Synopses & Reviews
These days we worry about everything: pandemic flu, global warming, contaminated toys, the purity of our foods and other products. The abundance of contradictory information out there can make you crazy. In Green Barbarians, Ellen Sandbeck delivers necessary knowledge and sounds a clarion call to arms, urging us to step forward and make informed decisions in order to live happier, safer, and more environmentally responsible lives.
"Sandbeck (Green Housekeeping) offers 'domestic strategies both ancient and modern' to help the ecologically minded reduce their carbon footprints. She convincingly argues that ruthless advertising has made us squeamish, timorous, unnecessarily germophobic, and sick she links environmental contaminants to the increasing prevalence of asthma and ulcerative colitis. Despite some advice that's more silly than serious (e.g., rather than using napkins, wipe your hands on a slice of bread that you can eat later), she ably demonstrates that real bravery is required to 'break free from the siren call of stuff.' Sandbeck lambastes Americans' addiction to shopping as well as the expected suspects: big pharma, hormone- riddled milk and meat, the cottonseed oil lobby, and factory-style egg production. She roots for kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut as natural immuno-boosters and anticarcinogens, bacteria (as partners in producing Belgian beers and French cheeses), locavores, Seedsavers, composting, 'freeganism,' the cleaning properties of some kinds of dirt, and vaccination and male circumcision as low-cost preventive health care. Even if there is a schism between Sandbeck's championing of local eating and her salivating over French Roquefort, her book promotes greener and cheaper living with skill, wit, and conviction." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The acclaimed author of Slug Bread and Beheaded Thistles and Eat More Dirt gives tips and tricks for fellow green barbarians.
Sandbeck preaches a return to a more primitive way of lifeand#8212;a life with more joy and fewer household products. andlt;Iandgt;Green Barbariansandlt;/Iandgt; demonstrates that by mustering a bit of courage and relying less on many modern conveniences, we can live happier, safer, more ecologically and economically responsible lives..
About the Author
Ellen Sandbeck is an organic landscaper, worm wrangler, writer, and graphic artist who lives with (and experiments on) her husband and an assortment of younger creatures — which includes two mostly grown children, a couple of dogs, a small flock of laying hens, and many thousands of composting worms — in Duluth, Minnesota. She is the author of Slug Bread and Beheaded Thistles and Eat More Dirt.