Interesting new website, PlaySpent, "designed to help people understand the challenges and trade-offs faced by low-income people with insecure employment. The 'game' begins when you’ve been unemployed, have only $1,000 left in your bank account, and need to get a low wage job." Give it a look.

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This pillow is adorable. (Poppytalk Handmade has lots of lovely things.)

Among other things: "Incredibly, the McDonald’s product contains more sugar than a Snickers bar and only 10 fewer calories than a McDonald’s cheeseburger or Egg McMuffin. (Even without the brown sugar it has more calories than a McDonald’s hamburger.)"

On that note: Hey all, I'm crafting a "self-syllabi" on food issues (sustainable growing and eating etc). Here it is so far, I welcome suggestions! "King Corn," "Sweet Poison: Why Sugar Makes Us Fat" (D. Gillespie), "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal" (E. Schlosser) (I've actually read it but I would like to reread it), "The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love" (K. Kimball), "Eating Animals" (J.S. Foer), "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" (M. Pollan), "The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" (M. Pollan), "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" (B. Kingsolver), "Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals," "The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter" (P. Singer), "Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook" (I. C. Moskowitz). Also these books, which are a bit different but similarly about our relationships with food: "Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food" (J.C. Bays), "Women Food & God" (G. Roth), "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body" (C. Martin). Also, are there blogs on eating/food that people recommend as well (I read Mark Bittmans...)?


V. Furnas said...

As always some amazing links!

Anastasia said...

Are you going to talk about your syllabus as you go through. It would be interesting to read along and have discussions about it.

I've read Micheal Pollan and love his books. Very to the point, but honest.

Karla said...

getsconedpdx.com -my friend jess has an excellent blog that's got some recipes on it
everdaydish.tv- julie hasson's blog. her homemade vegan sausages are quick and yummy!

Isa Chandra Moskowitz's new book Appetite for Reduction has some yummy recipes as well (the curried corn chowder is one of my favorites!). also check out her first book, Vegan w/a Vengeance.

Shorty said...

Thanks V, I always appreciate your comments :)

Anastasia, I dont know! I didnt really have a plan for attacking them yet, just sort of building them up and seeing what comes together...but I'll definitely keep doing short reviews on books I read. The Michael Pollan ones are high up on the list! Is there one you recommend more than others?

Thanks Karla! Your friends blog is great, and I just requested some of ICM's books from the library! Can't wait to try them out

Anonymous said...

I would recommend Pollan's Second Nature if you haven't read it already, his first book I think. You can find a nice comment on it here: http://natureof.wordpress.com/2011/02/23/being-natural-gardening-and-the-new-north/