FODMAP Free Conch Ceviche

Chopped conch

This dice is a little BIG. I like to do thin slices across the meat and then chop those thin slices. This is close though and you can see what conch looks like.

Alright, well now that I am FODMAP free I have to find new ways to cook, right?

Thank goodness our Farmers’ Market is back up and running. I can get organic veggies and TONS of conch, a great protein, when used well. This time I had a lovely large conch from which I could peel the tough skin in most places. Then you slice VERY thinly and later chop/slice into smaller pieces. This will give you soft conch that is not too rubbery for your ceviche.

Ingredients (as much organic as possible)

  • 1 – 2 cups chopped conch
  • 1/2 – 1 squeezed fresh lime
  • 1/2 cup diced/thinly sliced celery for crunch (a biggie w/o onion)
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn cut from the cob (cook any way you’d like)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Pinch of chili flakes
  • Two drizzles of a tasty tequila (to taste but a little actually gives a lot of flavor)
  • Chopped cilantro

Mix all ingredients well in a bowl and serve alone or with potato chips as a “dip.”

This is soooooooooooooo tasty.

[tags] FODMAP, FODMAP FREE Conch Ceviche, organic, celery [/tags]

 

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What the heck's a "FODMAP"?

FODMAPS

Image courtesy of www.katescarlata.com”

Hello again, dearies!

I do owe you all an apology. Usually bloggers who “drop out” for a period give fair warning to their readers. I, however, suffered from a serious case of denial, insisting to myself that I would still “blog periodically.” Somehow, I didn’t mean for that to become “once a quarter,” but at times life pulls you in many directions.

I will say that there was a reason that I did not blog about food for a while. And that is because I was a bit lost. After five years of struggling with my digestion and subsequent quality of life, I was fed up that I still couldn’t string more than a handful of days together of feeling good. I kind of gave up and decided that I wasn’t destined to have great digestion all the time. Maybe my surgery left me with adhesions. Maybe I just can’t be “fixed.” For whatever reason, I just started “living with” symptoms.

To be clear, I didn’t go back to eating dairy or gluten because the consequences for me were so severe. But no matter how diligent I was in avoiding what I believed to be my “triggers,” I still had many days and nights of pain and discomfort.

But I may have found an answer… (Shhhhh! No wait, share this with freaking everyone!)

FODMAPS

I have done a lot of research on an emerging new diet for IBS sufferers known as the FODMAP diet. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with IBS or simply have symptoms that make you believe you have it, you know that there aren’t a lot of great solutions for it at the moment. But the FODMAP diet shows a LOT of promise.

Here’s the short story on it: We consume too much fructose (and some other things, but mostly fructose) these days. It turns out that when fructose is paired with glucose 50-50 to form sucrose (table sugar), it is much more easily absorbed by our digestive system. The glucose kind of “pulls” the fructose along with it as they are broken down. BUT, when fructose is available in much higher percentages relative to glucose, it causes “malabsorption” in your gut. The result? (I promise to not get too gross.)

The fructose is not absorbed and it causes water to be sucked from into your gut through osmosis. Then the undigested fructose is flushed straight to your colon with that water, where available bacteria eat it up (it’s sugar) and produce gas like methane and carbon dioxide. This causes pain, cramping, bloating, flatulence (sorry) and other waaaaay worse things. Very unpleasant.

It may be occurring to you as I discuss this that we ALL eat WAY more fructose in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup (which is in everything, even BEER now…ADMITTED by Miller-Coors…They say the HFCS gives their beer “body“. Wow.). And I even consumed too much of it in the form of dried fruits, fruit juices, tomato sauces, and the heavy intake of certain fruits and veggies.

So What the Heck is a FODMAP?

Well, it’s not just fructose, unfortunately. There are a whole class of molecules that are groups as “FODMAPS” or “fermentable oligo- di-mono-saccharides and polyols.

Say what now?

*Sigh* I know. You have to have a freaking degree in nutrition, biochemistry, molecular biology, and organic chemistry to AVOID bad foods and FIND good foods these days.

FODMAP pain

Yup, that was me post teeny bit o’ sour cream. NOT WORTH IT!!!

Not that all the FODMAPS are bad, it’s just that they have an additive effect. In fact, people can develop sensitivity/symptoms to FODMAPS at any time in their lives. Though it’s not yet well understood (this is emergent stuff, people), it’s believed that when the body is overloaded with FODMAPS the intestinal flora can change and the gut can become irritated. It builds up over time and people get more and more sensitized until only a tiny bit of FODMAP (for me 1/2 teaspoon of sour cream = AGONY AGONY AGONY for a whole day 2 weeks ago) can trigger a reaction.

