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Editor’s book and DVD picks: September 2009

Our guide to what’s new on the shelf: Kitchen Yoga, A Homemade Life, Six Months in Sudan and Stott Pilates Power Paced Pilates

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kitchen yoga

Kitchen Yoga

As a long-time yoga student, I still find it hard to practise at home. Ruth Shaw, a Toronto yoga teacher, has published her new book Kitchen Yoga for yoginis like me. It shows how to fit in poses throughout the day, such as stretching your legs while waiting for the kettle to boil. Great concept, lovely book-and it’s spiral-bound for easy countertop reading.

Read an excerpt: Stretch your hips with Standing Pigeon

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A Homemade Life

A Homemade Life

I’m addicted to food blogs, like Orangette by Molly Wizenberg, who turned her blog posts into A Homemade Life (Simon & Schuster). I devoured it in two days. Next up for me: a slower perusal while I sample the recipes, like Fresh Ginger Cake with Caramelized Pears, and Arugula Salad with Pistachios and Chocolate.

Read an excerpt:
Happiness is a slow-roasted tomato
How I learned to love bananas
Slow-Roasted Tomatoes with Coriander
Slow-Roasted Tomato Pesto
Banana Bread with Chocolate and Crystallized Ginger
Bread Salad with Cherries, Arugula and Goat Cheese

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Six Months in Sudan

Six Months in Sudan

Captivating and eye-opening, Six Months in Sudan (Doubleday Canada) by Canadian doctor James Maskalyk will interest anyone who’s ever wondered about volunteering abroad. As a doctor for Médicins Sans Frontières, Maskalyk blogged about his experiences, and the goal for that blog and the book that emerged from it was to show the realities of war. In my opinion, he succeeded.

Read an excerpt: The End.

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Stott Pilates Power Paced Pilates

My physiotherapist wants me to be a Pilates fan. To please her (and strengthen my core), I tried Stott Pilates Power Paced Pilates. I definitely felt my muscles working, but level 2, which I tested, didn’t push me as hard as I can work, although it would be good for someone who is new to core work. The Stott series ranges from level 1 to 5.

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