Five Summer Recipes from Tending the Table — Discover

Seattle-based food blogger Sasha Swerdloff creates plant-based recipes that support sustainable living and personal well-being.

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Before the Fall: A Riveting Mystery by Noah Hawley

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A Great Beach Read!

I wasn’t sure that I’d like Noah Hawley’s “Before the Fall”(Grand Central 2016; $26) because I already knew it involved a plane crash and that didn’t sound too appealing. But this mystery about a rich media titan and his family and friends is so absorbing, I kept turning the pages way after it should have been lights out.

Only two people survive plane crash — Scott Burroughs, a once very promising artist and now a recovering alcoholic barely able to make ends meet, and the mogul’s 4-year-old son. Both end up in the dark Atlantic waters, and Burroughs, who has achieved sobriety by intensive swimming, pops the kid on his back and heads for land — an epic swim against currents and gigantic waves. But that’s the least of his problems.

Once ashore, he’s hailed as a hero until the media titan’s star anchor…

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The limits of wild harvesting

Just cooked a bunch of ramps and really enjoyed reading about them.

An article in the April 20 New York Times food section reveals concerns about over-harvesting ramps in the wild. Some sources recommend harvesting no more than 10% of the bed in a given year. Ramps have been declared a threatened species in some areas. However, officials in New York State say ramps are not being over-harvested in our state. That may well be because the plant is less known and somewhat less sought after in the northern states. That is, despite the ramp-rage in NYC restaurants and farmer’s markets.

It’s common sense not to decimate a wild patch – but just how much can you safely harvest and what other approaches can you take to make sure you are treating your wild plants sustainably? The answers are controversial and unscientific at this point. Consider the following options: Take only the largest bulbs (and therefore oldest plants). Watch for the tiny…

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Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home

When six-year-old Gonker, a much loved family pet decided to do some typical canine spontaneous off-site exploring when navigating the Appalachian Trail with his owner Fielding Marshall, he was expected to shortly return. But after a9781101947012 while, while calling the six-year old Golden Retriever’s name, Marshall began to worry that his dog was lost. To make it even more serious, Gonker suffered from Addison’s—a serious disease that effects dogs and is characterized by a deficient production of glucocorticoids and/or mineralocorticoids. If Gonker doesn’t get the necessary hormone medication needed to control the disease, he will die within 23 days.

The story of the search for Gonker is told by Marshall’s brother-in-law, journalist Pauls Toutonghi is his latest book, Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home (Knopf 2016; $25). It’s a tale of a family’s search to find their dog in time and also of how, after Fielding’s mother, Virginia, sets up a command center, the community and ultimately the country. Indefatigable—she long had mourned the loss of her own dog decades ago, Virginia uses a map and phone book to jumpstart what will become a nationwide network of those wanting to help find and save Gonker. Relentlessly contacting radio stations, park rangers, animal shelters, the police and local retail stores, Gonker’s disappearance and the family’s search gets a write-up in a local newspaper where it is picked up by AP. Before long the nation is offering their help in finding the missing dog.


What: Pauls Toutonghi conversation and book signing

When: Saturday, June 11 at 11:45 am

Where: Printers Row Lit Festival, South Loop Stage, Dearborn Street, Chicago