In the good ol’ days before fructose was in everything (and this is why VitaminWater gives me KNIFEY pain…it’s all fructose, yay), our systems were probably not overwhelmed by the consumption of fruit juice or onions, or tomato sauce or beans, natural sources of FODMAPS. But since HFCS was incorporated into everything in the late 70s and early 80s, our bodies are SO overwhelmed by the fructose that health sources of FODMAPS like fruits and veggies become problematic. The good news? There is some possibility that people can “heal” or at least manage their symptoms. How?

The FODMAP Diet – Great article on this topic

First – DISCLAIMER – I am NOT a doctor, nutritionist, or gastroenterlogist. EVERYONE says you should see a doctor or at least a nutritionist who has experience with FODMAP diets to help you if you want to explore this. For many people the FODMAP diet will seem incredibly restrictive and they may struggle to get the nutrition they need. I have already been dairy and gluten free for so long that the shift was not so bad. There are a lot of things you CAN eat, you just have to make sure that you DO eat the veggies and get some variety.

BTW – Wanna know what NIH says about all this stuff? Read THIS excellent article. It supports my point regarding fructose consumption and the changes in our food. It also points out that probiotic research has failed to give us a “silver bullet” but there is evidence of some help in some cases. (IMHO they need to do more studies of broad groupings of bacteria instead of so many “single” strain studies. How do those help? We have more than 100 types of bacteria in our guts. They all live together, not alone…but I digress.)

Ok, now on to the good stuff. I READ and READ and READ. I found out why my symptoms were kinda different from gluten sensitivity. I found out that CHEMO can cause this issue (Imagine that…hmmm, five years of feeling bad. What was I doing five years ago? Oh yeah, CHEMO.) I also found this great food guide from Stanford University Health, though there are many – http://stanfordhospital.org/digestivehealth/nutrition/DH-Low-FODMAP-Diet-Handout.pdf  This is now on my refrigerator (and iPhone, of course).

FODMAP diet

This is also a pretty good FODMAP list. On my refrig as well.

Generally you have to avoid sources of high fructose, fructans (so no wheat), lactose, galactans, and polyols. This is going to include a lot of things you’d never think, like stone fruits (natural sources of polyols…mannitol, sorbitol, all those things we use as artificial sweeteners as well). The “galactans” are most of your beans. You also cut out a lot of nuts and dried fruits. Some things we think of as “healthy.”

NOTE: It’s important to realize that this is a little personal AND it’s emerging information. Some FODMAP diet guides will say “x is ok” and others will say, “no way.” It’s up to you to try things, record your symptoms, and find your personal sensitivities and triggers. Not everyone will be the same.

But this is an ELIMINATION diet at first. You follow it and see if it helps you. Then, once you’ve felt good following it for a month or two, you reintroduce or “test” the FODMAPS and see how it goes. You’ll find your own personal sensitivities and thresholds, or so I am told. So far I have found that lactose is a REALLY big “NO” in any amount. Also I seem to have onion and garlic as serious triggers. It’s nearly impossible to be vegan and follow this because so many things are restricted. So I am eating organic lean meats and eggs.

But what’s most important?

I FEEL GOOD – da na na na na na na! I hoped that I would now. I feeee-eee-ee-eel good. I hoped that I would now! SO GOOD! SO NICE! I got a normal tummy. Bah bah bah bum da da dum…

Oh, sorry. I broke into dance there for a moment. I feel better than I have in years. To me the proof is in that pudding (Oh wait, pudding is not on the list. Ummmmm, the proof is in that FODMAP-Free Conch Ceviche. And I’m back to giving you recipes, lol! That one is my next post.)

So if your tummy seems to rumble no matter what you do, maybe you should ask your gastroenterologist or nutritionist about FODMAPS. The good news? It can’t hurt. :)

[tags] FODMAP, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, fructose malabsorption, HFCS, high fructose corn syrup, fructans, galactans, polyols, health, digestion [/tags]

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Emergence Book Blog and Recipe Tour – Day 11

EMERGENCE (Eden's Root #3) Recipe and Book Blog Tour - Day 2

Wow! What a day, what a day! I got SOOOOO many awesome reviews and recipes today, it was inspiring.

