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Tuesday
Sep092014

Deadline by John Sandford

 

Coming late to the Sandford Prey novels (I’ve only been reading them for a few months), I wasn’t aware some of his other non-Prey books were spin-offs featuring Virgil Flowers. Thanks to the nice folks at Putnam, sending me an advance of Deadline, I’m in the loop and excited.

It was already great knowing a backlog of Prey novels were out there for me to buy and enjoy (I’m a half dozen into the archives already). After reading Deadline, I’m sold on Sandford’s Virgil Flowers titles, as well. What a great situation for me, the reader!

Flowers is a recurring sidekick of Lucas Davenport’s, star of the Prey series. His role there is muted and often non-essential, though I know he’s always ready to stand by Davenport in any situation. Deadline finds Flowers, absolutely the lead character of the novel, investigating a series of murders that initially draw him away from the case he originally was involved with. Only time working hard at the little things involved in crime solving, and plenty of hard thinking, and digging into what people tell him, help him to fully understand the magnitude of the case.

Who to trust of course is important. Flowers begins with a mystery involving dozens of stolen dogs, seeing possible motivation on the part of a small community of meth-producers removed from society. That quickly blows up in his face, and it’s all he can do to handle the animal owners, who are prepared to take the law into their own hands.

As if this isn’t enough, a deep embezzlement scheme slowly comes to the surface, accompanied by a growing checklist of dead bodies. Flowers, a captivating character himself, and a memorable cast, live a dangerous game of cat and mouse as the two story-lines come together.

Deadline is an engrossing tale, populated with people coming alive on the page, moving a good story along at a nice pace. I found it exciting, with some passages worth reading a second time just to savor the writing, and a great story. Nicely done, John Sandford.

Putnam 

@PenguinUSA, @J_Sandford, #Prey, #VirgilFlowers, #Deadline

Sunday
Sep072014

Gluten-Free Flour Power by Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot

Considering many CrossFit participants, Paleo disciples, and others heavily invested in their health and fitness dislike the spectrum of “gluten-free fake foods” clogging social media, it’s also safe to say that everyone succumbs to the temptation of pancakes, muffins or cookies on occasion. Be truthful with yourself. You do, and you know it.

When this craving descends upon you, if you’re the type that’ll wait long enough to haul your butt into the kitchen and make whatever it is your brain is yelling at you about, Gluten-Free Flour Power is absolutely the book you want to reach for. Subtitled “Bringing Your Favorite Foods Back to the Table,” the authors have skillfully re-created recipes for timeless treats. Whether cookies, pizza dough, breads or other comfort foods, their self-imposed mandate was flavor. 

I’ve certainly suffered through my share of bland, flavorless gluten-free products. Bread is the first coming to mind. Based on the the author’s careers and reputation (I’ve not attempted any recipes in the book yet), I’d gamble on a copy of Gluten-Free Flour Power and put it to work in your kitchen. The flavor can be restored to gluten-free baked goods; the map is in this book.

www.ideasinfood.com

@wwnorton, @akikamozawa, @ideasinfood

Saturday
Sep062014

Catching Up with Lost but Just-Found Book Reviews

Legendary tales of manuscripts lost and never found haunt writers. Hemingway's first wife famously misplaced a suitcase of notebooks and partially written books on a train - lost forever. At the other end of the spectrum, last year I wrote a slew of brief reactions to (then) newly published books, and promptly lost them on my hard drive! How dumb is that?

Last night the missing file (I've had a nagging feeling I wrote these but doubted myself, 'cause I couldn't find 'em) came to my attention while searching for something else. Here they are, 'kinda raw, pretty brief, and of no value whatsoever to the book publicists who kindly sent me review copies. To them, I apologize. Hopefully the rest of you realize a good book is timeless, so if something here sounds good, I'm certain it still is, and likely remains easy to find.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams

I’ve a growing interest in vanished civilizations. Some of what drives me is fascination with what humans are doing to the planet during my lifetime, and trying to make a connection with the eras and people before us. Growing up, I avidly read science fiction and dreamed of the future. Now, much older, iPhone in my pocket, much of my imagined future fills my daily life and I turn back for answers. 

