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LESS IS MORE

Cecile Andrews &Wanda Urbanska
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We're destroying the planet, undermining happiness, and clinging to an unsustainable economy. Our obsessive pursuit of wealth isn't working. But there's another way. Less can be More. Throughout history wise people have argued that we need to live more simply — that only by limiting outer wealth can we have inner wealth.

With Less is More, editors Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska have put together a compelling collection of works by people who have been writing about simplicity for decades, including Bill McKibben, Sarah Susanka, John de Graaf, Bryan Welch and many more.

These thinkers bring us a new vision of less: less stuff, less work, less stress, less debt. A life with less becomes a life with more: more time, more satisfaction, more balance, more security. When we have too much, we savor nothing. When we choose less, we regain our life and can think and feel deeply. Ultimately, a life of less connects us with one true source of happiness: being a part of a caring community.

About the authors:

Cecile Andrews is the author of Circle of Simplicity and Slow is Beautiful and co-founder of Phinney EcoVillage. She has her doctorate in education from Stanford University.

Wanda Urbanska is producer and host of Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska. She is author or co-author of numerous books, including Simple Living and Nothing's Too Small to Make a Difference.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books and products to its readers. For nearly 40 years, Mother Earth News has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.


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FIX FREEZE FEAST

Kati Neville & Lindsay Tkacsik
Hardcover

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Saving time and money is easiest with make-ahead meals, and in Fix, Freeze, Feast you have all the steps you need for making delicious meals ahead, freezing them and enjoying them whenever you are ready.

By making food ahead you will be saving money, as you can buy seasonal products or in bulk. Freezing your meals in ready-to-eat servings will allow you to have a delicious homemade meal at the table in minutes, without having to spend hours preparing, cooking and cleaning every week. Just thaw your meals in the fridge overnight, reheat and enjoy.

With more than 100 recipes including sauces, beef, pork, chicken and vegetarian meals, as well as pastas and Mexican-style dishes you'll be on your way to filling your freezer with delicious meals that, once thawed, will take just minutes to cook.

The recipes in this book include meals you can prepare, freeze, and cook when you are ready, fully-cooked frozen meals you'll just need to thaw and reheat, as well as recipes for smoothies, freezable cookie dough and other treats.

Fix, Freeze, Feast contains tips on grocery shopping for your make-ahead meals, and recipes for using your frozen marinades and sauces in other recipes anytime, as well as labels for correctly identifying your meals in the freezer, and detailed information about cooking your once-frozen meals.

Cook ahead, skip the restaurant, save money and enjoy fast wholesome meals every night in no time.

About the Authors: Lindsay Tkacsik and Kati Neville are enthusiastic make-ahead cooks, warehouse club shoppers, and founders of meal assembly businesses. They share an appreciation for well-organized freezers and clearly labeled containers.


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INDEPENDENCE DAYS

Sharon Astyk
Paperback

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Author Sharon Astyk tackles all the nuts and bolts of preserving foods, and provides tips on how to bulk buy and pre…

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Author Sharon Astyk tackles all the nuts and bolts of preserving foods, and provides tips on how to bulk buy and preserve food inexpensively. Independence Days is packed with valuable secrets to home food preservation, including canning and dehydrating techniques, root cellaring, season extension, and a host of broader issues. In addition, it focuses on how to enjoy a delicious, high-quality diet at home year-round, how to preserve food on a community scale, and how to reduce reliance on industrial agriculture by creating self-sufficient and vibrant local economies.

In just a few decades, America's approach to food has changed radically from the self-sufficiency of our grandparents to the convenience foods of mega-supermarkets. The recent economic crisis has seen millions of North Americans move from being middle class to poor, and from poor to hungry. At the same time, the trend toward self-sufficiency, whole foods health and eating locally is shifting from being a pricey fringe activity to an essential element of getting by. But how can you eat locally, not just when the farmers markets are bountiful, but all year-round? Who really knows anymore how to eat outside of the supermarket, and who really knows how to eat a balanced diet based on easily stored and home preserved foods?

About the author: Sharon Astyk is a former academic who is a writer, subsistence farmer, parent, activist and profile blogger (SharonAstyk.com). She farms in upstate New York with her family, raises livestock, and grows and preserves vegetables. She is the author of Depletion and Abundance, and co-author of A Nation of Farmers.


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BUILD YOUR OWN PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Seth Leitman
Paperback

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Written by clean energy guru and electric hybrid vehicle expert Seth Leitman, this hands-on guide gives you the late…

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Written by clean energy guru and electric hybrid vehicle expert Seth Leitman, this hands-on guide gives you the latest technical information and easy-to-follow instructions to build a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, or PHEV.

Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to hitting the road in a reliable, economical and environmentally friendly car. Inside, you'll find complete details on the electric powertrain and all the required components, including the hybrid motor, battery and chassis. The book covers the plug-in hybrids currently on the market as well as hybrid conversion companies, electric conversion kits, and related resources. Pictures, diagrams, charts and graphs illustrate each step along the way. With this how-to guide on hand, you'll be behind the wheel of your own plug-in hybrid electric automobile in no time!

Build Your Own Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle covers:

  • Energy savings and environmental benefits
  • PHEV background
  • Drivetrain parts and design
  • Chassis frame selection
  • DC and AC motor types
  • Hybrid batteries and chargers
  • The electric conversion process
  • Licensing and insurance
  • Safety, maintenance, troubleshooting and warranties
  • Clubs and associations
  • Additional resources

About the Author:

Seth Leitman is the president and managing member of the ETS Energy Store, LLC (www.etsenergy.com), which offers consulting services to companies and individual families on organic, natural and sustainable products. He is also a writer for the Planet Green Web site, and the Consulting Editor for the McGraw-Hill Green Guru Guides. Leitman runs the blog www.greenlivingguy.com and is the co-author of the best-selling Build Your Own Electric Vehicle, Second Edition, published by McGraw-Hill.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is recommending books to readers. For 40 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.


