Thursday, May 03, 2018

Environmental Book Club

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals with illustrations by Ashley Wolff is, as the title suggests, an alphabet book. I don't read a lot of these. I know they're often on a particular subject, but this one is really informational. All the letters connect with items that can go into compost piles.
From "Organic Life"*

Now, I didn't pick up this book just because compost is an environmentalish subject. No, I have a compost pile. I was going to take a picture of it for this post, but I forgot and now it's dark. So I'll just say it's one of these three-bin systems like the one to your right. I'm not an expert or anything. I will confess that in the winter I am often too lazy to go out to the bins with my compost. And I don't know if you're supposed to use compost bins in the winter. What I don't know about compost would fill a book.

But not Compost Stew.

Filled With Surprises

The point I'm getting around to is that though I am not a composting neophyte, there were items in this book I hadn't heard of. I had heard of putting hair clippings in a compost pile, for instance, but not oatmeal. Egg shells, but not lint. So I'm sitting there reading this with a young child going, "What?" "Whoa, there."

Note about the illustrations: They are collage-like and have a recycled look that fits the theme of the book. Very neat.

*How to Build a Three-bin Compost System Because you know you want one.


Mary McKenna Siddals said...

Rot on, Gail! ;-) I'm delighted to discover COMPOST STEW worming its way into your Environmental Book Club, and thank you so much for shining such a generous green spotlight on my book with your enthusiastic review, which I look forward to sharing on its Facebook page... perfectly timed for International Compost Awareness Week (May 6-12)! We're diggin' it...

Gail Gauthier said...

Whoa! International Compost Awareness Week! I will be particularly conscientious with my composting next week.

Great to hear from you.