I never expected to get so much in one day, but I really enjoyed it. Sorry to get it out at the end of the day, but somehow, I suspect that all of North America was enjoying the bout of gorgeous weather today. :)

If you like these posts, please share or like or comment on them. (And if fried chicken isn’t your sense of Truefood, just try pasture raised chicken with gluten-free breading and BAKE it. Not too bad. Vegan? Well, that starts to get too weird to be worth it. How about just roast your tastiest veggies and make a dip.

5 Stars for Eden’s Root and Seeds of War from Marked by Books

5 Stars for Emergence from A Diary of a Book Addict!

A special treat – Sherry just went ahead and reviewed Seeds of War too for me – 5 Stars from Fundinmental

3 Stars for Eden’s Root from Leanna Me

(Why do I include this? Either because I am crazy/stupid honest, or because I don’t think that it’s actually a bad review. And if you’re afraid of critique, you should just throw your laptop out the window…)

- Rachel

[tags]Rachel E. Fisher, author, ya, apocalyptic, dystopian, Eden’s Root Trilogy, Seeds of War, Emergence, Marked by Books, A Diary of a Book Addict, Leanna Me, recipes, healthy, food, Truefood, vegan, Fi Kelly, Asher Grey [/tags]

 

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The Wool Omnibus

The Wool Omnibus - Hugh HoweyTitle: Wool (1-5)
Author: Hugh Howey
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I skipped the Amazon Summary this time. You’ll see why.

Warnings

1.) This review will be long. This story has triggered a LOT of thought and reflection.

2.) I will discuss serious spoilers at the end (though I’ll warn you again before I do), so if you haven’t read it, pay attention. One thing you DON’T want to do with Wool, is know all the twists and turns in advance because they are many and they are mostly very adept.

When I first picked up Wool, I’d heard that it was something of a phenomenon. I did not know anything about it other than that. And when I began Wool 1, I got about 20 locations in and put it down. I was so disinterested that I read an entire book in between. What a mistake! The (also widely touted) ya tome I chose instead was so annoying that I DNFed it. Wrote a tough review and then took it down deciding the DNF meant I just shouldn’t review it. Just wasn’t my cup o’ tea at ALL.

At which point I picked up Wool 1 and tried again. The first thing that struck me about Wool 1 was that it was a short story. I was perplexed (again, I mentioned that I knew nothing about it). But this time I pushed forward through the bits that had stopped me (more on this later) and found it to be a very well-crafted and enjoyable short story. It has all of the massive PUNCH in the GUT that a great short story should. Howey yanks you about on a cord until you’re as exhausted and devastated as his characters and you falter along with them, stunned by Howey’s surprise twist.

But where it could go from there was a mystery. It seemed distinctly over to me. So I picked up Wool 2 and was thrust into the world of Wool in more detail and with deeper characterizations that grabbed me. I was hooked, fascinated with the extraordinary world-building. There’s something magical about the way the characters wind down the great staircase and Howey shows you his world in spinning, gorgeous, heartbreaking 360. You could as easily call this one “The Descent” and get the heavy feeling that each tread places on the reader.

Even so, when I finished Wool 2, I thought, “What an excellent, subsequent short story.”

Then I picked up Wool 3 and it really took off because we TRULY meet Juliette. And. She. Is. AWESOME.

You all know I’m a stone-cold sucker for a kick-ass female MC and Wool’s Juliette delivers. My praise for Howey is in no small measure due to his decision to draw his “Bruce Willis” Die-Hard with ta-tas and a greasy wrench in her hand. FANTASTIC.

What I Loved – Not too many spoilers here…

Um, obv. Juliette. She’s an enigma in the very structured and orderly world of the silo. Rather than follow her proscribed path, her heart (and heartache) leads her into the down-deep, where she buries herself, quite literally, in Mechanics. She’s so at home among the oil and sweat and filth of hammering pistons and rattling bolts that in 20 years, she’s never climbed back up to see her father in the nursery. When her life intersects accidentally with the Mayor and Deputy of the silo, who live up-top and wish her to join them as the new Sheriff, her carefully constructed world falls apart.

But does she crumble? Does she fade? When she faces the most horrible possible ends, possible truths, not just for herself but for those whom she does love, her friends and family in the down-deep, what does she do? Well, I’m not going to tell you the specifics because I promised no spoilers yet, but let’s just say that if you count Juliette out, you’re a fool. She may very well be one of my top five favorite female MCs of all time. Seriously. For reals, yo’.

