Books I’d Like to Read This Year

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Wish List Wednesday |Books I’d Like to Read This Year

Last year I made a New Year’s resolution to read one non-fiction book per month. I bought a lot of great books but failed to actually follow through with reading them all. This year I’m not exactly making the same goal, but I do want to create a mini library of interesting books to sample this year. Who knows… maybe I’ll get trough them all this year. Here’s my Wish List Wednesday list for January…

Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater’s Quest To Understand Why We Hate The Foods We Hate

SufferingSuccotash_090711.inddAuthor: Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

This book was written by a previously picky eater who experienced an uncanny journey to becoming a culinary school graduate and food writer. The book includes qualitative and quantitative research to explore why picky eaters exist and how they can change their world to include more food diversity.

 

 

 
 

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition

Gaias-Garden250Author: Toby Hemenway

“The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers.”

 
 
 
 
 
 

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

animal vegetable miracleAuthor: Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver , Steven L. Hopp

“Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.”

 
 
 
 

Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game

basic butcheringAuthor: John J. Mettler

“The author takes the mystery out of slaughtering and butchering everything from beef and veal, to venison, pork, and lamb. The text is clear and easy-to-follow. Combined with 130 detailed illustrations by Elayne Sears, the reader is provided with complete, step-by-step instructions.”

 
 
 
 
 

The Vegetable Gardener’s Container Bible

container bibleAuthor: Edward C. Smith

“By growing vegetables in containers, even novice gardeners can reap a bounty of organic food in very small spaces. Anyone can harvest tomatoes on a patio, produce a pumpkin in a planter, or grow broccoli on a balcony — it’s easy! Ed Smith shows you how to choose the right plants, select containers and tools, care for plants throughout the growing season, control pests without chemicals, and much more. He even includes plans for small-space container gardens that are perfect for urban and suburban gardeners.”

 
 
 

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Team-of-RivalsAuthor: Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Though she can’t help but cover some familiar territory, [Author Doris Kearns Goodwin’s] perspective is focused enough to offer fresh insights into Lincoln’s leadership style and his deep understanding of human behavior and motivation. Goodwin makes the case for Lincoln’s political genius by examining his relationships with three men he selected for his cabinet, all of whom were opponents for the Republican nomination in 1860: William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, and Edward Bates. These men, all accomplished, nationally known, and presidential, originally disdained Lincoln for his backwoods upbringing and lack of experience, and were shocked and humiliated at losing to this relatively obscure Illinois lawyer. Yet Lincoln not only convinced them to join his administration–Seward as secretary of state, Chase as secretary of the treasury, and Bates as attorney general–he ultimately gained their admiration and respect as well.”

 

Introduction to Permaculture

Intro to PermacultureAuthor: Bill Mollison

“This book is written to introduce readers to Permaculture concepts and design strategies. The book is abundantly illustrated with detailed diagrams and line drawings throughout, and includes a listing of useful Permaculture plants with descriptions and uses, and a further species list in useful categories. The book is set out as a step-by-step introduction to Permaculture with detailed instructions. Using simple language it describes the range of Permaculture for general consumption.”

 
 
 
 

Permaculture: A Designer’s Manual

designers_manualAuthor: Bill Mollison

“This is the definitive Permaculture design manual in print since 1988. It is the textbook and curriculum for the 72-hour Certificate course in Permaculture Design. Written for teachers, students and designers, it follows on and greatly enlarges on the initial introductory texts, Permaculture One (1978) and Permaculture Two (1979) both of which are still in demand over twenty years after publication.”

 
 
 
 

The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden

edible front yardAuthor: Ivette Soler

“The typical veggie garden, with its raised beds and plots, is not the most attractive type of garden, and favorite edible plants like tomatoes and cucumbers have a tendency to look a scraggily, even in their prime. But The Edible Front Yard isn’t about the typical veggie garden, and author Ivette Soler is passionate about putting edibles up front and creating edible gardens with curb appeal.”

 
 
 
 

One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

One Thousand Gifts bookcoverAuthor: Ann Voskamp

“In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God’s gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we’ve always wanted…a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

The-Weekend-HomesteaderAuthor: Anna Hess

“The Weekend Homesteader is organized by month—so whether it’s January or June you’ll find exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.”

 
 
 
 

Edible Forest Gardens

edible forestAuthor: Dave Jacke, Eric Toensmeier

“Edible Forest Gardens is a groundbreaking two-volume work that spells out and explores the key concepts of forest ecology and applies them to the needs of natural gardeners in temperate climates. Volume I lays out the vision of the forest garden and explains the basic ecological principles that make it work. In Volume II, Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier move on to practical considerations: concrete ways to design, establish, and maintain your own forest garden. Along the way they present case studies and examples, as well as tables, illustrations, and a uniquely valuable “plant matrix” that lists hundreds of the best edible and useful species.”

 
 

1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects

sewAuthor: Ellen Luckett Baker

“Sewing is as easy as 1-2-3! In this creative teaching book, craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker offers a wholly unique approach to sewing: she presents projects in groups of three, each building on the techniques used in the project before. Baker shows, for example, how to sew a glasses case, then build on those skills to create a zippered pouch, and from there, make a more advanced cosmetics bag. There are 33 delightful projects in all, ranging from clothing to dcor and accessories. With easy-to-follow instructions, how-to illustrations, and 12 patterns tucked into an enclosed envelope, 1, 2, 3 Sew is an essential resource for beginning and intermediate sewers alike.”

 
 

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening
sepp holzer Author
: Sepp Holzer

“Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors’ spruce monocultures.In this book, Holzer shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it. Holzer writes about everything from the overall concepts, down to the practical details.”

 
 
 
 

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