The Inca civilization, in what is today called Peru, has long held a place in the minds of anyone steeped in history. Vanished peoples, entire cities, gone. Leaving behind enormous, complicated temples and virtual countries, to be choked off by an energetic jungle. Why did they go away, what did these people do while they were alive? And how the hell did they build those pyramids and why?

Explorers have long searched for the locations, and answers. Hiram Bingham seemed to have found the cradle of Inca civilization in 1911 when he “discovered” Machu Picchu. Today his legacy is shaded by accusations of taking credit deserved by others, and plundering treasure and artifacts. Mark Adams, thinking himself expert on the topic, set out to retrace Bingham’s journey over mountains and through the deepest Amazon jungle, to Machu Picchu.

Adams' adventures, discoveries and revelations make up Turn Right at Machu Picchu. Non-fiction reading like a novel. You’ll like this. Plume Books, $16 trade paperback, @PlumeBooks, #MachuPicchu

Vlad: A Novel by Carlos Fuentes

A modern Dracula moves to Mexico, where bodies chock full of blood await. Vlad the Impaler, the first true Dracula (what a phrase), is a modern-day vampire with problems. He has a lawyer, for example. Luckily he chose Mexico, where the political and social climates allow him freedom to be himself. 

My simplistic commentary aside, Vlad: A Novel is dark and sinister, thought-provoking and oddly explicit in a harrowing manner. This is a small, quickly absorbed hardcover, worthwhile as much for the quality of Fuentes’ prose as the story. Dalkey Archive Press, $17.95 @Dalkey_Archive

Bailout:  An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street by Neil Barofsky

Barofsky presents a clear path to my feelings, shining a bright light on the broken promises continually made to Americans (Main Street), and the never-ending protection afforded fat cats (Wall Street). 

Bailout reads like a novel. It’s a page-turner, and gave me a headache because I know it's real. Not a beach read, but an important series of events in our society today well-written-about. Pull the shades aside and look behind the curtain at those who always pull the strings. Free Press, $26

Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel by Hilary Mantel 

Raise your hand if you’re tired of historical novels set in Henry VIII’s England, with Anne Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and the regular cast of court characters. I’m not, and I’m certainly happy Hilary Mantel isn’t either. I think she lives in the early 1500s in her head; she writes like she’s been in Henry’s court, witness to events, with people whispering in her ear. 

Picking up where her acclaimed Wolf Hall left off, Bring Up the Bodies is entertaining fiction, with dizzying intrigue and hold-your-breath happenings. But of course it’s all based on true events. Amazing. Henry Holt, $28 @HenryHolt, @Hilary_Mantel

 Paris: The Collected Traveler edited by Barrie Kerper

I’ve not been to Paris, but wish to be there and sip espresso outdoors, watch people go by, walk the city, hang out in bookstores. My long-time interest in Hemingway, expatriate American writers of the 1920s and ‘30s, my daughter’s two trips to the fabled city, all fuel a long-time desire to spend some time in the City of Light.

Then along comes this crazy book, featuring essays, articles, excerpts and interviews from an imaginative span of writers, all on the topic. Everybody writes with passion, whether about the food (Judith Jones, Julia Child’s editor), landmarks, galleries and restaurants, or just being in Paris.

Dipping into Paris: The Collected Traveler is akin to discovering a long-lost suitcase in your grandparent’s attic, crammed full of printed artifacts from their years spent living in Paris, a life you didn’t even know they’d had. Exciting and informative. This isn’t a travel guide; it’s a mind-expander. Vintage Books, $21 @VintageBooks

Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream by Neil Young 

Most rock’n’roll autobiographies today conform to a predictable formula, one I find boring and pretentious. Neil Young and the word pretentious have never before been together in a sentence, possibly. I found Waging Heavy Peace to be sensitive, engrossing, and rather like a conversation with the somehow-66-years-old Young. Long an admirer of his songwriting, passion and diverse interests, I found myself caught up in his real life, his family relationships, more than the stories of his life in the music industry. Read this book slowly, absorb it, and be thankful for this artist who has long been unafraid to bare his soul. I've lately read that Young is working on a second volume of autobiographical writing. $30, Blue Rider Press @BlueRiderPress, @Neilyoung