The Silo/World-Building – Wow. All I can say is “Wow.” Now THIS is world-building. I will admit, I have a few questions (as a sci-fi and apocalyptic nut) that I address below, but 99% otherwise is WOW. You can REALLY picture the silo, with the great spiral staircase twisting its way through the heart of the society, the levels all separate and orderly, their purpose and missions clear. It’s an extraordinary vision. I’ve read books that could not include enough adjectives to make the space they describe make sense to me…but Howey’s is as sharp as a movie in my mind. What’s most amazing is that he (almost always) manages to do so with a relative economy of description. (That being said, there is such repetition of the up-and-down of the stairs over the course of the entire Omnibus that he gets many opportunities to crystallize the vision.)

Twists and Turns – Howey delivers a ton of twists and turns and really gives you the sense of an overall mystery to be solved, “What’s real?” And, “How did we get here?” That’s what we always want to know in post-apocalyptics isn’t it? How did we get here? But the “What’s real?” part is an important piece of dystopians as well. It isn’t a “dystopian” unless there is some sort of lie or opacity that “keeps people in place”. You chase both of these questions in Howey’s story, following them up and down the stairs yourself until you’re ready to tear out your own hair. But he gives you just enough tid-bits to keep you hanging on and by the time you’ve fallen in love with several of the characters (not just Juliette), it doesn’t matter how long it takes, it doesn’t matter how he tugs your heart, you are GOING TO GET SOME ANSWERS!!! :) It’s great when an author can inspire the same feelings in you that he does in his characters.

Sideline - The tragic love of the Deputy and his Mayor in Wool 2 was one of my favorite things. This is one of the tenderest stories of “longing” I’ve ever read and the fact that it occurs between life-long friends who are also in the twilight of their lives makes it even sweeter. You’ve really done something exceptional with what is essentially a short story, when you can make your reader SOB for the protagonists after only just getting to know them. Truly.

Solo – I Loved Solo. He was a wonderful “story-within-a-story” because he was the human embodiment of what could and had gone wrong in the past. And yet you love him with a sadness usually reserved for children…and there’s a reason for that.

The Ending - Without saying more, I was satisfied with the way Howey wrapped it up. The only thing I would have liked is more information on some of “The Stranded” that isn’t given after Juliette’s departure (sorry to be cryptic, but saving spoilers for below), but I think Howey leads you to believe in Juliette, ultimately. That’s all I’m gonna say.

Analysis and Critique – SPOILER ALERT!

Now I’m going to discuss the things that caused reflection and a few that didn’t work so much for me. I have no idea if this interests anyone else, but it kind of interests me when other readers or authors share their thoughts like this…

Central premise of “How we got here”

When the true complete “reveal” is done of how the world had been destroyed save the 18 silos remaining (or however many), I…didn’t buy it.

I know! *Horrors* How can you recommend a story so highly when in the end, you don’t believe how it began? I don’t know. In some ways it doesn’t matter. (Funny, Bernard feels the same way, ick.) What does matter is the NOW that the characters live in. But I guess I should explain why I didn’t buy it, so here goes.

Lukas eventually figures out with Bernard’s guidance that the ancestors of those living in the silos had constructed them knowing the world was going to end because… *drum roll* …THEY BLEW UP THE WORLD ON PURPOSE.

*blinks* *silent*

Say what now?

And the because was the worst part. They blew up the rest of the species (and WORLD) because they wanted us to be homogeneous so we wouldn’t fight anymore…wouldn’t repeat the mistakes of the past.

*blinks* *silent*

Say what now?

I have just some huge problems with this every which way…

1.) If you were going to try to save the species (albeit a homogeneous cross-section), you would need a LARGER FREAKING SAMPLE SIZE. Even if there are 100,000 among the silos (doubtful), that is not really a good enough number to ensure we’re gonna make it long-term, particularly given that…

2.) You have them all segregated so their gene pools are DIVERGING, not CONVERGING, relative to one another…so the whole plan to make people homogeneous? Not very effective, I guess, unless you only expect one silo to survive, in which case I’m back to Point 1.

3.) And it seems counter-productive to wipe the slate clean if in doing so you have to also destroy the environment that sustains our life. So there was no way to eliminate all the “unacceptable” people without destroying the world to a point that your “seeds” may NEVER be able to re-emerge? I’m sorry, I know it’s repetitive, but…

*blinks* *silent*

Say what now?

Finally, my other major issue with this “homogeneity is the goal” theory is that NOTHING about dystopia in general or Howey’s dystopia is homogeneous. The entire crux of tension in dystopias is the disparity between those in power and those without it. In fact, Howey’s silo is perfectly stratified and divided as a good dystopia should be. It’s believable as a dystopia.

