This should be animated." "It's powerful because of it's beauty and poetic prose. Hey I'm a believer, how do I get to the Planted Kingdom?" "I could listen to her voice all day." "This should be an animated series on PBS" "As a teacher, I can use this with my students" "Hey, girlfriend I'm going to throw a Planted Kingdom Party, we're going to listen to the tracks and cook that food!" ENJOY!
THE analogy existing between the vegetable and animal worlds, and the resemblances between human and tree life, have been observed by man from the most remote periods of which we have any records. Primitive man, watching the marvellous changes in trees and plants, which accurately marked not only the seasons of the year, but even the periods of time in a day, could not fail to be struck with a feeling of awe at the mysterious invisible power which silently guided such wondrous and incomprehensible operations. Hence it is not astonishing that the early inhabitants of the earth should have invested with supernatural attributes the tree, which in the gloom and chill of Winter stood gaunt, bare, and sterile, but in the early Spring hastened to greet the welcome warmth-giving Sun by investing itself with a brilliant canopy of verdure, and in the scorching heat of Summer afforded a refreshing shade beneath its leafy boughs. So we find these men of old, who had learnt to reverence the mysteries of vegetation, forming conceptions of vast cosmogonic world- or cloud-trees overshadowing the universe; mystically typifying creation and regeneration, and yielding the divine ambrosia or food of immortality, the refreshing and life-inspiring rain, and the mystic fruit which imparted knowledge and wisdom to those who partook of it. So, again, we find these nebulous overspreading world-trees connected with the mysteries of death, and giving shelter to the souls of the departed in the solemn shade of their dense foliage. Looking upon vegetation as symbolical of life and generation, man, in course of time, connected the origin of his species with these shadowy cloud-trees, and hence arose the belief that humankind first sprang from Ash and Oak-trees, or derived their being from Holda, the cloud-goddess who combined in her person the form of a lovely woman and the trunk of a mighty tree. In after years trees were almost universally regarded either as sentient beings or as constituting the abiding places of spirits whose existence was bound up in the lives of the trees they inhabited. Hence arose the conceptions of Hamadryads, Dryads, Sylvans, Tree-nymphs, Elves, Fairies, and other beneficent spirits who peopled forests and dwelt in individual trees—not only in the Old World, but in the dense woods of North America, where the Mik-amwes, like Puck, has from time immemorial frolicked by moonlight in the forest openings. Hence, also, sprang up the morbid notion of trees being haunted by demons, mischievous imps, ghosts, nats, and evil spirits, whom it was deemed by the ignorant and superstitious necessary to propitiate by sacrifices, offerings, and mysterious rites and dances. Remnants of this superstitious tree-worship are still extant in some European countries. The Irminsul of the Germans and the Central Oak of the Druids were of the same family as the Asherah of the Semitic nations. In England, this primeval superstition has its descendants in the village maypole bedizened with ribbons and flowers, and the Jack-in-the-Green with its attendant devotees and whirling dancers. The modern Christmas-tree, too, although but slightly known in Germany at the beginning of the present century, is evidently a remnant of the pagan tree-worship; and it is somewhat remarkable that a similar tree is common among the Burmese, who call it the Padaytha-bin. This Turanian Christmas-tree is made by the inhabitants of towns, who deck its Bamboo twigs with all sorts of presents, and pile its roots with blankets, cloth, earthenware, and other useful articles.
Bleeding Fire! Tap the Eternal Spring of Regenerative Light is an odyssey in African American history and culture. Expressed through the lyrical writing of literary artist, Semaj Brown, these poems and prose rise like flames from the ash and embers of her story. Readers grapple with the intensity of our collective reality while commemorating our treasured legacies.
Extensive anthropological, ethnographic, linguistic, archaeological, and historical work on the Indians of the North, Central, and South Americas and, in North America, as far east as the Mississippi Valley.
Bulfinch's classic retellings of Greek and Roman myths are complemented by one hundred full-color reproductions of paintings by such master artists as Michaelangelo, Botticelli, Titian, and Rubens, as well as detailed explanations of the artworks presented in connection to the tales.