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Recent reading
December 23, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: food, gardening, learning | Tags: , ,

I haven’t done a lot of non-work related reading lately, but I have looked at a couple of new books. Here’s a mixed bag:

Work

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, by Twyla Tharp

I first learned about this one from Mystic Medusa’s fabulous astro-blog. Very personal, readable insight into a life-long creative discipline. Tharp has a new book out about collaboration, which really interests me, as I do a fair bit of collaborative work.

Food

Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life, by Brendan Brazier

Hmm, mixed feelings here. I did learn from reading this, and I really love the idea of eating to reduce stress & improve physical/mental performance, but I have real reservations around the whole ‘superfoods’ thing. For example, Brazier champions agave & hemp. I live in Australia, where hemp seems to be illegal in foods (other than oil), &  we can only get agave imported from North America. I suspect the environmental costs of shipping ‘exotic’ ingredients might outweigh the personal benefits. As a consequence, I’d like to know more about the properties of particularly nutritious foods, & be offered a list of alternatives, so I can go with the best locally sourced version. This book gave me good ideas, but was very ingredient-specific to North America.

Gardening

All New Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew

I have heard great things about this method, & reading Bartholomew’s book was very inspiring. It’s not something I’ll be using in our current home, but it looks like something I’ll definitely try once we have our own place!

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