But if the whole reason we ended up blowing up the world was to ensure homogeneity, to avoid giving people reasons to fight, then you would NEVER set up a society with such stratification and division. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s completely opposite to your supposed end-goal. (For example, they still have some weird, vague religion despite the fact that religion has led to many of the largest scale wars in human history. Wouldn’t the homogeneity-loving world-destroyers have outlawed religion?)

So the “How we got here” part didn’t work for me at all. I wish he’d have gone with a more traditional massive nuclear war or asteroid hit or something where there was some warning or prep-time and people with forethought gathered the best and brightest and/or took people by lottery. Something like that. But one small group destroying the entire planet so we can maybe, probably not, emerge as a happy, homogeneous family one day? Didnt’ cut it for me.

Reflection and Analysis

Howey loves a metaphor. Clearly when he began with Wool, he loved the double-entendre of the wool used by the cleaners and having the “wool pulled over one’s eyes”. But then he went on with a knitting metaphor as long as he could, which turned out to be 4 volumes. (The Stranded is pushing it…strands…)

He also uses the silo and seeds metaphor, which I did enjoy. When Solo starts asking Juliette what happens to seeds when they stay in their silos for too long, I thought, “Yeeeeeaaaaaahhhh, that’s a good point. They ROT.”

But one of the other things that they can do is SPROUT. And that is the true metaphor in this story to me…that the silos, which are supposed to be filled with quiescent seeds, keep SPROUTING with questions, with wonder, with desire, with frustration.

All I can say about this series is that I am SO glad I read it. The story is tremendous. I’m definitely going to read The First Shift (prequel). Maybe it will make me feel differently about the Gods of Shiva Howey suggested as Wool’s ancestors. Regardless, I’m willing to bet my sweet bippy that it will be a great read…

[tags] Rachel E. Fisher, Eden’s Root Trilogy, Wool, Hugh Howey, Juliette, Lukas [/tags]

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Emergence book blog and recipe tour – Day 9

EMERGENCE (Eden's Root #3) Recipe and Book Blog Tour - Day 2

A simple, fun recipe for kids’ snacks and a few *tasty* quotes thrown in…

Today’s post from Christy’s Cozy Corner does not include a book review, but it does have a fun variation on Ants-on-a-Log for a mom or dad looking for a new twist to interest their little ones.

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Christy’s Cozy Corner – Emergence

- Rachel

[tags]Rachel E. Fisher, author, ya, apocalyptic, dystopian, Eden’s Root Trilogy, Seeds of War, Emergence, Christy’s Cozy Corner, recipes, healthy, food, Truefood, vegan, Fi Kelly, Asher Grey [/tags]

 

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Emergence book blog and recipe tour – Day 8

EMERGENCE (Eden's Root #3) Recipe and Book Blog Tour - Day 2

A wonderful REVIEW of Eden’s Root and Interview from My Fundinmental…

Fi – Leader/Child. Warrior/ Healer. Hard/Soft.

I love this. (I know I keep saying that, but it’s true.) Her characterization of Fi (above) brings tears to my eyes, but the thing that made them spill over as I laughed, was the incorporation of a YouTube video of The Unicorn Song. She’s right, if you’ve read the books, it makes total sense. I was floored. In a good way.

And she includes a pretty funny interview conducted by our fantastic blog tour host from Prism Blog Tours!

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Fundinmental – Emergence

- Rachel

[tags]Rachel E. Fisher, author, ya, apocalyptic, dystopian, Eden’s Root Trilogy, Seeds of War, Emergence, Fundinmental recipes, healthy, food, Truefood, vegan, Fi Kelly, Asher Grey [/tags]

 

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Emergence Book Blog and Recipe Tour – Day 7

EMERGENCE (Eden's Root #3) Recipe and Book Blog Tour - Day 2

A wonderful REVIEW and RECIPE from My Seryniti…

I love Rachel Fisher’s writing and the things she thinks about during an apocalypse is extraordinary. Multiple times my heart literally stopped for fear or out of love for this fabulous storyline.

