Archive for July, 2010

Was Last Night the Final Curtain on the Paolo Soleri?

Posted in General, Music on July 30, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

If so, the concert venue certainly went out in a blaze of rockin’ Texan glory. Lyle Lovett and his 15 piece band opened just before sunset and played nearly three hours straight for the amphitheater’s jam-packed audience. Mr. Lovett remained on stage during the entire show!

Even the weather paid respects to Lovett and the Soleri—the forecasted thunderstorms remained at bay for the entire evening and as the concert drew to a close, even the clouds were gone and the stars came out. It had been another beautiful Santa Fe evening to sit outdoors and listen to some incredible music.

One of the highlights of Lovett’s performance, other than his dreamy rendition of my personal favorite, If I had a Boat, was his mention that when he played in Phoenix the night before, Paolo Soleri himself came by during his sound check to talk about the concert likely being the last at the Soleri venue.

The crowd chanted “Save Paolo Soleri!”, and Lovett and his talented band played their hearts out. If this was the final performance in our beloved venue, Mr. Lovett contributed a wonderful swan song.


Eat Local. Eat Healthy.

Posted in General, Literature with tags , , , on July 22, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

There is a plethora of books out there about healthy eating and I am trying to square their advice and guidance with becoming more of a ‘locavore’.   My favorite books on the subject have been Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food and Food Rules, all by Michael Pollan.   I highly recommend all of these books as they are very practical and easy reads.

I also read The Conscious Kitchen, by Alexandra Zissu, which is helpful in making decisions about what’s good for personal health, what’s good for the planet, and what tastes great.  I also read the China Study, by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, who sums it up as: “People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease … People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease. These results could not be ignored.”   This goes against the grain (pun intended) of how many of us were raised with milk and beef as being the be-all and end-all in our diets.

But wait!   There’s more! Edible, by Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian, contains essays about local farmers as well as recipes for locally grown food. Anna Getty’s Easy Green Organic is a broader book in that it defines labels, recycling and compost tips as well as providing many yummy recipes for locally grown food.  Lucid Food, by Louisa Shafia contains eco-kitchen basics and recipes that are convenient, affordable and healthy

If you only have time to read one of these books, I recommend In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.  I think it is the best book on the subject. Among his many rules of thumb, are:

  • If your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it!
  • Avoid food products containing ingredients that are unfamiliar, are unpronounceable, total more than 5, or that include high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Get out of the supermarket whenever possible. Go to a farmer’s market; buy fresh whole foods picked at their peak of their taste and nutritional quality, join in community supported agriculture by subscribing to the farm of your choice.
  • Eat meals. Among 18-50 year old Americans, roughly 20% of all eating now takes place in the car.