A lovely, thoughtful book of nourishing recipes.

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SEASONED WITH GRATITUDE

250 RECIPES AND BLESSINGS CELEBRATING THE GREATER NOURISHMENT OF FOOD

Lafond offers a menu of recipes to nurture body and soul in this debut cookbook.

The food we eat is not an arbitrary detail of our lives. Rather, it’s the foundation on which our lives are constructed, something that is as metaphysical as it is chemical. So believes Lafond, who writes that “to come to a place of reverence for the daily ritual of preparing and eating I had to learn to recognize what was actually occurring—a divine exchange between living things.” Her philosophy is one part conscientious food culture (eating seasonally and locally; using fresh and organic ingredients; being mindful of dietary restrictions like those regarding gluten, yeast, and candida), one part spiritual consciousness (awareness of and gratitude for the life that goes into and comes from food via the greatest of the Earth’s many cycles), and one part appreciation for complementary flavors. The book is an eclectic mix of recipes spanning the classic (potato gratin with rosemary and sharp cheddar) to the original (“full-meal-deal” Szechuan Brussels sprouts with lamb) to pure comfort food (chocolate-peanut-butter–chip cookies). Many of the dishes—like the sorrel garlic and Gruyere-stuffed tenderloin or the barbecued peach-blueberry crisp—may inspire the reader to start cooking at once. Accompanied throughout by black-and-white illustrations of stems and branches and motivational quotes, the work is both cookbook and manifesto, bidding readers to commune with their food with all the joy and earnestness of a mystic. Lafond writes with an infectious enthusiasm that keeps the pages flipping. Recipes frequently end with a brief paragraph explaining the nutritional properties of the main ingredient or tips for their use: “A good trick for keeping herbs like dill, parsley, and cilantro fresh for a week or more is to put them in a glass of water and cover it with a plastic bag to create a makeshift greenhouse.” The book espouses an open, nondenominational theism that may turn off more secular readers (it concludes with the reminder, “Let us remember that God, Source, Great Mystery, Creator, Universal Intelligence is always willing to meet every need, to fill each void, and to surrender form in order to allow new growth”), but Lafond’s attitude toward the sacredness of food is one that all cooks will be able to appreciate.

A lovely, thoughtful book of nourishing recipes.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9972175-0-6

Page Count: 552

Publisher: Greater Nourishment Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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