Wednesday, November 21, 2018

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY (CYBILS): Diet for a Changing Climate & Fakers


ABOUT THE BOOK

The United Nations supports a compelling solution to world hunger: eat insects! Explore the vast world of unexpected foods that may help solve the global hunger crisis. Weeds, wild plants, invasive and feral species, and bugs are all food for thought. Learn about the nutritional value of various plant and animal species; visit a cricket farm; try a recipe for dandelion pancakes, kudzu salsa, or pickled purslane; and discover more about climate change, sustainability, green agriculture, indigenous foods, farm-to-table restaurants, and how to be an eco-friendly producer, consumer, and chef. Meet average folks and experts in the field who will help you stretch your culinary imagination!

REVIEW

This book was a truly eye-opening read.  I had no idea there was a movement underway intended to encourage people to eat weeds and bugs and invasive animals.  I found the book fascinating if rather revolting at times.  I'll admit that the thought of eating some of the things that are mentioned in this book made me a bit sick to my stomach.  But that is mostly because I've grown up in a culture where those things aren't considered to be food.  The book mentions a variety of different cultures where bugs and things have always been considered to be a valid food source.  In addition to describing the variety of different plants (weeds), bugs, and invasive species that can be eaten, the book also shares recipes, websites, and individual stories of those who pursue this diet.  An informative book that would be perfect for those looking for ways to be more environmentally friendly and are willing to consider stepping out of their eating comfort zone.  The book design is beautiful and eye-catching.


ABOUT THE BOOK

From the Trojan horse to fake news, scams have run rampant throughout history and across the globe. Some con artists do it for fun, others for profit. . . and every once in a while, a faker saves the world.

In this era of daily online hoaxes, it's easy to be caught off-guard. Fakers arms kids with information, introducing them to the funniest, weirdest, and most influential cons and scams in human history. Profiles of con artists will get readers thinking about motivation and consequence, and practical tips will help protect them from falsehoods. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is--except in the case of this book!

REVIEW

Deception has long been a problem in human society.  Wherever people gather together, there is bound to be someone wanting to take advantage of someone else.  Thus, books like this one are very valuable.  This book takes a look at some of the deceptions that have been and still are being practiced in human society.  Covering specific events and individuals as well as general types of deception, Wood gives the reader a basic education in the types of deception that can be found in the world.  The book takes a look at short cons (like pickpocketing), long cons (like Ponzi or pyramid schemes), carnivals and entertainment related deceptions (includes information on P.T. Barnum, the Prince of Humbugs), psychics, imposters, science hoaxes, medical deceptions, war deceptions, and mass media hoaxes.  Each chapter is informative and full of interesting information.  The stories included cover both historical tricks and more modern ones with specific examples described.  The photographs, sidebars, and illustrations help break up the text a bit.  Although it still makes for a pretty hefty read.  I found the book rather compelling however both because of the casual, friendly approach the author takes and because of the topic.  A valuable and entertaining book full of information that is both practical and fascinating.

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