Green Is The New Red ~ Reading Wednesday

This month, for Book Club, we’re reading Green is the New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege by Will Potter. It is about how environmental and animal rights activists have been now labeled terrorists by the US (and also the Canadian) governments. If you are labeled a terrorist, your First Amendment rights may no longer apply. This is reminiscent of the Red Scare in the US, first from 1919–1921 and then again 1947–1954.

Green is the New Red

Potter fills the book with chilling statistics and facts, interspersed with the story of the Operation Backfire defendants.

The Green is the New Red left me both sad and angry. It’s hard to express how worrying it is that government bodies side with corporations instead of protecting the land, animals and people. THINGS (buildings, bulldozers, trucks etc.) are more important and even expressing that you don’t agree with that can mean being labeled a terrorist and put in jail.

I also watched the documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front. The doc follows Daniel McGowan, one of the Operation Backfire defendants while he is on house arrest. It tells the story of how he came to be a member of an ELF cell and the events that happened that lead to their arrest. After watching it and reading the book, I’ve made the decision to show more support for eco and AR political prisoners and will start writing letters to some of them. I’d also like to send a book or two because it must be so utterly boring in there.

Have you read Green is the New Red? Have you see the doc? Any thoughts you’d like to share?

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I saw someone wearing the With Only a Wink Dress in Peridot at the Queer Slowdance Prom and it just reminds me so much of spring-time! It would be great to wear to a spcial (vegan) Easter dinner with your family.

~Laura

Bunner’s Cookbook ~ Reading Wednesday

On Tuesday evening, I met up with my friend Nicole and her visiting friend from England, Amy, at Get Well Bar. Why were we there on a Tuesday? Because it was the Bunner’s Cookbook release party of course! I didn’t get a picture of the fantastic spread of Bunner’s treat that were laid out, but let me tell you, their brownies (voted best in Toronto) and butter tarts are out of this world!

I’m really glad I got to be there to help them celebrate because I know that this book has been their baby that they’ve been working on for a while. For those not in Toronto, or more specifically, not in the Toronto vegan and/or gluten-free scene, Bunner’s was the first vegan AND gluten-free bakery in Toronto.

Bunner's Cookbook

Doesn’t it look fantastic? All cookbooks need to look this good!

Cake

.Of course, since they were THERE, I had Ashley and Kevin sign my copy for me.

SignedThe pictures in the book are simply gorgeous and make me drool. I’m not sure what I want to make from it first, but I have a long weekend ahead of me which I think would be good to fill with GF vegan baked goodies! Whatever I decide to make, I’ll be sure to post pictures and a review! Go ahead and order your own copy of the Bunner’s cookbook from one of these online stores (if you can’t buy it at your local bookshop that is.)

~Laura

Recipe Testing ~ Weekend in Review

I’ve been so bad with posting lately, but hopefully I’m back into the swing of things. It’s just been so busy at work (which is when I usually do my posts. Yeah.). I’m also helping with some recipe testing for Cupcake and Kale‘s new cook book, Greens 24/7. Fun stuff! This is a short post, mostly because I didn’t have my camera with me most of the weekend. Oh well.

pizzaStarting the weekend off on a high note with Magic Oven pizza, beer and This Is The End. I love Seth Rogan.

recipe testingThe first recipe I tried from my batch of recipes was the Breakfast Burrito. Really yummy! Watch for more pictures (Sorry, can’t give out the recipes! You’ll have to get the book when it comes out!) to come.

DanceSaturday I went with some friends to Queer Slowdance Prom Edition. No pictures of us dressed up, unfortunately. No one else seemed to want a group photo. :( This is the dance card though. Lots of great songs. I had a good time and stayed out WAY too late. I love that my friends gave me WAY too much cab money so I could get home safe. I owe them big time!

~Laura

Shutter ~ Reading Wednesday

Another collection of the comic books I got that came out today.

Shutter #1

ShutterFirst up is Shutter by writer Joe Keatinge and artist Leila del Duca. I love that this variant cover makes it look like a Tintin comic, considering that Tintin was one of the inspirations behind this story of a great explorer named Kate Kristopher. Kate’s adventures are even more fantastic because she lives in a world with aliens, demons and all manner of creatures. The drawing and colours are beautiful in this book and I can’t wait to see where the story goes.
When I got to Silver Snail, I didn’t see Shutter on the new comics rack, and was pretty upset. I was waiting to see if it would get pulled since the employees were refilling the slots, but then the reviewer, Fred, put back Shutter and Lumberjanes. I snatched them up right away! Two weeks in a row that I got lucky. Perhaps I need to start taking 12pm lunches on Wednesdays.

Lumberjanes #1

LumberjanesOk, first up, apologies for the obviously unveganness going on on the cover of Lumberjanes. That aside, this is one awesome comic book! Lumberjanes was put together by a great team of women. Written, drawn, coloured and lettered by women. Even all of the cover variants are done by women. Even the editors are women! It looks fantastic and I love the wit in it. Oh my gosh there’s a Wishbone reference! And the camp director asks for her hot chocolate to be made with soy milk. I have to say, I think Lumberjanes is my new favourite comic book. I can’t wait for the next one.

Captain Marvel #2

Captain Marvel 2Last but not least, I got the next issue of Captain Marvel, which I’ll curl up with when I get home. Since in the comic Captain Marvel is daring the Iron Patriot, I would really like it if she would eventually show up in the movies. Here’s hoping.

(P.S. Anyone else see Captain America: The Winter Soldier and then see this week’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D?! Holy moly! What a jaw dropper!)

~Laura