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Award-winning food writer Fuchsia Dunlop went to
live in China as a student in 1994, and from the very beginning she vowed to eat everything she was offered, no matter how alien and bizarre it seemed. In this extraordinary memoir, Fuchsia recalls her evolving relationship with China and its food....- Publishers Weekl
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Fuchsia dropped by our office for a brief visit while in San Francisco on booktour for Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour memoir of Eating in China. Davia and Nikki were preparing for an upcoming presentation in London and were anxious to hear about some of the "hidden kitchens" in London that Fuchsia might know about. Along with stories of jellied eels, rubbery foods, and the tradition of Allotments, she described her own London kitchen as "full of interesting things - antique Hunanese wooden statues of the Kitchen God and his wife, with food offerings before them, a Sichuanese teahouse kettle with a yard-long spout, a gadget made from chicken quills for pricking the patterns onto Xinjiang nan breads, a Ming Dynasty clay table laden with models of food (from a tomb in Shaanxi), carbon steel cleavers and tree-trunk chopping boards, and all kinds of things for making Chinese tea and more. "

NONFICTION - Photographs from the film sets of Errol Morris taken by Nubar Alexanian over a period of 15 years, including Fast, Cheap and Out of Control, Mr. Death, the First Person series, and Morris’s current film, Standard Operating Procedure. Nubar Alexanian is an amazing documentary photographer whose worked has been regularly featured in major magazines in the United States and Europe. Visit his website to order a signed copy of the book see more of his work.
 
FOOD FIGHT
The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill

By Daniel Imhoff

The Farm Bill is perhaps the single most significant land use legislation enacted in the United States, yet many citizens remain unaware of its power and scope. With subsidies ballooning toward $25 billion per year, the Farm Bill largely dictates who grows what crops, on what acreage, and under what conditions, all with major impacts on the country's rural economies, health and nutrition, and biodiversity. As debate and wrangling over the 2007 Farm Bill intensifies, Food Fight offers a highly informative and visually engaging overview of legislation that literally shapes our food system, our bodies, and our future.
Designed by Roberto Carra / Foreword by Michael Pollan / Intro by Fred Kirschenmann

Daniel Imhoff is an award-winning author and publisher. Roberto Carra is an internationally acclaimed graphic designer, photographer, and art director. They have collaborated on book projects for over fifteen years, including Building with Vision, Farming with the Wild, and Paper or Plastic, all distributed by University of California Press.
Links: Video: A conversation with Dan explaining how the farm bill has evolved, and what it has come to mean for farmers and the American public.
FoodFirst Blog: Eric Holtgim's Farm Bill notes / Institute for Food & Development Policy

WAITING FOR DAISY by Peggy Orenstein

A Tale of Two Continents,Three Religions, Five Infertility Doctors, an Oscar, an Atomic Bomb, a Romantic Night and One Woman's Quest to Become a Mother

Waiting for Daisy is about loss, love, anger and redemption. It’s about doing all the things you swore you’d never do to get something you hadn’t even been sure you wanted. It’s about being a woman in a confusing, contradictory time. It’s about testing the limits of a loving marriage. And it’s about trying (and trying and trying) to have a baby.

Peggy's story begins when she tells her new husband that she’s not sure she ever wants to be a mother; it ends six years later after she’s done almost everything humanly possible to achieve that goal, from “fertility sex” to escalating infertility treatments to New Age remedies to forays into international adoption. Her saga unfolds just as professional women are warned by the media to heed the ticking of their biological clocks, and just as fertility clinics have become a boom industry, with over two million women a year seeking them out.  Buffeted by one jaw-dropping obstacle after another, she seeks answers both medical and spiritual in America and Asia, along the way visiting an old flame who’s now the father of fifteen, and discovering in Japan a ritual of surprising solace. All the while she tries to hold onto a marriage threatened by cycles, appointments, procedures and disappointments.

Read an excerpt »
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Very Hard Way
The Very Hard Way: Bert Loper and the Colorado River by Brad Dimock

We interviewed Brad Dimock for our upcoming radio story "Cry Me A River" that will be broadcast on public radio this spring as part of the series "Stories from the Heart of the Land."

