Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love by Simran Sethi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What’s not to like? Wine, Chocolate, Coffee, Beer, and Bread? (Plus one more that I’ll get to…)
Sethi breaks each examination into three parts…a mix of her personal history with the food and historical history (wasn’t sure how else to put that); looks at sourcing and the impacts of high yield hybrids and strains on the higher quality beans, grains, yeasts, grapes, etc. – loss of diversity; and a short section on how the experts suggest enjoying each. She does a good job telling the story of the small farmers, vintners, chocolatiers “operating on the slimmest og magins”, trying to make a living.
I liked most of what Sethi wrote, highlighting a few quote-worthy segments… Continue reading
Eight years ago, there was a Facebook thing going around about 15 Books in 15 Minutes – write down within 15 minutes 15 books that have stuck with you. I saw it pass through my Memories and started thinking (I didn’t look at what I wrote back then…perhaps I’ll visit after I write this and see…) about what books I would choose, 2017 version. But I’m not playing the time limit, nor, apparently, the 15 limit. Here are books that have stuck with me – mostly fiction, and some background as to why. The first five are in preference order, the rest are sort of fungible…and this has been a chore to format…Wordpress seems to have a hard time with a lot of images, links and whatever… Continue reading
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Standing Naked in the Shower: Life-Enriching Insights That Expose Human Nature by Nathan Bryce
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I know of at least one business entity that has embraced this particular flavor of Jim Jones’ favorite beverage and baptized its leadership team in full immersion. I kept hearing “I’m such an orange…” or “Blues will love this…” from lovely, young and naive acolytes who, to me, didn’t really have any idea what they were talking about, or how parochial they sounded. When I mentioned to one of the corporate leaders that it might be better to identify the personality types by name instead of arbitrary colors, well…I got a well-intentioned talking to about what color I was and that identifying colors would help me understand the people around me.
I read a lot on management, and have read a lot on and taken at gun point quadrant “theories” (i.e., Myers-Briggs, Wilbur), and color theories (one developed by a local psychologist that administered a year-long management program I was in). This is a repackaging of so much pop psychology. And sadly disappointing. I’m not sure even someone like Gladwell would buy it. But I will be kind. Continue reading