I had to sleep on it. “Red meat,” I said next morning, “lamb and pork.” It was interesting to note that my answer aligned with a dietary change we had undertaken a year ago. At the time, we resolved to eat less meat and more beans and lentils to help manage my cholesterol levels and to support my program as a long distance runner. This recent decision similar, but with a specific turn: to eat noticeably less red meat – specifically lamb and beef – and less dairy, and to rely on pulses, poultry and pork for protein.
We eat meatless meals – most breakfasts, many lunches, several dinners – weekly. We avoid local foods grown in winter greenhouses requiring tons of fossil fuel. Sustainably grown foods, organically grown when possible (and affordable), are our first choice: manure and compost store carbon in the soil, while synthetic fertilizers in the soil produce nitrous oxide – worse by 300 times than carbon dioxide for trapping heat in the atmosphere.
“Bread & Water is an emotionally arresting, beautifully written series of essays.”
~ Jurors’ Citation, Saskatchewan Book Awards, University of Saskatchewan President’s Office Nonfiction Award
“Food is a wonderful agent for storytelling... and Bread & Water demonstrates this brilliantly.”
~ Sarah Ramsey, starred review, Quill & Quire
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~ Patricia D. Robertson, Winnipeg Free Press
“[Bread & Water is a] sensuous experience; she brings her poet’s eye and ear to everything within her purview.”
~ Professor emerita Kathleen Wall, Blue Duets
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~ Megan Clark, Alberta Views
“These finely focussed poems [in Wildness Rushing In] invite us into a sensuous and emotionally rich landscape.”
~ Don McKay, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize
“The writing [in Wildness Rushing In] is honed and textured, the senses so alive that you can practically taste the language. There are moments of brilliance rare in a first book.”
~ Jurors’ Citation, Saskatchewan Book Awards
“dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s stories [in What Can’t Be Undone] are written with a poetic edge. Her descriptions, particularly western landscapes, are often luxurious, lending themselves a kind of nuanced impression, a delicate fingerprint on the reader’s mind. "
~ Lee Kvern, Alberta Views
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~ P.D. Robertson, The Globe & Mail