In 1971, Frances Moore Lappé envisioned the ways in which what we put on our tables had implications for climate change, making a powerful case for the importance of sustainability in its revolutionary and smaller “Diet for a Small Planet.” sold. Fifty years later, Lappé’s ideas for a plant-rich protein diet remain as urgent as they were when first published. Ballantine’s re-release in celebration of changing people’s diets for half a century includes a revised piece of recipes aimed at “today’s tastes”, including new recipes by Padma Lakshmi, Mollie Katzen, Alice Waters and Mark Bittman, among others. others. A new introduction argues that a plant-centered diet is “a non-competitive necessity: Either we make a big turn now, or life on Earth as we know it is gone forever.” Shares are high. Lappé, which is based in Cambridge, as is its Small Planet Institute, was originally motivated by “hunger in abundance.” Now she asks how to “pull ourselves out of disaster and lead us towards life itself?” Frittatas, granola, chili quinoa and sesame parmesan are among the dozens of vegetarian recipes included. All the while, Lappé makes an urgent, compelling case for the benefits of a plant-centered diet, for our health and the health of our planet.
Natural New England
A new guide offers some routes to New England less explored places. In “Ecology on New England Road: Explore 30 of the Region’s Unique Natural Areas,” (Timber), Thomas Wessels takes us through “unusual forests. With slender swamps, swamps, alpine tundra and dunes.” a primer on the landscape features of the region, highlighting the exciting and complex relationships between species, detailing how to identify, for example, chestnut blight, grafting and trunk shoots. In Massachusetts, he explores the eastern and western extremities of the state, showing a beech forest and dune hut trails in Provincetown, and a white Atlantic cedar swamp in Wellfleet. To the west, there is a grove of nursing trees in Charlemont, old growth in Cummington, more than 800 species of plants in Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, and a cave affecting the “Moby-Dick” in Great Barrington. The book is driven by the feeling that building a relationship with these countries “can help [readers] develop a greater level of respect and care. And it introduces us to the flora and fauna – the hair girl spleen, the hickory shagbark and the hop dough – that surrounds us.
“I want / west and seals; I love / wild lilies in the woods; I want / to walk along the abyss, / to balance on the edge / of land and sea, ”writes Adeline Carrie Koscher, capturing what will be found in a new Cape Cod poetry anthology. “From the Farthest Coast: Discovering Cape Cod & the Islands through Poetry” (Bass River) gathers a string of regional poets exploring the watery outer edge of the state. Provincetown gets a lot of attention; there are poems by Gail Mazur, Stanley Kunitz, Marge Piercy, dozens more; Mark Doty writes Long Point Light. The book captures storms and fog, deserted beaches, lingering summer days, lingering cold autumn days, scallop shells, seaweed, wind and seagulls, Cape Cod special light, and the mood and mindset of visitors and residents annuals. , reminding us, as Mary Oliver does, that “what we see is the world / which can not nourish us, / but which we value”.
“How I became a tree” by Sumana Roy (Yale University)
“Today a woman went crazy in the supermarket” by Hilma Wolitzer (Bloomsbury)
“Fear of a Black Universe: An External Guide to the Future of Physics” by Stephon Alexander (Basic)
Choice of the Week
Mark DeCarteret at the Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, New Hampshire, recommends “Cutting from the Clutter” by Richard Buckner (Black Sparrow): “Fans of Richard Buckner songs will not find perpetual storms, finished dust, slower riffs on the ground they “was taught in his first book, but instead become well-traveled gatherings, bright in the day and in nightgowns, which often think for seconds and seconds, often change and give the best fit — not so much very furious at what little light it has but engaging with it – thus arguing for more of what gave them the beginning. “
Nina MacLaughlin is the author of “Wake, Siren”. It can be reached at email@example.com.