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The books and films inspiring you to make a difference

RECIPE FOR A KINDER LIFE

BY ANNIE SMITHERS (THAMES & HUDSON 2021)

Review by Kel Buckley

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Chef Annie Smithers takes us on a generously honest journey of finding, connecting to and regenerating land that can support her family, her restaurant and her desire to live more sustainably.

Part cookbook, part journal, Recipe for a Kinder Life is a warts-and-all account of the realities of caring for the land and reaping its bounty. Sincere, frank and often laughout- loud funny, Annie details the lessons she’s learnt through chapters such as Land, the Productive Garden, Buildings, Water and Weather, each punctuated by her favourite recipes from her decades of experience.

‘The path I have chosen over the past dozen years does not make me an expert in sustainable living; I’m just a regular person trying to step a little more gently on the earth and to live a kinder life,’ she writes. ‘Yet, I feel there are more and more like me who want to make a change for the better: to simplify their lives, to lessen their footprint, to have time for things that matter, for each other, to reconnect with skills and lessons that have been forgotten.’

If this sounds like you and you enjoy cooking, you’ll love this offering by a woman who author and presenter Matthew Evans refers to as ‘the anti-celebrity chef’.

LOW TOX LIFE: FOOD

HOW TO SHOP, COOK, SWAP, SAVE AND EAT FOR A HAPPY PLANET

BY ALEXX STUART (MURDOCH BOOKS 2021)

Review by Kel Buckley

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Alexx Stuart is a podcaster turned author and Low Tox Life: Food is her second book in three years. The first, simply called Low Tox Life, looked at detoxing four areas of life: Body, Home, Food and Mind.

This latest 300-page offering drills down even further into what we’re putting into our bodies and presents easy to read information in a bright and colourful way.

A book not just about what we should be eating and why it’s good for both us and the environment, but it looks at food waste along every step of the supply chain (even in the bottom of your fridge) – it turns out if food waste were a country it’d be the third-largest carbon emitter after the US and China. And she details the processes foods go through in order to meet the expectations of the consumer and their environmental and nutritional knock-on effects.

From feeding soil through to clever recipes for your leftovers, this book is worth a look if you’ve got an interest in growing, preparing or sourcing sustainable food.

NOURISHING TRADITIONS

CHALLENGING POLITICALLY CORRECT NUTRITION AND THE DIET DICTOCRATS

BY SALLY FALLON (NEW TRENDS PUBLISHING 2001)

Review by Nicole Lutze

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This cookbook was my gateway into a world of old-fashioned cooking and food preparation that early-20s margarine-munching me had never heard of. Nourishing Traditions blew my mind and has most likely changed the opinions (and kitchens) of thousands of other people over the last 20 years.

More than just recipes, it breaks down modern-day diet misconceptions, conveys their link to modern lifestyle diseases and explains traditional nutrition in language that’s easy to, well, digest. There’s a focus on the importance of animal fats, food fermentation and the adequate preparation of grains and legumes for optimal health benefits.

Part textbook, part cookbook, it aims to empower the reader to take control of their health by reconnecting with food as it used to be. With more than 700 recipes, you’ll find something for every culinary occasion.

BACKYARD BEES

A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR THE BEGINNER BEEKEEPER OR BEE ENTHUSIAST

BY DOUG PURDIE (MURDOCH BOOKS 2021)

Review by Robyn Rosenfeldt

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Backyard Bees has been revised and updated and covers the basics of what a newbie beekeeper really needs to know. If you’ve been thinking about getting bees, this book is a good guide to get you started. You’ll learn about bees and how they operate, where to get bees, what equipment you need and placement of the hive, then Doug takes you through each season and what you need to do to look after them.

And if you’re not ready to keep bees, there’s lots of info about what you can do to look after them, what plants are bee friendly and how to minimise harm. It’s interspersed with informative profiles of backyard beekeepers and there are also recipes and ideas for using wax.

The focus is very much on traditional beekeeping methods and the langstroth hive, with a chapter dedicated to the flow hive. There’s not much mention of alternative hives or practices, though.

A beautiful book, well designed and great for beginners.

TOXIC

THE ROTTING UNDERBELLY OF THE TASMANIAN SALMON INDUSTRY

BY RICHARD FLANAGAN (PENGUIN BOOKS 2021)

Review by Kel Buckley

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Toxic is a brave an important book which exposes the secretive, highly lucrative and environmentally devastating practices of Tasmania’s salmon industry.

As a Tasmanian property owner with a vested interest, Flanagan details the long-term greed, deceit and government corruption that’s been associated with an industry which so often parades itself as sustainable farms set in pristine waters.

After personally observing changes to the flora and fauna on Tasmania’s south-east coast at the start of the century, Flanagan began actively campaigning against the environmental impacts of the industrialised, high-density salmon farms. This book is a result of that work.

As much about the quality of fish we’re consuming as it is about environmental devastation, it’s a well-researched and eye-opening account that will change the way you look at, and buy, commercially available salmon.

BUILDING YOUR PERMACULTURE PROPERTY

A FIVE-STEP PROCESS TO DESIGN AND DEVELOP LAND

BY ROB AVIS, MICHELLE AVIS, TAKOTA COEN (NEW SOCIETY PUBLISHERS 2021)

Review by Morag Gamble

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If you are serious about designing a permaculture property, this is such a great tool. With backgrounds in design, education, engineering and farming, the authors offer a thorough and accessible guide to the complexity of good design based on their combined decades of practical experience.

As well as creating their own successful farms, they have been helping others to design and regenerate their land, and create sustainable permaculture businesses.

The authors’ goal is to help cut through the overwhelming feelings many people experience when they are trying to create holistic designs and financially viable permaculture farms. Their step-by-step approach offers a huge complexity of information but doesn’t oversimplify. This book feels like an advanced permaculture design course and exactly the kind of book that is needed to support the huge urban exodus that is currently happening.

Included within the text are great diagrams and illustrations, checklists, workflows, templates, stories and principles as well as a healthy dose of humour.

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