Living on the Earth Chosen as One of the 101 Most Influential American Cookbooks of the 20th Century

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On October 24th and 25th, 2012, Rizzoli Publishers (Random House, New York) unveiled 101 Classic Cookbooks – 501 Classic Recipes, a collection edited by Marvin J. Taylor, Director of the Fales Library and Special Collections at New York University, home to over 55,000 volumes about food, and Clark Wolf, a New York-based food and restaurant consultant.

Their panel of culinary experts, including food writer and academic Michael Pollan, Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold, New York Times food critic Florence Fabricant, and chef, food writer, and PBS producer Ruth Reichl,  chose what they consider the most influential American cookbook for each year of the 20th century, and, from those, the quintessential recipes of each book.

From Living on the Earth, they chose four recipes: Dandelion Wine, Sunflower Milk (actually, How To Make Baby Food), Yogurt, and How to Smoke Fish. In addition, six of the original illustrated and hand-lettered page layouts, plus the cover of the Random House second edition are displayed on pages 136 and 137.

Other authors included in the book include Julia Child, Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, Alice Waters, Martha Stewart, Fanny Farmer, Madhur Jaffrey, Molly Katz, and Laurel Robertson.

Here‘s a video of a panel discussion by some of the major organizers and contributors to the book, on October 25, 2012 at New York University.

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Beyond Living: Fingerpicked Ruminations on the Hereafter and Its Messengers


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Beyond Living: Finger-picked Ruminations on the Hereafter and Its Messengers has come from the pressing plant this week. It’s a collection of charming antique and antique-sounding songs from the USA, UK, Australia, Japan, Hawaii and Denmark that focus on mortality, immortality, and a life that is mindful of spirit.

Along with my open-tuned guitar picking, singing and speaking, youÂ’ll hear musicians from Japan, Hawaii, Australia, and the LA folk and jazz scenes, including Joe Dolce, Moira Smiley, James Kimo West, Ried Kapo Ku, the band Amana, Auntie Nona Beamer, Steve McGee, Ray Armando, Vic Koler, Chris Conner, and Tim Jensen.

On this particular CD, I wrote only two of the eleven cuts, but I wrote new English lyrics from translations of two songs by Donto, a legendary Japanese new wave rock star turned spiritual singer/songwriter, and one 19th century hymn in Danish.

I also commissioned a long overdue Hawaiian translation of Dontos famous hula, Nami, by Auntie Nona Beamer’s adopted son Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, an instructor of Polynesian languages at University of Hawaii in Hilo, and an opening chant for it in the ancient Hawaiian style by recording artist and kumu hula, Ried Kapo Ku, which opens the CD.

I also had the gall to record a 12-minute guitar solo consisting of 15 different songs.

I had the liner notes and lyrics translated into Japanese so I could take it to Japan on my concert tours there. There are two different covers, but the CD itself is the same in both versions.

I painted the cover in watercolor pencils. My idea is that the Bardo looks like a quasar or a morning glory, which have the same mathematical shape.



In Which I am Interviewed on the Radio by the Author of Spaced Out

Listen here for a wide-ranging 38-minute radio interview with me by Alastair Gordon, author of Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic ‘60s (2008, Rizzoli), in which he featured illustrations from my books Living on the Earth and Being of the Sun, which I co-wrote with Ramon Sender. Alastair Gordon also interviewed Ramon Sender for this radio series, which was part of Art Basel Miami Beach 2008; you can listen to his interview on the same page. You can pick up a copy of Alastair’s wonderful book here.