6 books to inspire a more natural existence
It would be hard to ignore the cultural shift towards environmental consciousness in recent years. Whether it’s eating vegan, consuming more sustainably or simply embracing the great outdoors, the core principles remain the same: respecting the planet has life-enhancing benefits.
Are you part of the movement? Whether you’re merely taking an interest or a hardcore environmentalist, we’ve compiled an essential reading list to aid a more natural existence.
1. An Atlas of Natural Beauty by Buly
Parisian boutique L'Officine Universelle Buly are masters in natural, chemical-free beauty products, and this book serves as an extensive handbook on the subject. Discover home beauty recipes for over 80 seeds, flowers, oils, trees, fruits and herbs – from apricot and avocado to argan oil and aloe vera – and learn where the ingredients came from, their histories and how they’ve been used in the past.
2. Live Lagom by Anna Brones
Live Lagom is a guide to life based on the Swedish philosophy of lagom, meaning ‘not too little, not too much, just right’. Written by Nordic ‘happiness guru’ Anna Brones, it explains the practice of lagom in traditional and practical terms, with advice and tips on how to find your happy medium, in your home, in society, in relationships and in nature.
3. How to Grow Stuff by Alice Vincent
Feeling green-fingered but not sure where to start? This book is for you. Growing things - herbs, vegetables, salad, flowers and plants - is both enjoyable and surprisingly easy. You just need some practical knowledge - which you’ll find in this book - and a bit of space, like a window ledge, pot or plot of soil. Then, have fun growing: basil, mint, rocket, tomatoes, geraniums, pansies, aloe vera… the list goes on.
4. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi
Plenty More picks up where Yotam’s ground-breaking cookbook Plenty left off, with 150 more dazzling vegetarian dishes, this time organised by cooking method. Grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, braised or raw, the range of recipe ideas will transform your plant-based cooking. Expect recipes like mango and curried chickpea salad, membrillo and stilton quiche, buttermilk-crusted okra and seaweed, ginger and carrot salad.
5. The Man Who Climbs Trees by James Aldred
Climbing trees for a living? Who knew. This exceptional memoir is the story of professional British tree climber and BBC wildlife cameraman James Aldred. With stories of his adventures across the globe, the book will take you on a tour of the most majestic trees in existence: the strangler fig tree of Borneo, the monolithic Congolese moabi tree, the fern-covered howler tree of Costa Rica and the colossal mountain ash of Australia.
You may have come across Bettina’s Kitchen via her Instagram feed, a veritable buffet of good food and good taste, regularly updated with delicious looking plant-based dishes. Her book, set for release in Spring 2018, is poised to be the perfect starter kit (or refresher course) for vegan cooking, with inspirational and all-natural recipes ideas for every occasion. So watch this space...