Jonathan Bastian, the host of KCRW's newest show, The 805, interviewed me for the program aired on Friday, February 22. Listen here.
I hit the send button for my completed manuscript for Eat Less Water (with a little help from my three children)! It took seven years, 16,000 miles of travel and a whole lot of faith to finish. But as Nelson Mandela said, "It always seems impossible until it's done." My book research extended from California … Continue reading Eat Less Water Coming to Bookstores Near You Fall 2017
Serendipity or destiny? I once called Chicago home. I attended University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy. It is where I learned to be a researcher, labored over economic derivatives, and got over my fear of math (mostly). At the University of Chicago, I attended my first Creative Non-Fiction class. It is there amongst … Continue reading Sweet Home Chicago
Food is a delicious gift from planet earth. Celebrate Earth Day with a feast of flavor. I offer you links to four recipes to eat your way through your Earth Day, including chocolate cake for dessert. But these recipes are a bit different than the standard. These recipes are designed to be action steps to … Continue reading 4 Tasty Earth Day Recipes to Save the Planet
"Is this slave chocolate?" my son Joaquin asked after he swallowed a big piece. Seventy percent of the world's cocoa beans are grown in West Africa, much of it produced using enslaved child labor. An estimated 1.8 million children are involved in cocoa production in West Africa according to a Tulane University report . This disturbing child slave/chocolate … Continue reading Why give fair-trade chocolate to your valentine: A recipe for chocolate cake
Half the world population will experience freshwater shortages, referred to as water scarcity by 2030. Water scarcity is at our shore now. Supply and quality are the two leading causes of water scarcity according to the United Nations. Ask the people in Central Valley California who don't have running water today. Or the people of Flint, Michigan who … Continue reading What Does An Omelette Have To Do With Clean Water?
When did saving water come to mean, make more trash? It seems two weeks ago. That is when the Northern California city of Fort Bragg issued a water rule mandating city eateries to serve food on paper and plastic. The banning of silverware, glass and ceramic is in response to the historic low flows of … Continue reading Save Water and Make More Trash? It Is What City Leaders of Fort Bragg,CA Suggest
"How many families don’t have someone sick in them? We all have somebody in our family that is fighting obesity, high blood pressure, cancer, something," said Kurt Unkle, Owner of Cajun Grain in Kinder, Louisiana. A report released by the National Council and Institute of Medicine support Kurt's observations. The study reports we, defined as male and female … Continue reading Why American Soil Makes Us Sick
One glass of milk (8 ounces) = 45 gallons of water One pound of cheese = 414 gallons of water One pound of butter = 3,602 gallons of water “Meet the girls,” said Paul, my formal introduction to the black and white milk cows that live on Cobblestone Valley Farms. Located in the small town … Continue reading Dairy and Water (excerpt from “Eat Less Water” book-in-progress)
Eggs abound. The colored plastic kind, the chocolate kind and the eggs in my chicken coop. My chickens taught me that eggs have a season. The natural production of eggs depends on the length of light in a day. The short days of winter nearly shut down egg production in my backyard coop. But the … Continue reading Eggs, Eggs Everywhere (Hard-Boiled Egg Recipe)