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Rachel Oftedahl has commented on (7) products.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.) by Barbara Kingsolver and Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.)

Rachel Oftedahl, August 4, 2012

Barbara Kingsolver has to be my favorite author, hands down, both fiction and non-fiction. Her book of essays "Small Wonders" fueled my interest in sustainable food and mindful thought about where the things on my plate come from, and this book just cranked that into overdrive. While I do not have a farm, or even a yard, being a city dweller in a small apartment, I started making my own yogurt after this book. Never went back. I shared this book with my mother (well, I bought her a copy of her very own so I could be selfish with mine,) and now she is starting to make cheese. Read this book, and then I dare you to not make your own cultured or fermented dairy product or grow a garden. Go on.
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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Gilead

Rachel Oftedahl, January 2, 2010

This book was so beautiful and so meditative... it forced me to slow down to savor and appreciate every last word. It is a beautiful tale of faith, whether you believe in a higher being or just humanity here and now.
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The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation

Rachel Oftedahl, February 7, 2007

While I was in school training to be a 3D animator, one of my professors had us watch a documentary about Frank Thomas and his animation partner, Ollie Johnston. I thought I would be bored out of my gourd, but it was wonderful. I ran out and bought this book, which is beautifully laid out and filled with one motivation after another to keep this beautiful art of animation alive.
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Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Gilead

Rachel Oftedahl, January 4, 2007

My mother lent me this book, commenting that it was beautiful, but made her wish she knew more about the Bible. I sedately went through this book, as there is no way to fly through it. I can only describe it as a slow meditation in reading form, leaving you with a complete feeling of peace and satisfaction at the end. I literally put it down and just sat there smiling. And being a heathen, I'm sure some of the finer biblical points were lost on me, but the writing was so well done, it never made me feel as if they were.
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Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals by Moosewood Collective
Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites: Flavorful Recipes for Healthful Meals

Rachel Oftedahl, January 4, 2007

I have a longstanding obsession with the Moosewood cookbook series, and this was a welcome addition. It truly is low-fat, wihtout sacrificing flavor. A few ingredients are hard to come by, but they have easy substitutions. I would recommend the Harira. Highly.
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