Annie B. Bond is the best-selling author of 5 books on green living, including True Food which won the 2010 Gourmand Award for Best Health and Nutrition Book in the World. She was also the founding editor of the award winning “The Green Guide.” Her books have been published by National Geographic, Rodale and Crown.
This inviting, encouraging how-to turns the ideals of today’s food revolution into eight practical steps to a healthier, more natural diet. It’s a workable blueprint for enlightening your kitchen in ways that are good for you, your family, your pocketbook—and the environment. Friendly and fun, featuring lighthearted design and lively writing, the book shows how preparing good food with simple, natural ingredients can actually cost less than reaching for commercially produced and processed alternatives. You’ll discover fresh, seasonal recipes and new ways to go shopping, plus practical advice on how to establish priorities among the many rules that sometimes seem to contradict each other. How can I eat fresh fruit in the middle of winter? If favor local produce, do I have to stop eating bananas? Full of quick, innovative solutions (and a few old-fashioned ones, too), True Food is a complete vision of how to select, prepare, serve, store, and enjoy the planet’s bounteous harvest.
The eight steps introduce and implement a short list of powerful ideas, from “Eat Local Food” to “Green Your Kitchen.” Every piece of advice is backed up by solid research and personal experience. Stories of real people who have committed to the lifestyle offer amusing tales of acquiring new habits and inspiring portraits of people who quietly live with a new awareness. Special sidebars called “Budget Benefits” highlight how following these eight simple steps can actually save you money—and at the same time help you nourish better and greener attitudes everywhere.
These days, more and more people are saying no to “better living through chemistry” and yes to a lifestyle that is less toxic and more environmentally friendly. This trend toward a more natural lifestyle has become something of a crusade for Annie Berthold-Bond, author of Better Basics for the Home. After developing hypersensitivity to even very low concentrations of chemicals, Berthold-Bond was forced to rid her life of as many toxins as possible. “It wasn’t until I had to be away from chemicals that I began to realize how many we lived with. The extent of the contamination is startling–from hair spray and floor wax to dandelion killers and plastic shower curtains and other products that line our hardware stores and supermarket shelves.”
This book represents the culmination of her search for a more sustainable lifestyle. Taking her cue from an earlier time, Berthold-Bond, former editor in chief of Green Alternatives for Health and Environment, offers more than 800 simple and practical alternatives to common household toxins, covering everything from skin care to gardening. And the good news is that adopting her suggestions and formulas isn’t hard at all. “Mixing up face creams or wood stain isn’t much different than cleaning the windows with vinegar, soap, and water instead of using Brand Name X, or making a cake with flour, eggs and milk instead of buying a mix,” see asserts. “With a few simple staples we can clean our houses, wash our hair, rid the dog’s bed of fleas, and do many other things as well.” If you have your doubts, here is her formula for metal polish:
3 teaspoons salt, 1 tablespoon flour, and enough white distilled vinegar to make a paste. Scoop the paste onto a clean sponge, and polish the metal clean. Rinse with hot water and buff dry.
Sure, these days it’s literally impossible to lead a life that is completely toxin-free. But you can significantly reduce your exposure, and picking up a copy Better Basics for the Home is a great way to get started.
Home Enlightenment: Create a Nurturing, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Home
“Home Enlightenment has the power to change the way we live and breathe. You will feel healed—and whole—just by reading this book: It’s a beautiful thing. Annie B. Bond, mistress of the green household and expert on chemical poisoning, gives us remedies for the toxins that ail us. She spells out the ingredients for the good life and the illuminating benefits of sun and candlelight, and she identifies the quiet needs of the everyday. Stockpile copies of Home Enlightenment and give them to everyone you care about.” —Amy Goldman, advocate for agricultural biodiversity and author of three books on heirloom vegetables: The Compleat Squash, Melons for the Passionate Grower, and The Heirloom Tomato
“Change is all about knowing what to change. We as a culture have much to change, and it’s always a question how we should make those changes. In a style ‘only Annie,’ Annie opens the door to your home, reveals the invisible, and helps you weave necessary change into everyday life. I have followed Annie’s sound advice for years.” —Jeffrey Hollender, president of Seventh Generation, Inc.
“Leave it to Annie B. Bond to create the ultimate healthy-home, living-well guide with all the right ingredients—soothing solutions, sensuality, and a whole lot of good sense.” —Wendy Gordon, founder of the National Geographic Society’s Green Guide
“This book is a healing. …” — Frank Lipman, MD, author of Total Renewal. Sirius Radio, February 18th, 10 a.m. eastern
“Annie B. Bond offers a practical guide to create well-being for our home, our environment, and our planet. Follow her advice and both you and our planet will be healthier.” – Deepak Chopra
“…It’s a must-read for anyone seeking to live a conscious life. My copy will be well dog-eared. … ” – Reverend Betsy Stang, executive director of the Wittenberg Center.
An informative, practical, and inspirational guide, Home Enlightenment examines the environmental impact of the choices we make each day and addresses how common, everyday chemical exposures have a subtle but profound impact on our well-being and quality of life. You’ll learn how to detoxify your home one product at a time, choose environmentally friendly furnishings over products that off-gas, and establish day-to-day practices that bring healing and natural spirituality to your body and soul. Once you start to develop a natural and nontoxic lifestyle, you can transform your home into a sanctuary of health, comfort, and rejuvenation.
For those concerned about the environment, and the growing population with chemical sensitivities, Annie Berthold-Bond has the solution – actually 500 of them – in her book Clean & Green. Using her thoroughly researched and personally tested formulas for easy-to-make, nontoxic and nonpolluting household cleaning aids, it is possible to eliminate the health hazards of standard commercial products. — Ontario’s Common Ground Magazine, Spring 1993
In a remarkably easy-to-use format, Berthold-Bond tells how to clean effectively using simple, natural ingredients such a baking soda, Borax, lemon juice, vegetable oil and vinegar. She makes a convincing argument that cleaning with natural products can be handier, cheaper and just as effective as the alternative. — Home, March 1991
It is a gold mine of ideas for cleaning everything imaginable. — Natural Health, March/April 1994
The result of her years of experimentation is not only an encyclopedia for environmental cleanliness, but also a laundry list of solutions of solutions for everyday puzzlers. — Garbage Magazine, March/April 1991
485 ways to clean, polish, disinfect, deodorize, launder, remove stains, even wash your car, without harming yourself or the environment. Recipes based on harmless, nonpolluting, renewable ingredients. 160 pages, recycled paper/vegetable ink, paperback.
The Green Kitchen Handbook contains basic tips on and simple solutions to: what to look for on packaged food labels, how to recognize which food additives to avoid, and how to buy organic foods as inexpensively and conveniently as supermarket foods. And it offers advice for more ambitious projects including information on canning, creating root cellars, buying kitchen appliances, and joining community gardens. The Green Kitchen Handbook also includes valuable insights on how to buy local foods in season; how to avoid excess fat, sugars, and salt; where to locate the best food sources; preparing and storing foods; and integrating the principles of keeping a green kitchen with your daily routine.
This unique handbook offers economical and environmentally conscious alternatives that make keeping a green kitchen simple, sensible, and delicious.