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Lions Roar : January 2009
SHAMBHALA SUN JANUARY 2009 100 ill and was advised by his doctors not to travel last fall, he was scheduled to visit Berlin in October 2008 for the Mind and Life Institute’s eighteenth weeklong meeting. THE BLUE HERON RANCH COOKBOOK Recipes and Stories from a Zen Retreat Center By Nadia Natali North Atlantic Books, 2008; 222 pp., $21.95 (paper) ONE TASTE: Vegetarian Home Cooking from Around the World By Sharon Louise Crayton Provecho Press, 2008; 206 pp., $29.50 (paper) Though different in style, both of these cookbooks will make you more mindful of your next meal. Nadia Natali and her husband purchased a remote, unserviced 40-acre property near Ojaj, Cali- fornia when the eldest of their children was three-and-a-half. For twenty-eight years since then they have lived close to the land, providing for their family and for the visitors to their small Zen retreat, dubbed the Blue Heron Ranch. Natali’s simple, whole- some, and practical dishes are the result of long hours in the kitchen and can be adapted to serve two or twenty. Recipes are complemented by charming illustrations by one of her daugh- ters and her short reflections on the joys and challenges of living in the Californian wilderness. One Taste author Sharon Crayton is a trained nutritionist and sophisticated chef who traveled the world to collect recipes and know-how. But the search left her empty. “I was completely caught up in my expectations for perfect, specific results,” she says, “a slave to my shoulds, coulds, and woulds.” The Tibetan Buddhist teacher Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche motivated Crayton to transform the way she cooked, which had a deep effect on her life: “Over time I realized that maybe the problem was not the task of cooking itself but the attitude I had toward this universal and essential activ- ity.” Her hybrid cookbook/meditation manual will motivate you to take your meditation from the cushion to the kitchen. SANCTUARY: Global Oases of Innocence By Michael Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison Council Oaks Books, 2008; 338 pp., $60 (cloth) This beautiful coffee table book is a visual and textual homage to the preservation of the natural world and to the individuals, worldwide, who protect it. Husband and wife team Michael Tobi- as and Jane Gray Morrison traveled the world to document twen- ty-four havens for non-human life forms, from the Alertis bear refuge near Utrecht in the Netherlands to Gene Baur’s farm ani- mal sanctuary in Upstate New York; from Howard Buffet’s chee- tah reserve near Johannesburg in South Africa to the Kingdom of Bhutan, where 60 percent of the country is protected as invio- lable primeval forest. Tobias and Morrison suggest that there is a “sanctuary movement” afoot, a spontaneous worldwide happen- ing that will “rectify ongoing anthropogenic (human-induced) assaults on biodiversity; and halt the global epidemic of cruelty to animals.” This book gives us some evidence for hope. ♦ Create your own sacred space for meditation. Zen Home & Gift Since 1994, Chopa has offered uplifting, Zen inspired gifts for you and your home. Please view our ever-changing collection of over 600 items online at www.chopa.com 1.800.961.2555 - Ta tami Mats - Shoji Screens and Doors - Meditation Supplies - Kimono - Home Decor - Zen Gifts