Beans, Grans, Nuts & Seeds book by local member

I just heard about another local food author!

Beans, Grains, Nuts & Seeds: Further Adventures in Eating Close to Home
by Elin England

 It hasn’t been reviewed by the Weston A. Price Foundation yet, but I have been in corrispondence with the author.  She says:

“In my first book, Eating Close to Home: A Guide to Local Seasonal Sustenance in the Pacific Northwest, my focus was on providing readers with tips and recipes for cooking with locally grown, seasonal produce.  In Further Adventures, the emphasis is on utilizing the wonderful variety of beans, grains, nuts and seeds that are now found in local farmers markets and grocery outlets in the Pacific Northwest.  I have included in the book general information on cooking with these foods as well as numerous recipes from appetizers to desserts.   Further Adventures is available locally at Tsunami Books and through Eugene Local Foods, and on-line through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and  I will be getting it into more local stores soon.  

I think that much of the book is aligned with WAPF principles. I talk about soaking beans and grains and nuts and why it is beneficial to do so, and I have information in the book about sprouting.  And certainly the book is aligned in that the whole premise is that we would do well to be eating more whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds.  That said, I wanted the book to appeal to a wide range of people and didn’t want to alienate those who may not be as adventurous in cooking or as willing to allocate as much time as some other folks do.  So I suggest that while soaking is definitely beneficial, if you are in a pinch it is also possible to cook your beans and grains without soaking them.  I also did not discuss how to soak flour before baking, although I have included my favorite sourdough rye bread recipe.

The bottom line is that I think people who are enthusiastic about WAPF will find recipes of interest in the book, and I think that WAPF does such a good job of educating people about how to prepare their grains and such that most everyone should be able to adapt the recipes that don’t specifically include instructions to soak.

I am attaching a copy of the press release for your information, and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the book.  I can be reached by email ( or by phone at 541-747-6677.  



Download press release: FurtherAdventures PressRelease

It is always wonderful to hear about local authors.  If you have written a book or article, let me know!

For more see: blogs, books and articles by Local Eugene Chapter Members

And remember, if you purchase any of the recommended books on Amazon, please go through the Weston A. Price Foundation Thumbs-Up Reviews, so that they receive a referral fee!


Gluten-Free Sourdough Books Available!

The Art of Gluten-Free Sourdough Baking books are now in! At our May Popcorn Review, we showed the DVD presentation, and after the movie we decided to buy the author’s book.

If you pre-paid for a book, please arrange to come to one of our events to pick it up. If you would like to buy a copy, we have about 5 left!

Book: The Art of Gluten-Free Sourdough Baking by Sharon Kane

Cost: $29 (while supplies last)

Pick up a copy at one of our events!

Sharon Kane’s websites and articles:

We also received a personal invitation from Sharon Kane to join her bread group and newsletter:

Hi Lisa,

I deeply thank you for spreading my word. Please email me if you have questions about anything. Please invite your chapter members who purchase my book to contact me with their email so I can add them to my bread group list and newsletter if they so desire.

Many thanks again,

Sharon spoke at the Wise Traditions Conference in November. I wrote a little about it here: Wise Traditions 2011 (Lisa) Friday

New book by Salatin hits the mainstream – Get our message into the bestseller list

This comes to us from The Weston A. Price Foundation:


Dear Members,

A new book by Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal will be hitting the bookstores on October 10.  For the first time, Joel’s wonderful information and style has been taken up by a major publisher (Hachette Book Group) and will be launched into the mainstream book world.

Joels book specifically endorses the Weston A. Price Foundation and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund as must-join organizations.

You can help lift Joels book to the top of the bestseller lists by purchasing the book from a bookstore or Amazon on October 10th or shortly thereafter.

Together we can make Joels book a resounding success and introduce our vital message to the mainstream.

Sally Fallon Morell, President

By Joel Salatin

We live in abnormal times.  Really abnormal times.  Times when most people think Twinkies,  Cocoa-puffs, and Mountain Dew are safe but raw milk, compost grown tomatoes, and Aunt Matilda’s homemade pickles are unsafe.  The average morsel of food travels fifteen hundred miles between point of production and point of consumption.  Indeed, the average T-bone steak sees more of America than the farmer that grew the cow.

Never in the history of civilization has a culture eaten foods it can’t pronounce, foods that can’t be made in a domestic kitchen, or foods that won’t rot.  Living foods mold, rot, and decompose.  How long can an M&M remain on your counter without altering its appearance?

Until extremely recent days, people had to  think about energy, whether it was providing for draft animals for transportation and power, or accumulating firewood to keep the stove burning in the winter.

We are the first culture to abdicate domestic culinary arts in favor of microwavable boxes of processed, stabilized, extruded, reconstituted, dye-colored, amalgamated, irradiated, nutrient-compromised, transgenic modified, prostituted pseudo-food.    Modern America now has the highest rate in history of chronic, debilitating diseases, and leads the world in unhealthiness.

We’re the first culture to invent supermarkets and to universally equate children’s chores with abuse.  We’re the first culture to confine animals in factories, use pharmaceuticals on our food, and break the soil-building carbon cycle on a massive scale.

These themes, discussed in historical context, conventional modern-day thinking, and future response, position Joel Salatin’s new book FOLKS, THIS AIN’T NORMAL as a must read for Weston A. Price members.  Indeed, he even uses the book to acquaint the world with WAPF as well as the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

“When a major publisher (CenterStreet, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group) decided to put their weight behind this project, I decided that part of my objective would be to let the world know about all these wonderful groups and thinkers who really have all the answers to people’s fears.  I get tired of seeing the media wringing their hands as if solutions don’t exist, when in fact, they do.   I hope this book draws thousands and thousands into the WAPF camp–just mentioning the organization should drive people to the website.”

Never one to allow victimhood excuses, Salatin ends each chapter with a bulleted list of “things you can do.”  This broad book addresses issues as varied as food police, soil development, Disneyfication of the culture, and scientific findings proving pasture-based livestock is far more nutrient dense than factory-farmed counterparts.  It will warm your soul.

If you’ve ever wondered how to articulate how ridiculous many modern assumptions are, this book will give some sound bites.  Filled with stories, satire, and humor, FOLKS, THIS AIN’T NORMAL  is due for release Oct. 10 in hardback, Kindle, and audio-book.