Anarchist Horticulture

Had this book been written in a less academic tone, I think the Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, could have been the next Guns, Germs, and Steel. The thesis is fascinating enough that had it been enhanced by more stories, it could have been the sort of book to suffuse cultured conversations at dinner parties.

Taoist Butchery

From Chuang-Tzu:

Prince Huei's cook was cutting up a bullock. Every blow of his hand, every heave of his shoulders, every tread of his foot, every thrust of his knee, every whshh of rent flesh, every chhk of the chopper, was in perfect rhythm, --like the dance of the Mulberry Grove, like the harmonious chords of Ching Shou.

"Well done!" cried the Prince. "Yours is skill indeed!"

What were they *really* making with those starches?

I hate to beat a dead horse with this "paleo bread" news blather, but I don't know why this didn't occur to me before. So these archaeologists think that people laboriously dug up these roots and ground them up. And they assume they made bread for them, bread that they admit was "not very tasty." Hmm, maybe these researchers aren't exactly the life of the party, but I can't imagine people doing all these work for shitty pita bread.

Badass winter shoe ideas

Someone asked Barefoot Ted last week "what should we wear on our feet in the winter?" He said "nothing, move to California!"


I've been on the lookout for winter boots that don't ruin my barefoot conditioning for agggges. Native footwear is a great place to start. Moccasins are a pretty obvious choice and I discussed them a bit in my last post on the subject.

Lucy in the Sky with Steak

We aren't the only great apes that prize a good steak. It's well-known that chimpanzees and bonobos hunt other animals and consider flesh a great prize. The evidence is that if they were better hunters they would probably eat more meat. At what point in our evolution did meat go from a rare treat to a preocupation?

Not an issue of paleo or not-paleo

I had a great time at Jackson Lander's deer hunting workshop, but I will write a post on it later since I'm still...ruminating...haha! But John Durant already beat me to it and has some great picture, so you should check them out.

Delicious Nutritious CYCADS!!!!@@1111

Really easy to find at your local garden shop or next to your sofa!

Scots Wha Hae

 A while back I read an article mentioning a book called Prehistoric Cookery. It had some interesting ideas, so I bought the book.

Creepy Jar Society


Image from MARTHA STEWART, she is badass

My fridge is full of jars of creepy goo. At least my roommates thing that. But the truth is that those jars hold liquid gold! I love jars, as they are easy to clean fat off of and don't leech plastic byproducts. But I love what's in those jars more: