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Phoenix Books’ events and publicity manager, Kristen has worked and traveled in Ireland, Italy, Maine, and Philadelphia, and has since returned home to Vermont. Kristen is a fan of nonfiction with an anthropological bent and of fiction authors who walk the line between fantasy and reality (e.g. Alice Hoffman and Neil Gaiman). She will forever be devoted to Terry Pratchett (and Granny Weatherwax). She has completed an apprenticeship with herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and has a particular interest in books on herbalism.

The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance, by Tovar Cerulli

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ISBN: 9781605984124
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Published: Pegasus Books - March 13th, 2013

The story of a vegan-turned-hunter, The Mindful Carnivore asks
all sorts of questions that we don't often think of:  How harmless is
vegetarianism?  Is it even possible to do no harm while feeding
ourselves? How have stereotypes of hunters changed throughout the ages,
and where do they come from?  Can hunters and vegetarians be motivated
by similar values and instincts?  Cerulli's reflections are fascinating,
his stories about his personal experiences as both a vegan and a hunter
riveting.  The Mindful Carnivore is the best of both worlds:  It's informative and may challenge your views, but is also just a good read.


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ISBN: 9781605982779
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Published: Pegasus Books - February 15th, 2012

The story of a vegan-turned-hunter, The Mindful Carnivore asks
all sorts of questions that we don't often think of:  How harmless is
vegetarianism?  Is it even possible to do no harm while feeding
ourselves? How have stereotypes of hunters changed throughout the ages,
and where do they come from?  Can hunters and vegetarians be motivated
by similar values and instincts?  Cerulli's reflections are fascinating,
his stories about his personal experiences as both a vegan and a hunter
riveting.  The Mindful Carnivore is the best of both worlds:  It's informative and may challenge your views, but is also just a good read.


Rebuilding the Foodshed, by Philip Ackerman-Leist

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Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems (Community Resilience Guides) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603584234
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - January 31st, 2013

An in-depth look into the meaning and ramifications of eating local, Rebuilding the Foodshed
both inspires and challenges readers to ask the right questions, take
effective and mindful action, and think of ourselves as citizens rather
than consumers.  Extremely engaging.  As Richard Heinberg (author of The End of Growth) said, "If you eat, you really should read it."


A Girl's Guide to Fitting in Fitness by Erin Whitehead and Jennipher Walters

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ISBN: 9781936976300
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Published: Zest Books - March 26th, 2013

I love The Girl's Guide to Fitness on so many levels:  Its
well-rounded approach, its emphasis on fitness rather than appearance,
its appealing layout, and its practical, well-grounded advice.  I don't
have to say how important it is that girls have access to good
advice about health and body image, and I'm thrilled to find a book that
offers just that.


The Wild Medicine Solution by Guido Masé

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ISBN: 9781620550847
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Published: Healing Arts Press - March 24th, 2013

In The Wild Medicine Solution,
Guido Masé suggests that three classes of herbs - aromatics, with
their soothing and uplifting qualities; bitters, which function as
digestive stimulants; and nourishing tonics - are uniquely suited for
balancing the physical and psychological stresses of modern life.  He
offers several examples of herbs in each of these categories; many,
like ginger and chocolate, will be familiar.  Masé gives lots of
practical information - like simple recipes for each herb - and also
deftly places the use of these herbs in the context of recent medical
history as well as thousands of years of traditional herbalism.  This
book offers insights for even experienced herbalists but - with a
writing style that is both articulate and conversational - The Wild Medicine Solution will appeal to anyone looking to get or stay healthy in a challenging world.


Backyard Foraging by Ellen Zachos

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Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612120096
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - March 12th, 2013

This
book will make a walk through your backyard or up the street feel like a
stroll through a farmer’s market.  Ellen Zachos makes it easy for even
the most tentative of foragers to begin finding, preparing, and enjoying
fresh and delicious foods straight from the outdoors.  She includes
tips on where to find, how to identify, how to harvest, and how to
prepare foods as common and diverse as hosta shoots, dandelion roots,
acorns, and sumac berries.  The whole book is a pleasure to read, use,
and page through, with beautiful photographs and an accessible design.


Put 'em Up! Fruit by Sherri Brooks Vinton

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Put 'em Up! Fruit: A Preserving Guide & Cookbook: Creative Ways to Put 'em Up, Tasty Ways to Use 'em Up Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781612120249
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - March 26th, 2013

Put 'em Up! Fruit is an absolutely delectable guide to preserving fruit and using those preserves in delicious and creative ways.  Sherri Brooks Vinton starts out by giving newcomers to preserving the basics they'll need, from definitions of chutneys, infusions, relishes, and more to tips and tricks for making jams and jellies.  She goes on to provide the reader with all sorts of sweet and savory recipes using fruits from apples to grapes to tomatoes.  The easy-to-follow layout and vibrant photography make this book a pleasure to use, and the creative but clear recipes make it appropriate both for folks experienced in canning and those who are just starting out.

 


Succulents Simplified by Debra Lee Baldwin

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ISBN: 9781604693935
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Published: Timber Press - May 21st, 2013

Succulents Simplified is a beautiful and accessible guide to the
world of succulents.  Debra Lee Baldwin guides the reader through
choosing, caring for, designing, and laying out succulents, from
landscaping to container gardening to crafting.  Since many of Baldwin's
designs are suitable for small spaces (including one garden in a mint
tin!) - and succulents are extremely low-maintenance plants - this book
is wonderful for urban or tentative gardeners.  With stunning
photographs (taken by Baldwin herself) and inspired ideas on how to take
advantage of succulents' unusual shapes and colors, this book has a lot
to offer experienced gardeners as well.


Preserving Wild Foods by Matthew Weingarten and Raquel Pelzel

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Preserving Wild Foods: A Modern Forager's Recipes for Curing, Canning, Smoking, and Pickling Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781603427272
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - November 6th, 2012

Preserving Wild Food is an inspiring yet practical collection of
recipes for preserving foraged edibles from the great outdoors.  From
Smoked Black Cod to Samphire Pickles, from Stinging-Nettle Cordial to
Dandelion Jelly, from Elderberry Compote to Black Walnut Chutney, it
seems like this book just gets more and more mouthwatering.  Perfect for
experienced foragers or curious beginners, Perserving Wild Food will have you enjoying the flavors of the natural world all year long.


A Woman's Handbook of Healing Herbs by Deb Soule

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ISBN: 9781616082765
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Published: Skyhorse - August 1st, 2011

I'm a big fan of this title by Maine herbalist Deb Soule.
It strikes a wonderful balance in tone and depth: accessible to
someone with little or no experience in herbalism, but specialized
enough to contain valuable info for even experienced herbalists. It
speaks from both the intellect and the heart, and is a nurturing and
practical book for any woman interested in natural health to own.


Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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ISBN: 9780547258300
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - September 7th, 2009

At Phoenix Books we joke that new booksellers must read Graceling
- it's practically required reading!  Even folks who don't normally
read fantasy, or didn't think this was their kind of book, have come
back raving about how awesome it is!  It's simply a must-read.


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