Nov. 23 was “Black Friday” the busiest shopping day of the year. People were in line outside Walmart, Target, Kmart, Sears and a host of other stores before late Thanksgiving night hoping to get that (name of the latest toy craze goes here).
I’m offering a more relaxed holiday shopping idea, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus, the Solstice or no holiday all: books
For car-free living, the best book I’ve found is How to Live Well Without a Car by Chris Balish. Balish lays out the pros and cons of being car free. He also makes the case that your personal bottom line will improve when you don’t have a car. If you can get to work without a car, you probably don’t need one.
For running, two books: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall and Eat and Run by Scott Jurek. McDougall’s book makes the case that humans are born to run. With our Achilles tendons and necks, running is our ideal mode of locomotion. McDougall also introduces readers to the world of ultramarathoning. One of the ultramarathoners featured in the books is Scott Jurek. In his book, Jurek shows his readers how a plant-based diet will make you a better runner.
Speaking of ultra-athletes, Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra is a peak into the world of ultratriathloning. Roll discovered after he adopted a vegan diet that he was a stronger athlete with quicker recovery times than before eating a vegan diet.
For cooking, one cookbook that I think is a must-have is Simply in Season by Mary Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert. Though their book is not a vegetarian or vegan book, plenty of recipes are vegetarian or vegan and can be easily adapted. The book suggests that humans give up trying to get fresh produce out of season and that we buy our food locally as much as possible, thus shrinking your carbon footprint. That is something I can be on board with.
It’s getting late (after 2 a.m. here), so I’m going to post this and revisit the topic later.
Enjoy and good reading. Oh, and let me know what books you like.