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BASIC ENERGY AUDIT KIT - CD ONLY


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Price: $11.00

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This educational CD-ROM includes presentations designed to guide you through a detailed inspection of your home or business and its potential energy problems. Learning to complete an energy audit of your structure will help you to pinpoint where energy problems occur, allowing you to make effective and affordable changes to reduce energy consumption.

The Basic Energy Audit software is also included in the complete Basic Energy Audit Kit.


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GREEN BUILDING DECISION KIT - CD ONLY


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Price: $19.80

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The Green Building Decision Kit CD-ROM is the software that belongs to the Green Building Decision Kit. It's designed to educate and aid you with the decision making process of 'green' construction: residential or small commercial, new or remodeling.

The Green Decision Matrix software provides a comparison of options in each area of the green building discussion based upon with user's input. The software begins with input regarding your priorities (i.e. costs, living style, embodied energy, environmental impacts, etc.) and uses these priorities during the 'weighting' process to provide a most favorable to least favorable list for each component.

This CD-ROM, with or without the rest of the Green Building Decision Kit, is a helpful tool for keeping track of your priorities.


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DRIP IRRIGATION FOR EVERY LANDSCAPE AND ALL CLIMATES

Robert Kourik
Paperback

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Drip irrigation is the best way to help any plant flourish and survive tough times, especially during short or long droughts. Pick the wrong "stuff" and you easily can feel overwhelmed. Robert Kourik's Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates clearly explains how to use less water yet increase the yields of vegetables and promote the growth and flowering of all plants — trees, shrubs and container plants — in any climate, even where it rains irregularly.

In the tradition of the original groundbreaking book, this fully revised edition incorporates new information essential for gardeners, including how to manage limited water supplies with precision and efficiency, without the clutter of hundreds of widgets and gizmos, and the knowledge is shared in Kourik's inimitable, friendly, down-to-earth and easy-to-understand style.

Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates reveals how to:

  • Utilize drip irrigation for everything you grow — trees, shrubs, hanging plants, container plants, and vegetable and flower gardens — and save up to 50 percent of your water compared to sprinklers.
  • Use a streamlined configuration of hardware and tubing.
  • Choose the best, sturdiest hardware that will last for decades in your home landscape and vegetable garden.
  • Pick tubing that has no emitters punched on the outside — these have a tendency to break off — and use this tubing buried beneath the surface to irrigate without losing any water to wind or evaporation.
  • Roll out a drip system in a very short period of time, avoiding tedious hours punching in emitters or adding smaller tubing to reach each plant.
  • Capture and reuse gray water and cistern water for irrigation.
  • Construct a system in which the main parts are effectively hidden or can be simply attached to an existing garden faucet.

About the author:
During the 1975 California drought, Robert Kourik created a primitive drip system, and since then, he has continued to innovate using the latest technologies. He has written 10 instructional books advocating sustainable gardening, edible landscaping and a healthy lifestyle, including Roots Demystified. He lives in Occidental, Calif.


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS 40TH ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRT (LARGE)


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These limited edition "Love Your Mother" t-shirts are made from 100% certified organic cotton and use an environmentally-friendly, water-based ink that results in a breathable, comfortable feel unlike typical screen printing methods that can feel plastic-like and stiff.


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MOTHER EARTH NEWS 40TH ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRT (XL)


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These limited edition "Love Your Mother" t-shirts are made from 100% certified organic cotton and use an environmentally-friendly, water-based ink that results in a breathable, comfortable feel unlike typical screen printing methods that can feel plastic-like and stiff.


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THE FLEXITARIAN TABLE

Peter Berley with Zoe Singer
Hardcover

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Today a single family can include staunch vegetarians as well as passionate meat lovers. When company…

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Today a single family can include staunch vegetarians as well as passionate meat lovers. When company shows up, the situation gets even more complicated. How can you satisfy them all without making two (or three) completely different meals?

In The Flexitarian Table, the award-winning author Peter Berley presents menus that are flexible, exciting, relaxing to prepare — and that make everyone feel welcome. With The Flexitarian Table, you'll no longer treat vegetarians as afterthoughts by offering them a couple of scanty side dishes, and you'll be able to indulge meat eaters at the same time with abundant, satisfying dishes.

You'll learn how to prepare vegetarian and meat versions simultaneously without going to any extra trouble. Roast a succulent, crisp chicken with lemon and thyme — and make a tofu version in just minutes. Put some meaty portobello mushroom caps on the grill and, for the carnivore contingent, throw on a steak, then pair them both with a zesty bread crumb salsa. Simmer white beans with carrot and celery and saute some shrimp, drizzling each with the same rich brown butter sauce with fresh herbs.

You'll find many sumptuous vegetarian dishes as well, including cannelloni with ricotta, Parmesan and mint or a hearty lasagna with roasted fall vegetables in a sage-scented cheese sauce. Or serve up a selection of easy little dishes and let your guests choose.

You'll get plenty of ideas for get-dinner-quick meals, such as winter tomato soup with goat cheese crostini and Spanish-style fried eggs, and for luxurious weekend fare try cumin-spiced lamb croquettes and falafel, served with two traditional Middle Eastern sauces and whole-wheat pita bread.

The Flexitarian Table also shows you how to cook with the seasons, so you get the most flavor from your ingredients while you enjoy varied, sustainable meals year-round.

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