Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

Grove Press #ad - The result is a funny, profound, and beautifully written book in the finest tradition of American nature writing. Michael pollan went to the garden instead .  .  . But neither did pesticides or firebombing the woodchuck burrow. So michael pollan began to think about the troubled borders between nature and contemporary life.

A blend of meditation, second nature, autobiography, in defense of food, from the renowned author of The Botany of Desire, and other bestsellers, and social history, is “as delicious a meditation on one man’s relationship with the Earth as any you are likely to come upon” The New York Times Book Review.

One of the distinguished gardening books of our time, ” from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma USA Today. That ethic did not, of course, work. And he’s returned with a quirky and pleasing book. Annie dillard   “A joy to read. Los angeles Times. It inspires thoughts on the war of the roses; sex and class conflict in the garden; virtuous composting; the American lawn; seed catalogs, and the politics of planting a tree.

Second Nature: A Gardener's Education #ad - Usually when americans have wanted to explore their relationship to nature they’ve gone to the wilderness, or the woods. Chosen by the american horticultural society as one of the 75 greatest books ever written about gardening   After Michael Pollan bought an old Connecticut dairy farm, the woodchucks, he planted a garden and attempted to follow Thoreau’s example: do not impose your will upon the wilderness, or the weeds.


A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams

Penguin Books #ad - From the spark of an idea to the search for a perfect site to the raising of a ridgepole, Pollan revels in the infinitely detailed, complex process of creating a finished structure. In a place of my own, write,  he turns his sharp insight to the craft of building, and daydream, as he recounts the process of designing and constructing a small one-room structure on his rural Connecticut property—a place in which he hoped to read, built with his own two unhandy hands.

Invoking the titans of architecture, from the chinese masters of feng shui to the revolutionary Frank Lloyd Wright, literature, Pollan brilliantly chronicles a realm of blueprints, from Vitruvius to Thoreau, joints, and philosophy, and trusses as he peers into the ephemeral nature of “houseness” itself.

An inspired meditation on the complex relationship between space, the human body and the human spirit. Francine du plessix Gray“A tour de force. Phillip Lopate. A captivating personal inquiry into the art of architecture, and the meaning of modern work“a room of one’s own: Is there anybody who hasn’t at one time or another wished for such a place, hasn’t turned those soft words over until they’d assumed a habitable shape?”When Michael Pollan decided to plant a garden, the craft of building, the result was the acclaimed bestseller Second Nature.

A Place of My Own: The Architecture of Daydreams #ad - . Pollan’s beginner status serves him well, for he asks the kind of obvious questions about building that most readers will want answered. The new york review of books“by shrewdly combining just the right mix of personal reflection, Michael Pollan enables us to see, architectural background, and nuts-and-bolts detail, feel, and understand what goes into the building of a house.


The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World

Random House #ad - How could flowers, of all things, become such objects of desire that they can drive men to financial ruin? In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan argues that the answer lies at the heart of the intimately reciprocal relationship between people and plants. For, the plants, in the grand co-evolutionary scheme that Pollan evokes so brilliantly, just as we’ve benefited from these plants, have done well by us.

The book that helped make michael pollan,  the new york times bestselling author of Cooked and The Omnivore’s Dilemma,  one of the most trusted food experts in AmericaIn 1637, one Dutchman paid as much for a single tulip bulb as the going price of a town house in Amsterdam. So who is really domesticating whom? weaving fascinating anecdotes and accessible science into gorgeous prose, Pollan takes us on an absorbing journey that will change the way we think about our place in nature.

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World #ad - In telling the stories of four familiar plant species that are deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, Pollan illustrates how they evolved to satisfy humankinds’s most basic yearnings—and by doing so made themselves indispensable. The sweetness of apples, induced the early Americans to spread the species, for example, giving the tree a whole new continent in which to blossom.

Three and a half centuries later, amsterdam is once again the mecca for people who care passionately about one particular plant—though this time the obsessions revolves around the intoxicating effects of marijuana rather than the visual beauty of the tulip.


Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Penguin Books #ad - Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this is the perfect guide for anyone who ever wondered, easy-to-digest new book called Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, “What should I eat?” "In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, I have come across nothing more intelligent, by Michael Pollan.

Jane brody, the new york times "the most sensible diet plan ever? We think it's the one that Michael Pollan outlined a few years ago: “Eat food. It’s an easy-to-use guide that draws from a variety of traditions, suggesting how different cultures through the ages have arrived at the same enduring wisdom about food.

. Mostly plants. So we're happy that in his little new book, in fact, Food Rules, Pollan offers more common-sense rules for eating: 64 of them, all thought-provoking and some laugh-out-loud funny. The houston chronicle " It doesn't get much easier than this. Not too much. In this age of ever-more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice, Food Rules brings welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food.

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual #ad - Written with clarity, memorable rules for eating wisely, and wit that has become bestselling author Michael Pollan’s trademark, concision, one per page, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, accompanied by a concise explanation. Each page has a simple rule, sometimes without, sometimes with a short explanation, that promotes Pollan's back-to-the-basics-of-food and-food-enjoyment philosophy.


Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

Penguin Books #ad - A north carolina barbecue pit master tutors him in the primal magic of fire; a chez panisse–trained cook schools him in the art of braising; a celebrated baker teaches him how air transforms grain and water into a fragrant loaf of bread; and finally, several mad-genius “fermentos” a tribe that includes brewers, cheese makers, and all kinds of picklers reveal how fungi and bacteria can perform the most amazing alchemies of all.

The effects of not cooking are similarly far reaching. Reclaiming cooking as an act of enjoyment and self-reliance, learning to perform the magic of these everyday transformations, opens the door to a more nourishing life. The reader learns alongside pollan, but the lessons move beyond the practical to become an investigation of how cooking involves us in a web of social and ecological relationships.

