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Commuting and foraging

October 1st, 2009 by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

Before we published RJ Ruppenthal's Fresh Food from Small Spaces, I wasn't much into mushrooms. I love a portabella burger and mushrooms on pizza, but hadn't given that kingdom of living things much more thought than that. A couple of years ago I found some morels growing in my yard, and that was a nudge [...]

The real death panels - letter to the editor

September 8th, 2009 by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

I had a letter to the editor published in the local paper, the Valley News, this past Saturday. They don't run letters (or much else, grrrrr) on their website, so I'll share here. This is how I submitted it, with the addition of one previously missing comma. They did some very minor editing for the [...]

Annals of hypocrisy (my own)

August 10th, 2009 by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

Saturday night I had a discussion with my wife about my fears for the post-peak oil world. While in the car on the way to the drive-in movie theater.
Update: Lots of people have been confused by this blog post, thinking that the full text was not displaying. Nope. The two sentences above are it. There's [...]

Meat: carbon emissions, carbon sequestration, ethics, economics.

July 30th, 2009 by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

Ezra Klein's column yesterday, partially cross-posted on his blog (wherein lie the comments), is on the issue of meat: that the production of meat is a very large contributor to global warming and that people should therefore consider reducing their consumption of meat and but that people take their meat eating to be such a [...]

Frugal lunchtimes: potatoes, regular and sweet (with recipe!)

July 20th, 2009 by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

Back in the day, I worked for several years at Olsson's Books and Records (R.I.P.) at various locations in and around Washington, DC. While there, I garned the nickname "Spud." This was before Trainspotting came out, so I didn't get it from the similarly nicknamed character in that book/movie. No, I earned my nickname the [...]

An exchange on healthcare reform — is Chelsea Green dumping sustainability in favor of Democratic party hackery?

July 20th, 2009 by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

A reader of the Chelsea Green blog was apparently irked by our recent postings on the healthcare reform debate, and wrote to us through our comment web form:
From: R Scott G. [edited to protect privacy]
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:08:45 -0400
Subject: CGP FORM: Chelsea Green involving itself in the Healthcare Debate
I must say that you [...]

Bernie makes me smile. (video)

July 14th, 2009 by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

He's tilting at windmills these days, but that don't mean things can't change. Hat tip to Ezra Klein (who's got the video).

Fungus in the library

July 9th, 2009 by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

RJ Ruppenthal's Fresh Food from Small Spaces inspired me to consider growing mushrooms, which I'd never thought of previously. His chapter on mushrooms includes one of my favorite moments in his book: Recognizing that some spouses/partners/housemates might not take kindly to having sawdust cooking in the kitchen (sawdust is a common substrate used to grow [...]

I (heart) pressure cookers. (With recipe.)

June 19th, 2009 by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

Like levels of atmospheric carbon, my love for my pressure cooker is constantly increasing. My latest favorite discovery is's expansive list of pressure cooking times. What I like in particular is the fact that in the beans section, the list tells you how long it takes to cook beans that were not presoaked. That's [...]

The American Economy Is Getting Back to Normal, and That's No Green Shoot

June 11th, 2009 by Jonathan Teller-Elsberg

Les Leopold, author of The Looting of America, has been blogging over at Huffington Post. I edited his book and he and I have a good relationship, and we've been keeping in touch a lot hashing out ideas (and punctuation) as he continues researching and explaining the economic situation. Inspired by Les, I've been musing [...]