 Literary Outlaw: The Life and Times of William S. Burroughs by Ted Morgan

Burroughs is one of those writers dating back to the Beat area whose books probably grace bookcases worldwide, but haven’t been read that much. I bought Naked Lunch in the 1970s, for example, but found it too difficult to read, so I quit trying. He’s one of those figures easy and interesting to read about, his fingers have been in so many literary pies, and he was a part of so many important careers and movements. This new edition of the Literary Outlaw, originally published in 1988, I found engrossing, certainly more readable than many of his books. Give it a shot; Burroughs was a wild man, above and beyond his influence as a writer and literary beacon. $24.95, W.W. Norton

Best Food Writing 2011 edited by Holly Hughes 

This anthology of fine writers passionate about food, cooking and eating will, to roll out the cliche, serve every interest. If I tell you that the inclusion of John Thorne alone makes the book worthwhile will you believe me?

Hopefully so, else you’ll miss out. This isn’t gourmet foodie stuff; there’s nothing pretentious in here. How food is a part of your local environment, what it means in your real, busy life... these are issues dealt with realistically by some of the nearly 40 authors in here. This is good stuff. Just don’t begin reading on an empty stomach! I recommend a glass of red wine. $16, Da Capo Press @DaCapoPR

The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams

I’m a sucker for good books set in Victorian England. That being said, author Williams has written a fiction debut that’s damn good, perhaps great.  If you enjoy engrossing yourself in an artful mystery that’s tense and gripping, atmospheric like London in 1840 should be, The Pleasures of Men will keep you up late, happy to continue turning pages. I’m a fan.

$15.99  Hyperion trade paperback @PartSixofThree

The Chitlin’ Circuit: and the Road to Rock’n’Roll by Preston Lauterbach 

Now available in trade paperback. This fine book, which I raved about upon hardcover publication, is a wonderful full-on look behind the curtain hiding the real roots of American popular music. Read it and you’ll quickly be on iTunes buying music you’ve never heard of, wondering why it’s unknown to you. Lauterbach brings the roots of American music to life. $16.95 trade paperback, W.W. Norton @wwnorton, @PresLauterbach

Alaskan Travels: Far-Flung Tales of Love and Adventure by Edward Hoagland

Travel memoirs based in Alaska are plentiful. One could fill a bookcase with such titles. I did, once upon a time. Most are interesting, stimulating the imagination, but I found many to be similar, even boring, after a while.

Hoagland is different. This man is a writer, a real author and journalist. His sense of place, a way with words honed during decades traveling the world on assignment for Harper’s and Esquire, writing nearly two dozen books in that time, brings a perspective to Alaska only a fine writer could unearth.

Alaskan Travels is a remarkable book. One could begin their Alaska library with this one.

$22.95  Arcade Publishing @Arcadepub

 

The Dog Stars: A Novel by Peter Heller 

“My dog died.” 

A simple statement from a man with nothing to lose, who has experienced what he feels may be his deepest loss, stopped me in my reading. I read the page over a couple of times, absorbing the beauty of Heller’s writing and thinking about how I found myself so deeply into the story and people inhabiting the post-apocalyptic setting of The Dog Stars.

Initially I struggled with the writing style employed by Heller, but sticking with it, and relaxing, I became comfortable and let the story wash over me. This isn’t traditional prose, but it works well once your brain adjusts. Please read and appreciate The Dog Stars$24.95, Knopf @AAKnopf

 A Wanted Man by Lee Child

Often lumped in with formulaic thriller writers, Child’s “Reacher” novels consistently engage and surprise me. In A Wanted Man, author Child goes outside of traditional plot structure and places Jack Reacher in a car traveling through the midwest for about the first 135 pages of the book. Certainly not the action novel some readers will be expecting, but suspense and intrigue carry the day. I felt like I was getting deeply into Reacher’s mind, thinking through events and situations along with him. The pages couldn’t turn quickly enough.

Don’t despair; matters heat up and Reacher has to take events into his own hands. Of course. Suspenseful, nicely paced satisfying from beginning to end. $28, Delacorte Press @LeeChildReacher, #DelacortePress, #Reacher

Battleborn: Stories by Claire Vaye Watkins

Here’s a collection of short stories easy to overlook if your eyes roam over it in a bookstore. I had it in my hands and debated whether to dive in. Frankly, a press release telling me that both the Paris Review and Granta love Battleborn encouraged me to give it a shot. I’m happy I did.

Set in the American West, with glimpses of her own family history, Watkins comes out of the gate in this first collection in remarkable fashion. These are contemporary stories in settings lending themselves to vivid prose. She goes into rough territory with hardscrabble people, ranging across Nevada.

Find this wonderful book; even if you’re more of a novel reader than a fan of short stories,Battleborn will catch you in it’s grip. $25.95 Riverhead Books @RiverheadBooks

 Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton

Countless books and love stories have been set in Paris. Well known as a romantic backdrop, initially I assumed the cliche was coming alive with this one. Digging a bit deeper, I find author Marton talking about her life and relationships and the role Paris played in all their lives, in her autobiographical Paris: A Love Story.

When her husband Richard Holbrooke suddenly died in December 2010, she found herself returning to Paris in an attempt to put her life and spirit back together. The magical city played a central role in her earlier life with first husband Peter Jennings, and again when she wanted to put her life back together after Holbrooke passed away. 

Marton conveys deep emotion and feelings with her writing. Her children, her life, her heart, Paris, all shine brightly on these pages. This isn’t a simple love story, nor is it a book about Paris. Kati Marton lays her life bare, reveals herself as a complex, caring woman, and in the process writes a compelling book surprising me in it’s hold upon me. $24  Simon & Schuster @simonschuster

Marilyn by Magnum, written by Gerry Badger 

Will the world ever tire of Marilyn Monroe? Apparently not, at least until every photograph taken of her appears in print. 

The Magnum photographic cooperative, encompassing perhaps a dozen photographers, were around Monroe during various phases of her career. This sumptuous coffee-table photo collection is nothing but beautiful photos; whether captured on a movie set, or in a studio setting, or candidly going about life, little Marilyn did seems not to have been caught on film and exposed in these pages. Author Badger, an expert in the world of photography, wraps context around the photographers and their work, and their involvement with Monroe. Marilyn by Magnum is as interesting for that aspect as for the actual photography. $29.95, Prestel @Prestel_US

 Start Shooting by Charlie Newton

I enjoyed this more than I believed I would, if you’d asked one chapter in. You know how sometimes you feel that it’s your duty as a reader to complete a book, because you’ve put so much effort in already? I dislike that weight and usually put those books aside. 

Initially I felt that way about Bobby Vargas, a Chicago policeman whose life and career go crazily astray very quickly. He’s accused of a ghastly crime from long ago, while at the same time meeting the woman he feels will complete his life. I cannot even begin to detail how complicated and fast-moving Vargas’ life moves, but once Start Shooting worked it’s way into my head, I couldn’t put it down. Non-stop action populated by characters you will find yourself rooting for. This is a complex thriller that’s entirely satisfying. $25.95  Doubleday @DoubledayPub

The Speed Chronicles edited by Joseph Mattson 

Publicity materials for this enjoyable book refer to speed as the most demonized and misunderstood drug in the land. Whether amphetamines, Dexedrine, Adderall or by any other name, speed has fueled productivity, sports, warfare and social activity for the longest time. Speed crosses all social boundaries; at some point all speed freaks live the same existence.

This collection of new short stories wrapping themselves around speed is absorbing, providing a peek behind a curtain many people choose to pretend isn’t there. Readers will find all manner of individuals in these stories - some are heartbreaking, others just curious or crazed. They’re all here. James Ellroy loves the book, if that gives you any context. Read The Speed Chroniclesquickly, with a pot of coffee, and you’ll feel right. $15.95 Akashic Books @AkashicBooks

 Live By Night by Dennis Lehane

The story of Joe Coughlin’s rise in 1920’s gangsterdom, his fall and of course subsequent upward path in the world of crime and vice is marked by author Lehane’s atmospheric writing. He builds a world in the pages of Live By Night, effectively sweeping up the reader. I found myself dumfounded on a couple of occasions by turns in the story, but once Maso Pescatore, Albert White and Emma Gould got into my head, I was all in. So will you be. $27.99, William Morrow @WmMorrowBks, @Dennis_Lehane

Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck

Setting:  Key West during the Great Depression. Ernest Hemingway, wife Pauline and family, and the cast of characters Hemingway attracted in real life, seen through the eyes of the fictional Mariella, make for a moving novel. Robuck creates a living Hemingway that rings true, complete with his legendary emotional instability. Mariella works to forge a life for herself, only to find everything she cares about at risk when the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane heads for Key West. NAL, $16

 The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell

If Woodrell’s name is at all familiar, it’s likely due to his having written Winter’s Bone, the novel from which the terrific movie comes. If you’ve read the book or seen the flick, you know Woodrell pulls no punches, delivering tough people, hard times and simple truths. The Outlaw Album is a collection of short stories that will stop you in your tracks, make you wonder what era you’re reading about, and probably leave you happy not to be anyone in any of the stories. On the other hand, you’ll eagerly move from story to story. Life is tough and people need to do what they have to; seems to be one of Woodrell’s messages. Gripping. $14.99, Hachette/Little Brown @HachetteBooks, @LittleBrown

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley 

Most cultural and news stories today portray negative viewpoints and perspectives about nearly everything. The world is getting smaller and crazier, seems to be many people’s viewpoints. I disagree, and happily, so does Ridley. He feels life is getting better, at an accelerating rate. In The Rational Optimist you’ll read about how this is taking place, how he feels our culture is evolving in a positive manner, and why. Ridley is a smart guy; I’m happy to be living into today’s internet-driven world, and The Rational Optimist helps me feel good about it. Harper Perennial, $15.99 @HarperPerennial

 Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple by Chrissy Gower

I’ve come late to the slow cooker party, but the last couple of years have jumped onto the bandwagon, and use this handy kitchen tool a couple of times weekly, at least. My slow cooker is one of my most important devices in the kitchen. Gower’s book answers the basic question so many people ask me about how to get ahead with prepared food. In Paleo Slow Cookingshe provides a wealth of clear direction for using vegetables, good cuts of meat and healthy fat for simple, not-boring meals. She’s a real deal; a personal trainer at the legendary NorCal Strength and Conditioning, and a friend of Robb Wolf, writer of the foreword. Good stuff. $29.95, Victory Belt Publishing @VictoryBeltInc

Homegrown Harvest: A Season-by-Season Guide to a Sustainable Kitchen Garden by Rita Pelczar and the staff of the American Horticultural Society 

Seed catalogs are beginning to arrive in the mail, even as frigid Arctic air settle upon the Midwest this winter. What better time to sit in front of the fireplace and dream about garden harvests next year? Pelczar provides fodder for the imagination, and tools for the job, with Homegrown Harvest. I love her “what to do now” and “general advice” pages in each area. This is one of my new manuals, a book to refer to continually. Broken down seasonally, replete with beautiful photographs, I’m looking forward to spring with an improved knowledge base. $19.99 Mitchell Beazley @AHS_Gardening

 Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling by Billy Robinson with Jake Shannon

At 74 years of age Robinson’s memoirs reveal an entire world of fighting and wrestling likely unknown to most American MMA and ‘rassling fans. These were damn tough athletes, competing around the world, breaking bones and spilling blood, in pursuit of a sport they loved. Physical Chess is a good read; the title is even better! I love it. $19.95 ECW Press @ecwpress

Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers by Charlie Louvin 

Winner of my “best wild book cover of the year” award,Satan Is Real chronicles the wild lives and career of this little-known duo of brothers. The Louvin Brothers were contemporaries of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and the great southern musicians of the 1940s and ‘50s. They were God-fearing men, one of whom walked the line, the other of whom never did. The contradictions lived by southern musicians raised in strict church-going societies, then embracing the wild life of musicians, are well known, and in many cases (Jerry Lee Lewis, for example), caught on tape. The Louvin Brothers are legendary in the American music world; they came from the late 40s/early ‘50s gospel world, collided hard with early rock’n’roll, lived their lives on the edge (Ira Louvin was an early outlaw in the country-western world).  Satan Is Real is unlike any other history or autobiography of the music business you’re likely to read soon. Compelling; and that lurid cover!. $22.99, It Books/Igniter Books

Black List by Brad Thor

Big brother is watching. People have said this for years, long before the internet existed, but now it could be (and probably is) taking place. (Can you tell I wrote this a while back? Of course it's happening today, and we know it). Black List is a relentless, exciting thriller taking ex-Navy SEAL, now a counterterrorism agent, Scot Harvath into harm’s way. In this case, his own government is hunting him. The sub-plot concerns total surveillance - read Black List and just keep telling yourself it’s fiction! A great thought-provoking read. $27.95, Emily Bestler Books @EmilyBestler #BradThor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday
Sep052014

Racing Weight Cookbook by Matt Fitzgerald and Georgie Fear

Competitive cyclists have body-composition issues differing slightly from CrossFit athletes. Cyclists work hard never to gain lean tissue on their upper bodies, yet they wish to be as strong as possible. CrossFit and weightlifting folks wish for efficient ratios of strength-to-bodyweight (and enjoy having muscular upper bodies - admit it!).

As a guy who enjoyed racing bicycles for most of a decade, dramatically cutting back on weight-lifting in an attempt to lose bodyweight (I went from 225# to 185# in a year or two - struggling with the entire process emotionally), I understand the need for being as strong as possible while at the same time getting lean. 

Few athletes perform better if they’re fat. Powerlifters and football linemen can make a case, sometimes, but that’s not most of us. And it’s certainly not who Racing Weight Cookbook is aimed at. I’m coming at this book from a fitness athlete perspective, rather than just that of a triathlete or cyclist.

I believe CrossFitters, gym rats of all types, Tough Mudders and Spartan Race competitors can learn and benefit from this superb book. Fitzgerald stakes out territory providing athletes how-to’s for preparing the best foods to get leaner and faster. Simply put, it’s about performance.

Leaner athletes waste less energy, burn less oxygen, dissipate heat faster, and even gain fitness more readily. This applies as much to CrossFit as it does any other sport.

Sure, the recipes in Racing Weight Cookbook aren’t necessarily Paleo, but CrossFitters, don’t get bent out of shape. Most of your elite level heroes aren’t Paleo, either! I’m stoked about some of the recipes in here and will be giving them a try. I love Fitzgerald’s voice, his attitude and superior knowledge base. This guy has done the work, in all respects.

VeloPress

@velopress, @mattfitwriter

 

Tuesday
Sep022014

The Carnivore’s Manifesto by Patrick Martins

Open Martins’ refreshing The Carnivore’s Manifesto randomly, and you will find gems such as this: “Just because you are ‘vegetarian’ and have some wind flutes on the stereo does not legitimize poorly cooked soba noodles with goopy tahini and a Styrofoam salad.” Yes! Strong opinions with no undercurrent of fear behind them. And just so vegetarians don’t unite and send me hateful Tweets, author Martins was speaking of misguided vegetarianism, not throwing bricks at all vegetarians. As an example of the prose darts he throws, it’s apt.

This book is important for all of us who care about artisanal skills and sustainability in relationship to our food supply, restaurant options and nutritional lifestyle. Damn, I know that’s a mouthful of words that may sound pretentious. If you truly care about what you put into your body, if the life and health of the animals you consume is of more than passing interest, if your awareness of the world around you includes an interest in the planet’s health - read The Carnivore’s Manifesto.

On the other hand, if enjoying life is part of your makeup, if a glass of wine and the company of friends makes or breaks of meal, if you understand that the quality of your food is more important than how it’s prepared, or how fancy your kitchen equipment is - Carnivore’s Manifesto is aimed at you as well.

Martins has a strong, unafraid voice. The essays comprising this book are  passionate. Everyone needs to pay close attention to where their food comes from, everybody should support their local food vendors. Carnivore’s Manifesto is so much more than meat-eaters saying their way is the only path. To me, this is Patrick Martins assuming the next step in his role as an important food writer, at a critical time. For those of us who  care about our food, where it came from, how it arrived to our hands - The Carnivore’s Manifesto is indeed a call to action. Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, and Eating Meat - Indeed!

@LittleBrown, @HeritageFoodUSA