Ok, how do you not just cry? I have no answer for that question because review excerpts like the one above always make me cry. I have a lot of emotional investment in these characters (Very strange, I know…it’s a weirdness of fiction that is hard to explain.) and to have someone else feel emotionally invested in them makes me feel like I’ve done them justice. She loves Fi (and Sara) and that’s enough for me. I think it’s cute that in a post-apocalyptic series leading to war, she’s uncomfortable with the fighting parts. I suspect that if I write more romantic, less violent tomes in the future, she may really like that. :)

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My Seryniti – Emergence

She accidentally titled it “Emergency” in the title line, but she gets it right below that. Ah, typos…

- Rachel

[tags]Rachel E. Fisher, author, ya, apocalyptic, dystopian, Eden’s Root Trilogy, Seeds of War, Emergence, My Seryniti, recipes, healthy, food, Truefood, vegan, Fi Kelly, Asher Grey [/tags]

 

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Emergence Book Blog and Recipe Tour – Day 6

EMERGENCE (Eden's Root #3) Recipe and Book Blog Tour - Day 2

Not ONE but THREE tasty recipes from A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner…

I have to say that this recipe tour has been a fantastic idea, I’m getting all kinds of food ideas and it’s been quite a while since I have felt that new ZING of inspiration. I’m excited to get back to my food posts. But first I’ll have to try cooking these!

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A Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner – Emergence

- Rachel

[tags]Rachel E. Fisher, author, ya, apocalyptic, dystopian, Eden’s Root Trilogy, Seeds of War, Emergence,  A Tiffyfit Reading Corner, recipes, healthy, food, Truefood, vegan, Fi Kelly, Asher Grey [/tags]

 

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Emergence Book Blog and Recipe Tour – Day 4

EMERGENCE (Eden's Root #3) Recipe and Book Blog Tour - Day 2
This is a great post from Indiscriminate Writes …

Though she didn’t manage to gives us a recipe (her explanation is hilarious), her thoughts with regards to the safety of our food and environment and the struggle modern parents feel to protect their children are pointed and poignant. I know that many of my readers can relate. Many have experienced either first-hand or through family members, “issues” with food including allergies, sensitivities, weight management, and chronic diseases including auto-immune disorders and cancers. Now either I have an unusually sick circle of acquaintances…(unlikely given the overall sample size and diversity) OR something is wrong.

One early reviewer of Eden’s Root said that while it was obvious I had a strong viewpoint, it was well-researched and fell short of being a tract. I appreciated that. My point was not to flog people. I wanted to tell a story that tugged at hearts the way mine was being tugged by the things I’d learned in my research, and the possible implications. When ER came to me originally, though the “message” or “villain” (food change run amok) was a central premise, it was always Fi and my love for her and her family and friends that was the story.

Whether we take this post’s (Indiscriminate Writes) call-to-action to heart or not, it was important to me to at least be having the discussion. The thing that made me angry (like she says as well) when I first started to really learn about this stuff was how little I’d known about what I was putting in my body and how unfair that seemed. But can we turn back the clock through action? Can we balance the benefits of progress with it’s drawbacks? I don’t know.

I’ll be honest. I’m on the fence about 50/50 if you ask me if we’re going to accidentally destroy ourselves as a species. When I think about the racing pace of technological innovation, it seems inevitable (also just plain population growth brings major risks like pandemic, etc….blah, blah, we’ve all become prepper now, right?). But then we’ve sometimes (historically) demonstrated an uncanny knack to figure things out or do the right thing just in time to avert disaster. That is the duality of human greatness: it always teeters on the razor’s edge between triumph and tragedy. And ultimately, that was what I wanted to capture.

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Indiscriminate Writes  – Emergence

My ego loves her opener, of course…

For those of you who are not familiar with Rachel E. Fisher’s ‘Eden’s Root’ trilogy, well, what have you been doing? ;)

- Rachel

[tags]Rachel E. Fisher, author, ya, apocalyptic, dystopian, Eden’s Root Trilogy, Seeds of War, Emergence, review, Indiscriminate Writes, recipes, healthy, food, Truefood, vegan, Fi Kelly, Asher Grey [/tags]

 

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Emergence Book Blog and Recipe Tour – Day 3

EMERGENCE (Eden's Root #3) Recipe and Book Blog Tour - Day 2
I HEART this review from Buried Under Books…

She’s been with there with my characters and has become very attached to them. I can relate – ha! It is very heartening to hear that people feel connected with my characters and don’t want to leave them behind. I can’t think of a greater satisfaction that a writer could have than to hear that their characters feel like “friends”. :)

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Buried Under Books book review – Emergence

- Rachel

[tags]Rachel E. Fisher, author, ya, apocalyptic, dystopian, Eden’s Root Trilogy, Seeds of War, Emergence, review, Buried Under Books, recipes, healthy, food, Truefood, vegan, Fi Kelly, Asher Grey  [/tags]

 

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