CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1987
Your editorial (Dec. 28), "A Groaning Planet," implies that birth control is the only solution worth consideration by nations still burdened with rapidly growing populations. This may not be true at all. D.J. Hernandez of the U.S. Census Bureau examined the research on demographic changes in 83 countries and concluded that the best studies have found little net effect from family planning programs. Why? One answer is supplied by Frances Moore Lappe of the Institute for Food and Development Policy.
June 5, 1989 |
In 1971, Frances Moore Lappe turned her one-page handout on the causes of world hunger into a book that she figured "would appeal to maybe 500 people around the Bay Area," where she was then a graduate-school dropout. Rooted in the thesis that hunger exists in the world not because of overpopulation or insufficient food production but because of a wasteful fixation on meat production, "Diet for a Small Planet" was an odd mix of ethical, political and economic analysis, autobiographical details and recipes for mung beans, tofu, grains and legumes.
December 22, 1988 |
Choose to Live by Joseph D. Weissman MD (Grove Press: $18.95, 324 pp., illustrated) If you've ever wondered what you can do to fight environmental toxins that cause many of today's deadly diseases, you may want to take a look at Weissman's fight-back program. The changes he proposes include a 10-week program of life-style changes in diet by reducing intake of meat, eggs and dairy products and increasing intake of grains, vegetables and fruit.
March 23, 2008 |
A Perfect Waiter A Novel Alain Claude Sulzer, translated from the German by John Brownjohn Bloomsbury: 224 pp., $19.95 ERNESTE is the perfect waiter. An Alsatian, he left home at 16 to work at a Swiss hotel called the Grand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1992 |
They do things a little differently at Oxnard College. Instead of having a commencement speaker, the two-year community college invites each graduate to spend a minute at the podium thanking anyone he or she wishes. It's been done this way since the first class graduated in 1976, and the college's May 22 ceremony will be no different. As students troop forward to receive their diploma, they thank parents, children, spouses, former teachers and anyone else who has helped them along the way.
January 11, 2009 |
The School of Essential Ingredients A Novel Erica Bauermeister Putnam: 242 pp., $24.95 "Lillian believed in food the way some people do religion." Growing up with a single mother who hides behind obsessive reading, Lillian discovers food as a way to draw her mother out and force her to engage with the world. As an adult, Lillian opens her own restaurant and cooking school.