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Slice of Organic Life
by Sheherazade Goldsmith
Order:  USA  Can
DK Publishing, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Kerrily Sapet

We are faced with an onslaught of evidence that our world is slowly warming and that we need to live more sustainably. But while we register these claims, we often wonder what to do about them. How do they translate into daily life? How can we adjust our lifestyles and our homes so that we are healthier and the world is a safer place for our children? At times it seems an insurmountable task. Sheherazade Goldsmith's A Slice of Organic Life aims to provide guidance. It claims that everyone can have a slice of organic life.

Goldsmith organizes her chapters simply and effectively. In her first, she offers tips on how to shop ethically, travel wisely, choose natural products, and more, including the mantra reduce, reuse, and recycle. Goldsmith's second chapter covers growing fruits, herbs, and vegetables organically in small spaces, such as roof terraces, patios, and small yards. She points out that in order to live organically one need not have a garden the size of a football field. Goldsmith's third chapter offers advice for those who have space, much more space. Along with simple tips, such as about making fresh juices and using renewable energy, she ventures further out into raising pigs, keeping a flock of ducks, and making goat cheese from one's own goats.

A Slice of Organic Life is beautifully illustrated. A fun and interesting book to read, it offers some fresh and innovative ideas. While most of Goldsmith's tips are simple and easily achievable, one wonders just how many people will be able to keep a milk cow, a hive of bees, or a flock of geese. Primarily the book will serve well someone who is a novice to living with an eye towards the environment. The book's colorful photographs of nature remind us all just why Goldsmith's advice is so important.

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