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation #ad - Michael pollan, the bestselling author of the omnivore's Dilemma, Food Rules, and How to Change Your Mind,  explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen in Cooked. Cooked is now a netflix docuseries based on the book that focuses on the four kinds of "transformations" that occur in cooking.

Each section of cooked tracks Pollan’s effort to master a single classic recipe using one of the four elements. In fact, cooked argues, taking back control of cooking may be the single most important step anyone can take to help make the American food system healthier and more sustainable. Directed by oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and starring Michael Pollan, Cooked teases out the links between science, culture and the flavors we love.

In cooked, air, water, pollan discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink.


The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

Penguin Books #ad - Ten years later,  the omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world.

One of the new york times book review's ten best books of the year winner of the james beard award author of how to change your mind and the #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food RulesWhat should we have for dinner? Ten years ago,  his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species.

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals #ad - In the years since, pollan’s revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food.


Bento for Beginners: 60 Recipes for Easy Bento Box Lunches

Rockridge Press #ad - There’s so much to savor in these to-go treasure boxes. Bento for beginners includes:best of both worlds—Enjoy classic homemade Japanese foods as well as staples from Western and American cuisine. Off-the-shelf—create lunches you’ll be excited to eat using easy-to-find ingredients available at the grocery store.

Save money—put an end to spending $5 to $10 a day on lunch—the average cost of a filling homemade Japanese bento is about $1. 85. In the world of bento books, this one can take you to tasty new heights. In bento for beginners, you’ll learn how this Japanese culinary art can help you build 60 appetizing, well-balanced lunches that can be taken just about anywhere.

Bento for Beginners: 60 Recipes for Easy Bento Box Lunches #ad - In addition to recipes, the book is filled with tons of tips and tricks on streamlining prep time, how to improve the storage life of your ingredients without using preservatives, the right containers to use, and what foods make the best and easiest fusion dishes. Think inside the box—the beginner’s guide to tasty bento boxesEasy, tasty, and healthy are three great aspects of any good meal.

Combine them all together—in an easy to-go box—and you have the beauty of bento.


The Mini Farming Bible: The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre

Skyhorse #ad - Learn why tens of thousands of readers across North America have chosen Mini Farming for all their self sufficiency needs. Now for the first time all 5 mini farming titles are collected together in one massive volume:mini farmingMaximizing Your Mini FarmMini Farming Guide to CompostingMini Farming Guide to Vegetable GardeningMini Farming Guide to FermentingLearn how to make your own compost, start a compost pile, ferment your own wine, save seeds, get the most out of your vegetable garden—and more! And all on just ¼ acre or less.

This is the must have guide for any farmer—whether they’re beginners or experienced mini farmers looking for new ideas. When brett markham published a small black and white handbook about how to run a successful mini farm—he never dreamed how popular the book would soon become. Published brett’s book in full color with over a hundred of the author’s own photographs—and Mini Farming became an instant bestseller spawning four additional Mini Farming books on everything from fermenting to composting.

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How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence

Penguin Books #ad - New york times book review 10 best books of 2018A New York Times Notable Book The #1 New York Times bestseller. A brilliant and brave investigation into the medical and scientific revolution taking place around psychedelic drugs--and the spellbinding story of his own life-changing psychedelic experiences When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin the active ingredient in magic mushrooms are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book.

Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research. A unique and elegant blend of science, travel writing, history, and medicine, memoir, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism.

But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists.

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence #ad - By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives.


Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening

Ecco #ad - What if history had a sound track? what would it tell us about ourselves? based on a thirty-part BBC Radio series and podcast, 000 years, Noise explores the human dramas that have revolved around sound at various points in the last 100, allowing us to think in fresh ways about the meaning of our collective past.

Though we might see ourselves inhabiting a visual world, our lives have always been hugely influenced by our need to hear and be heard. In order to dominate the native americans, to replace their "demonic" "roars" with the more familiar "bugles, European colonists went to great effort to silence them, speaking trumpets, and gongs.

Breaking up the history of sound into prehistoric noise, and what he calls our "amplified age, the age of oratory, the sounds of power and revolt, the sounds of religion, the rise of machines, " Hendy teases out continuities and breaches in our long relationship with sound in order to bring new meaning to the human story.

Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening #ad - To tell the story of sound—music and speech, and radio—is to explain how we learned to overcome our fears about the natural world, gunfire, bells, chanting, mechanical sounds, the rumbles of the human body, but also echoes, conversations, understand, drumbeats, silence, noisy neighbors, laughter, perhaps even to control it; how we learned to communicate with, musical recordings, thunder, the noise of crowds, and live alongside our fellow beings; how we've fought with one another for dominance; how we've sought to find privacy in an increasingly noisy world; and how we've struggled with our emotions and our sanity.

Oratory in ancient rome was important not just for the words spoken but for the sounds made—the tone, the cadence, the pitch of the voice—how that voice might have been transformed by the environment in which it was heard and how the audience might have responded to it. For the native american tribes first encountering the European colonists, to lose one's voice was to lose oneself.


Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters

Little, Brown and Company #ad - In do i make myself clear?, he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. Do i make myself clear? is an essential text, and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder. A wise and entertaining guide to writing English the proper way by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time.

Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication, even in the digital age. The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture, and in writing of every kind we see a trend towards more -- more speed and more information but far less clarity. The right words are oxygen to our ideas, with all of its TTYL, LMK, and WTF, but the digital era, has been cutting off that oxygen flow.

Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why Writing Well Matters #ad - Harry evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger.