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Urban_Pantry_Cover-283pxA good 'green' book is the perfect gift for the woman who taught you to love reading! Whether your mom just started her Eco-efforts or has been green since before green was more than a colour. Here are a list of books, some give you the opportunity to share the benefits of sustainable living with the dearest person on earth. Or perhaps your mother taught you all there is to know on living sustainably, and you are looking for a good read for mom under her favourite tree. Check out the list and we hope you find the right book for your mom!


Urban Pantry will be a welcome addition to any mother's kitchen ...

Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen

In Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen, Amy Pennington starts with the basics: what you actually need in your tiny pantry and how to organize the little space you've got. Once the kitchen is in order you'll be surprised at how many dishes you'll be able to whip up with little effort and money. Pennington also helps you tiptoe into some more difficult areas of cooking, like making your own pasta and canning. It has gorgeous photos from the fabulous Della Chen, and focuses on stocking and cooking from your pantry while being smart, economical and organized.It is an excellent resource for anyone wanting to cook more creatively and more healthfully from home without breaking the bank. Urban Pantry has received praise from Gwenyth Paltrow, Womans Day Magazine, Huffington Post and others. listed Urban Pantry as one of the Top 10 Cookbooks of 2010.

Celebrate Green by mother and daughter team, Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. Practical, fun, inexpensive ways to introduce Eco-friendly ideas into your mothers' holidays and celebrations. Celebrate Green! offers tips, strategies and ideas for creating celebrations with more meaning and less negative impact on people and the Earth. Whether planning a wedding, a Thanksgiving feast, an Easter egg hunt or any of dozens of other celebrations, this book is a font of creative, engaging activities and memory-builders for the entire family. From food, to decor, to gifts for people in every stage of life, you'll be astonished by the easy, inexpensive and even free ways to make every occasion Eco-friendly and fun.
Make Your Place: Affordable & Sustainable Nesting Skills

Urban_Pantry_Cover-1Raleigh Briggs collects her zines, illustrations, and thoughts around what it is that makes a great DIY household - homemade cleaning solvents that aren't made from poison, herbs that will heal, and how to setup a great garden. These tips and tricks fill in the gaps for those of us longing to live this lifestyle but lacking the necessary know-how.

The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series)

"A delightfully readable and very useful guide to front- and back-yard vegetable gardening, food foraging, food preserving, chicken keeping, and other useful skills for anyone interested in taking a more active role in growing and preparing the food they eat."—
"...the contemporary bible on the subject." - The New York Times

Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this copiously illustrated, two-color instruction book proposes a paradigm shift that will improve our lives, our community, and our planet. By growing our own food and harnessing natural energy, we are planting seeds for the future of our cities.

Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life
Discovering the pleasures of a handmade life was a longtime dream for urban homesteader Jenna Woginrich. At 24 years old, living in an apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee, and working as a computer designer, Woginrich was nurturing her dream of learning to homestead. Now, at 27, she’s settled on a rented farm in rural Vermont, where she cares for two working sled dogs, chickens, a flock of sheep, honeybees, a couple of geese, fluffy Angora rabbits, and a backyard garden that provides much of her own food. Part memoir and part how-to manual, Made from Scratch recounts Woginrich’s growing independence and the successes and missteps she experiences as she learns to more fully live off the land. By turns upbeat, dramatic, and sometimes sorrowful, her story embodies the experience of the new homesteader one who is committed to reducing dependence on commercially produced goods while still working a day job to pay the rent. Woven into the narrative, readers will find easy-to-follow instructions for making clothing, playing a musical instrument, preserving fruit, brewing the best pot of coffee imaginable, and much more.

I Love You Mum By Susan Akass

The perfect Mother's Day gift, this book gives an example of those wonderful things mother's do, from simple things such as making lunch or finding socks, to celebrating special holidays together and reading a story at bedtime.

Eat, Spray, Love by Joan Sauers

Eat, Spray, Love is a book for people who loved Eat, Pray, Love, but who will be amused by its subtle subversion at the hands of a rather plain but proud house cat who believes in keeping her carbon paw-print small and staying at home rather than traipsing around the globe looking for love in all the wrong places. It will also be for all cat loving mothers' who will recognise in Blossom their own spoiled moggies.

Debunking Women's History by Ed Rayner

History is not something that counts to men's credit alone, though they have often claimed it as their exclusive achievement. This book deals with the part that women have played in history, and acknowledges their role, although at the time they may have received little acknowledgment for it.

For women of all stations and in all walks of life have made their contribution to human history, whether they have been queens or rulers, scientists or doctors, entertainers or artists, radicals or conservatives, or simply wives and mothers.

Dressmaker of Khair Khana by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

When the Taliban took control of Kabul, Kamila Sidiqi and all the women of Kabul saw their lives transformed. Overnight, they were banned from schools and offices and even forbidden from leaving their front doors on their own. The economy collapsed and young men left the city in search of work and security. Desperate to help her family and support her five brothers and sisters at home, Kamila began sewing clothes in her living room. Little did she know that the tailoring business she started to help her siblings would be the beginning of a dressmaking business that would create jobs and hope for one hundred neighbourhood women and would come to mean the difference between starvation and survival for hundreds of families like her own.


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