We hope you take the opportunity to read this, his latest book, "The Very Hard Way."
To order this book visit Fretwater Press
Bert Loper, the Grand Old Man of the Colorado, was born the day Major Powell discovered the confluence of the San Juan and Colorado in 1869. He died just days after the first motorboat had passed through Grand Canyon. He knew every river runner in between, and by the time of his death at 80 years old, had run more of the Colorado than anyone. But it was never easy--orphaned an abused, Loper had to make his way along the bottom of society, often as a hard-rock miner, coal miner or lonely placer miner on a gravel bar. But in the Colorado River he found inspiration, and he died at the oars of his own wooden boat in a major Grand Canyon Rapid. Loper is truly mythic, and his is the story of the Colorado.

The Ground We Lived On / Soundportaits
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
The Ground We Lived On documents the loving relationship between journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc and her father, Adrian Leon LeBlanc, in the last months of his life. Using recordings she made of her namesake and inspiration from his hospital bed in the family living room, The Ground We Lived On is an ode to the ordinary ways we continue loving even as we are letting go. On NPR's All Things Considered and online at soundportraits.org.» We met Adrian Leon at the Neiman Conference we attended a few years back She is extraordinary. Please give a listen.

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The Lemon Tree
The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Award-winning journalist, Sandy Tolan, tells of an astonishing act of trust between two young people—one Palestinian, one Israeli—in 1967 that led to a decades-long friendship.
 
Publishers Weekly - title of this moving, well-crafted book refers to a tree in the backyard of a home in Ramla, Israel. The home is currently owned by Dalia, a Jewish woman whose family of Holocaust survivors emigrated from Bulgaria. But before Israel gained its independence in 1948, the house was owned by the Palestinian family of Bashir, who meets Dalia when he returns to see his family home after the Six-Day War of 1967. Journalist Tolan (Me & Hank) traces the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the parallel personal histories of Dalia and Bashir and their families—all refugees seeking a home. As Tolan takes the story forward, Dalia struggles with her Israeli identity, and Bashir struggles with decades in Israeli prisons for suspected terrorist activities. Those looking for even a symbolic magical solution to that conflict won't find it here: the lemon tree dies in 1998, just as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process stagnates. But as they follow Dalia and Bashir's difficult friendship, readers will experience one of the world's most stubborn conflicts firsthand.

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This I Believe by Jay Allison & Dan Gediman
Published by Henry Holt & Company

Publishers Weekly-
In the 1950s, the Edward R. Murrow's This I Believe prompted Americans to briefly explain their most cherished beliefs, be they religious or purely pragmatic. Since the program's 2005 renaissance as a weekly NPR segment, Jay Allison and Dan Gediman have collected some of the best essays from This I Believe then and now. "Your personal credo" is what Allison calls it in the book's introduction, noting that today's program is distinguished from the 1950s version in soliciting submissions from ordinary Americans from all walks of life. These make up some of the book's most powerful and memorable moments, from the surgeon whose illiterate mother changed his early life with faith and a library card to the English professor whose poetry helped him process a traumatic childhood event. And in one of the book's most unusual essays, a Burmese immigrant confides that he believes in feeding monkeys on his birthday because a Buddhist monk once prophesied that if he followed this ritual, his family would prosper. There are luminaries here, too, including Gloria Steinem, Warren Christopher, Helen Keller, Isabel Allende, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Updike and Newt Gingrich. This feast of ruminations is a treat for any reader. (Oct.)

Success Built to Last:
Creating A Life That Matters
By Jerry Porras, Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson
Published by Wharton School Publishing

Imagine meeting more than 300 people who've made a profound difference: not for weeks or months, but for decades. Imagine discovering what they've got in common, distilling it into a set of simple practices, and using them to transform your life.

Authored by three legends in leadership and self-help -- including Built to Last co-author Jerry Porras -- it challenges conventional wisdom at every step. Meet world-renowned leaders like Nelson Mandela and Charles Schwab. Meet unsung heroes who've achieved lasting greatness without obvious power or charisma. Famous or not, they all started out ordinary. Discover how they learned how to "harvest" their strengths and their weaknesses, their victories and their surprising failures. You'll learn how they found meaning, and the courage to follow their passions. Above all, see how they've sustained success, while others faded into oblivion.

   
 
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