What if there was a year-round method of cooking that was low cost, powered by sunlight, non-polluting, and easy to do even in college dorms, apartment balconies and off-the-grid locations? There is: solar cooking. At the dawn of the 21st century, the need for sustainable cooking solutions is great, including fossil fuel-caused climate change, the end of cheap oil, and deforestation due to firewood collection. Whether you spend a couple of hours building a simple solar cooker out of cardboard and foil, or buy a sturdy commercial model, it is possible to do everything from simmering to blanching, poaching, steaming, sautéing, braising, baking, roasting, toasting, pan frying, grilling, food canning, medical sterilization, and even making ice (at night!). The Sunny Side of Cooking is a practical, easy-to-follow guide for both beginning and experienced solar cooks. Includes: --How to choose the right solar cooker for you based on your climate and lifestyle needs More than 100 vegetarian solar recipes and tips --How to adapt slow cooker recipes to a solar cooker How to adapt your favorite recipes to a solar cooker --How to safely can foods using USDA canning guidelines --How to create a year-round sustainable cooking system that combines the use of solar cookers, fireless cookers, pressure cookers, and biomass-fueled stoves and earth ovens “Beautifully detailed and informative. I highly recommend it both for beginners and experienced solar cooks who may pick up some useful variations and additional uses. Her recipes make one’s mouth water just reading them!” — Solar cooking pioneer Barbara Prosser Kerr, Co-inventor of the EcoCookerTM solar box cooker,Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center, Taylor, Arizona Copyright (c) 2007 128 pages. 8 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Color cover, black and white illustrations.
Author: Stephen Morris
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Release Date: 2007-09-01
The village green is the focal point of any community, a gathering place where the best ideas take root and the brightest voices are heard. The New Village Green gathers some of the best ideas and brightest voices of the green community, some famous and familiar, others fresh and unknown. Each tells an absorbing story, and collectively they comprise a powerful chorus that profiles the current state of the environment. This remarkable book gathers wisdom and insight from a compelling and thought-provoking virtual community. Each contributor brings a unique perspective that mingles reverence for the environment with provocative thoughts for the future. Topics range from spirituality to solar panels and, just like a real village green, are juxtaposed with opinions from “the new village people,” including: Writers Bill McKibben and Michael Pollan Scientists James Lovelock and Donella Meadows Spiritual leaders Gandhi and Buddha And practical, homespun topics are given equal time: Good reasons to embrace alternative currencies Tips for growing great garlic Meant to be devoured in one sitting or sipped a little at a time, this book springboards the green movement into the future by acknowledging its roots in the past. Rachel Carson, Paul Ehrlich, and Helen and Scott Nearing are as relevant today as the Slow Food Movement and Peak Oil. This book will touch the heart of anyone who lives with conscience and hope. Stephen Morris is editor and publisher of Green Living Magazine and co-founder of The Public Press.
Author: Peter Bane
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Release Date: 2012-06-26
A step-by-step guide to creating resilient and prosperous households introduces permaculture as a practical way to live well with less money, convert waste into wealth, and reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Author: Al Fritsch
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Release Date: 2007-05-11
Healing Appalachia is a practical guide for environmentally conscious residents of Appalachia and beyond. It is also the first book to apply “appropriate technology,” or the most basic technology that can effectively achieve the desired result, to this specific region. Authors Al Fritsch and Paul Gallimore have performed over 200 environmental resource assessments in thirty-three states. They bring this knowledge to bear as they examine thirty low-cost, people-friendly, and environmentally benign appropriate technologies that can be put to work today in Appalachia. They discuss such issues as renewable energy and energy conservation, food preservation and gardening, forest management, land use, transportation, water conservation, proper waste disposal, and wildlife protection. They pay close attention to the practicality of each technique according to affordability, ease of use, and ecological soundness. Their subjects range from solar home heating to greenhouses, from aquaculture to compost toilets, from organic gardening to wildlife restoration and enhancement, and from solar cars to microhydropower facilities. Their discussions of each topic benefit from the knowledge gained from thirty years of practical experience at environmental demonstration centers and public interest and educational organizations. Each section of the book includes details on construction and maintenance, as well as resources for locating further information, making this an essential volume for everyone who cares about the future of Appalachia.
Dans l'histoire des techniques et des sciences, l'humanité a créé des techniques écologiques pour éveiller les corps et en définir de nouvelles utilisations. Grâce à l'énergie solaire, le bronzage est devenu une économie durable de la santé, tandis que le retour à la terre aura trouvé un mode équitable des relations entre les hommes et les espèces. Plonger dans les éléments, c'est aussi l'occasion d'écologiser notre corps vivant et d'éveiller des informations inédites ou perdues dans la mémoire inconsciente.
Author: Alexis De Vos
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2008-03-28
Genre: Technology & Engineering
The physical framework used to describe the various conversions is endoreversible thermodynamics, a subset of irreversible thermodynamics. Thermodynamics of Solar Energy Conversion provides an excellent generalized introduction into principles of solar energy conversion for everybody knowing some basics of university mathematics. Described are situations which are not in equilibrium and in which entropy is continuously created, but which are nevertheless stationary. In dealing with endoreversible thermodynamics, the given information in this book enables the reader to calculate the explicit values for a broad class of processes. It is demonstrated that solar energy conversion is a process particularly suited to being described in this way. "De Vos is a wonderful storyteller" —Prof. Dr. B. Andresen