In his excellent In Defence of FoodMichael Pollan steers the reader away from the highly processed stuff that dominates grocery store shelves and toward "real" food with this bit of advice:
I have seen that book in the shops and bought my husband a related book this one: I'm too fair-weather for that! I'm with you on that one! Also I don't imagine that very many of the bothies would have indoor plumbing: For the odd overnight that doesn't bother me so much, it's the effort involved in getting there in the first place that would make me miserable!
Fight the power and protect your family from the corporate interests that control our food chain. But what she found disturbed her.
She began to understand how dangerous and fragile our food system really is. Farmers retiring or going out of business. Corporations controlling our food distribution system while being protected from the consequences when they endanger our health.
With this admittedly bleak assessment of the current state of affairs, Nicole and her family decided to abandon the bus trip and instead start a farm. And so the seeds for Food Confidential were sown. Our basic right to healthy food is at risk.
What can we do? I enjoyed reading this. It had practical suggestions too, and I'm sure I'll come back to this, as well as look out for her other books.
Ways into Hinchingbrooke Country Park touchstone should appear eventually - they seem to take ages with books where I'm the only person who has it listed was raved about in one of my favourite books of the last few years, Robert MacFarlane's Landmarkswhich is why I got it, and what a gem it is!
The two authors spent a day a week for a term Jan -April with a 1st year primary class in Cambridgeshire so we're talking children aged 4 and 5the morning was spent with them exploring the local country park, and then the afternoon was spent in the classroom doing further activities relating to what they had explored in the morning.
It looks at the children's ways of seeing and exploring and talking about the landscape, and is just magical.
Towards the end of the project they made an 'alternative map' of the park, featuring all the drawings the children had done of the places they had explored.
Trees became doors to other worlds, one boy was amazing at picturing underground waterways, other children made stories about the other worlds that could be there - it was really stunning.
I think the fact that my A is the same age made it even more magical for me, I could absolutely imagine her throwing herself into an activity like this, and the snippets of children's dialogue sounded exactly like the kind of random conversations and flights of fancy she goes on with her friends.
I've never read anything quite like it, but it was gorgeous. I had no idea.Ian Rankin Black & Blue If you like crime fiction, you will enjoy the latest Ian Rankin thriller, Black & Blue (Orion), whose title is taken from the Rolling Stones album of the same name.
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