Thursday, January 7, 2010

Books Read in 2010

1. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
2. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
3. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
4. Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell
5. Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
6. What is the What, Dave Eggers
7. Lush Life, Richard Price
8. Dogs Behaving Badly, Dr. Nicholas Dodman
9. A Member of the Family, Cesar Millan
10. Reaching the Animal Mind, Karen Pryor
11. The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
12. What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell

Favorites bolded.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Books Read in 2009

1. Plain Truth, Jodi Picoult
2. The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks
3. Trying Neaira, Debra Hamel
4. Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
5. Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami
6. The Road, Cormac McCarthy
7. Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote
8. Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall
9. Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
10. Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance, Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pellegrini
11. On Writing, Stephen King
12. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
13. Fables, Vol. 1-2, Bill Willingham
14. Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse
15. Year One, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
16. Batman: The Long Halloween, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
17. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver
18. Animals Make Us Human, Temple Grandin
19. The Ancestor's Tale, Richard Dawkins
20. Batman: Arkham Asylum, Grant Morrison and Dave McKean
21. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, Marisha Pessl
22. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
23. Saving Grace, Jonathan Kozol
24. All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy
25. In the Woods, Tana French
26. The Portable Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Parker
27. The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
28. Where I'm Calling From, Raymond Carver
29. Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began, Art Spiegelman
30. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History, Art Spiegelman
31. World War Z, Max Brooks
32. The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins
33. The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
34. The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy
35. The Walking Dead, Vol. 1-7, Robert Kirkman
36. Light in August, William Faulkner
37. The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood
38. Cities of the Plain, Cormac McCarthy

Favorites bolded.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Food Ethics Meet Poor College Student

In the beginning of May, in the death-grip of finals, I decided to make a major lifestyle change. After reading Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I came to the realization that I could no longer ignore the way I felt about where my food came from, and went from a girl who ate meat whenever she got the chance to a kind of pseudo-vegan.
I found I could no longer justify eating meat or animal products that were not obtained humanely, and made the switch to free-range meat. I don’t include “free-range” products from grocery stores, like Whole Foods, simply because I feel that label is not telling the whole truth. The problem with making this switch is that I can rarely afford the free-range meats and other animal products at the Union Square Greenmarket, and so I ended up as a sort-of-vegan by default.

So let's detail how this process works for me.

1. Meats and animal products must be humanely raised, free range, preferably organic.
2. Eat local.
3. Eat fresh.

But most importantly -
4. Do the best you can.

What do I mean by that? I can't always abide by my own creed. For one, I never want people to feel uncomfortable because of the way I choose to eat. If I am out with friends and there is no vegan option, I do the best I can. Also, I need to have yogurt every morning because of a chronic health problem (probiotics have done great things for my urinary tract!). I try to buy it from the Greenmarket when I can afford it, but $7 is a lot for a container of yogurt. Otherwise I go organic, like Stonyfield's.
Sometimes there is a conflict in the rules. In trying to be careful about the meat I eat, I turn to vegan options in the freezer and find even less fresh options there - they are riddled with ingredient names that even a person who has taken organic chemistry, like me, can't identify.
And sometimes I have to give in. Like that meal above, with the slices of fresh mozzarella. Or a certain carton of Ben & Jerry's frozen yogurt that always makes its way into my freezer. When I go to New Jersey do I turn my nose up at a fat sandwich made with Steak'Ums and mozzarella sticks? Oh, hell no.

It may not be a perfect way of eating, but I'm proud of the changes I've made in my life. Not only do I feel like a socially conscious eater, I also feel a hell of a lot healthier. And there's nothing imperfect about that.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Yearly Book Lists

In an effort to keep a clean side bar, listing will be done here from now on.

Books read in:

Monday, May 19, 2008

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Tiny Sunday Breakfast

Local quail eggs on cocktail-sized rye toast