Category: Excerpt

The Curious History of Pumpkins (+ Recipes!)

A few years ago, we published The Curious History of Vegetables—one part folklore, one part anthropology, and 100% love letter to the secret life of food. In a global deep-dive into our relationships with veggies, Wolf Storl explores the complex, multilayered meanings we’ve ascribed to everything from the elusive artichoke to the humble potato. Since the …continue

A Night Inside the Great Pyramid

Adapted from A Secret Search in Egypt by Paul Brunton   A Night Inside the Great Pyramid The sleeping cats of Cairo opened their green eyes, yawned prodigiously, and then gracefully stretched their soft paws to the utmost possible limit. Dusk was arriving and with dusk began the activity which constituted their real existence—friendly chats, …continue

National Doughnut Day: Bath Bombs!

Happy National Doughnut Day! While we can’t share the ones we’re eating right now, we can show you how to make these bright and deceptively edible-looking doughnut bath bombs—a great gift for yourself or a friend. I found this easy bath bomb recipe in one of my favorite home DIY books: The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health …continue

New Release: Change Here Now

There’s a lot of political energy in the world now. Many of us are eager to create positive, tangible, and lasting change in our communities, but we may struggle over what can we do—or how to do it. In Change Here Now, award-winning social entrepreneur and permaculturalist Adam Brock draws from ecology, sociology, community economics, …continue

The Common Good: On Losing Larry Stettner

We’ve just received news that Larry Stettner, author of Cooking for the Common Good, passed away earlier this month. Larry Stettner grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and received his PhD in psychology from Stanford University in 1963. After retiring to Maine he co-founded the Common Good Soup Kitchen, which led to writing his inspirational …continue

Spiritual Spring Cleaning: Smudging and Healing Smoke

For advice on smudging and healing smoke, we turned to Robin Rose Bennett. Her book Healing Magic is an excellent resource on choosing the right herbs for the right time. Spirituality and Health also has a great article on The Ancient Art of Smudging which provides an overview on how you can approach this ancient practice with reverence and respect. What follows is …continue