On Sale April 7. Preorder Today!
Eat Local for Less
The Ultimate Guide to Opting Out of Our Broken Industrial Food System
Practical advice (with recipes) on how to enjoy fresh, local foods that support family farms and healthy communities. On sale April 7. Preorder and save 25%.
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The Pipeline and the Paradigm
Keystone XL, Tar Sands, and the Battle to Defuse the Carbon Bomb
“Environmental activist Avery travels the route of TransCanada’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline, engaging in frank and respectful dialogue with proponents and opponents. His finely researched book blazes with hope.” —Publishers Weekly
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Among the Ancients
Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests
A natural-history primer, an adventure story, and an impassioned plea to preserve and support our remaining old-growth forests. “This guide will change the way you look at America.”
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A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird
Reed Writing Award Finalist. Cerulean Blues describes the plight of the cerulean warbler, a tiny migratory songbird, and its struggle to survive in ever-shrinking bands of suitable habitat. "A pleasure to read"—David Gessner
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Biography of a Survivor
Horseshoe crabs have ten eyes, five pairs of walking legs, a heart half the length of their bodies, and have been on this planet for 445 million years. "Fascinating, relevant, revealing, and endlessly enjoyable."—Richard Ellis
News from Ruka Press
Our new book, Eat Local for Less, just got a great review in Booklist, the library trade magazine published by the American Library Association. Here’s the text of the review:
When sidebars—those parenthetical bytes of information—are just as interesting as the main narrative (and sometimes more), it’s almost a guarantee that the content of the whole book will prove mesmerizing. So it is with Castillo’s first full-fledged, non-coauthored book: She’s embraced a topic of much debate, parsed and streamlined it to make sense to the average Jane Q. Consumer. The subject? Food that tastes and smells like it’s straight from the farm: fresh and in-season,without the processed ingredients endemic to many supermarket and restaurant foods today. Truly, the whole world of food is her province; she defines common terms bandied about, whether biodiversity or GMO, and explains not only the history of our eating patterns but also the how-to’s of choosing a farmer as well as the lifespan of local veggies. Her tone is moderate; her attitude, one of rational fact-finding. How could anyone refute such headlines as “Top ten ways to maintain control over what you eat” and “Five drop-dead cheap whole foods”? Simple recipes—one at the end of each chapter, such as the one for 100-clove garlic soup and another for fryingpan chili—convince any nonchef to start firing up the burners. A novel approach to a sensitive topic. —Booklist
The book is officially on sale April 7, but we are shipping orders now. And remember, you can order it from us at 25% off until April 7!
Julie Castillo, author of Eat Local for Less, will be making a number of appearances around the greater D.C. area to talk about local food and sign books. Some of these are classes that may require a small fee. Keep an eye on this post; we’ll be updating it as more events are added.
- Thursdays, April 7–April 28, 1:30-3:30: Class: Eat Local for Less, Montgomery College, Gaithersburg MD
- Sunday, April 12, 4:00: Talk and signing: The Curious Iguana Bookstore, Frederick MD
- Sunday, April 26, 10:00–5:00: Vendor’s table: Kensington Day of the Book Festival, Kensington MD
- Mondays, May 4–Tuesday, May 26, 3:00-5:00: Class: Eat Local for Less, Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown MD
- Tuesdays, May 5–May 26, 10:00-12:00: Class: Eat Local for Less, Institute for Learning in Retirement, Frederick MD
- Fridays, May 8–May 15, 2:00-4:30: Class: Eat Local for Less, Carroll Community College, Westminster MD
- Sunday, May 10: Samples and signing: Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market, Washington, DC
- Saturday, May 16, 10:00–6:00: Vendor’s table: Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg MD
- Saturday, May 30, 2:00: Talk and signing: Winchester Book Gallery, Winchester VA
- Saturday, June 6, 2:00: Talk and signing: Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
- Tuesday, June 16: Class: Montgomery College, Gaithersburg Business and Training Center, Adults Seeking Knowledge program (fee)
Our newest book, Eat Local for Less: The Ultimate Guide to Opting Out of Our Broken Industrial Food System, is getting ready to make it’s way from the printer to the distributor to bookstores around the country. Between now and its official release on April 7, you can preorder the paperback version directly from our website and save 25% off the cover price. We’ll send you the book as soon as it’s ready, which will no doubt be a week or two before the release date. What’s holding you back? To learn more about the book and order, go here. To read a sample chapter, go here.
We are happy to announce that the final details have been set for the release of our new Ruka Press book, Eat Local for Less. The book will officially go on sale April 7, 2015, just in time for the start of farmers market season. We will begin to accept preorders about six weeks before that. Printed and electronic reviewer galleys are available now from Ruka Press. Please send an email to Ruka Press if you are a book reviewer who would like to receive one. Sign on to our newsletter (up there at the top of the page) to make sure you’re notified about sales and promotions.
Thanks to everyone who voted and commented last month on the cover for our forthcoming book, Eat Local for Less (if you missed it, you can see the choices and comments here). While each cover had its partisans, there was a clear preference for the first option, and the second option (featuring a young woman taken from a World War II-era Victory Garden poster) had significantly more negative reactions. So, we’re going with option one.
There was also some feedback about the readability of the subtitle and other details, and we‘ve also taken that into account and tweaked the design accordingly (and reserve the right to tweak it more in the future). You can see the final cover design here.
And congratulations to commenter Barbara Davidson, who won a free copy of the book (when it eventually comes out) in our random drawing!
We’re going back into our caves now to keep working on the book and get it ready for publication. Watch this space for announcements on when it will be available for preorder. And if you can’t wait, you can shop our current nature and environmental library right now!