Thinking: New and Noteworthy

By Susan Cosier

Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally
by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon
(Crown Publishing Group, $24)

If you eat like most people, your dinner tonight will travel an average of 1,500 miles before it reaches your plate. To reconnect with the people and places that produced their meals, Smith and MacKinnon spent a year eating only foods from within a 100-mile radius of their home. (P.S., we love the title!) A Leaky Tent is a Piece of Paradise
Edited by Bonnie Tsui
(University of California Press, $19.95)

Learning to pitch a tent is a pretty typical camp lesson, but not when the class is taught by a drag queen. That essay, and 19 others by journalists under 30, showcase the talents of a new generation of nature writers.

Guerilla Gardening: A Manifesto
By David Tracey
(New Society Publishers, $19.95)

Under the cover of darkness, activists sneak into vacant lots in urban landscapes across the country with one purpose—to turn them into gardens. Tracey describes the mission of these rebellious groups, and includes tips on how to get involved.

The Most Important Fish in the Sea
By H. Bruce Franklin
(Island Press, $25)

The fish Menhaden, used in everything from fertilizer to soap, is a vital part of many marine ecosystems—and it’s in grave danger of being fished out of existence. Franklin shows how anglers and environmentalists can work together to preserve this crucial species.

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