Lifelong Dewey

Reading through every Dewey Decimal section.

Category: 630s

637: The Science of Cheese by Michael Tunick

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637.3: Tunick, Michael H. The Science of Cheese. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2014. 242 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-992230-7.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 600: Technology
  • 630: Agriculture and related technologies
  • 637: Processing dairy and related products
  • 637.3: Cheese processing

Cheese has existed in some form or another since the eighth millennium BCE. Over the last ten thousand years, the technique has been the same. Separate the curd (milk solids) from the whey (remaining liquids) and form into a block to eat. How you separate the two, what kind of milk you start with, and what you do to the curd after separation govern the cheese you get. There are cows cheeses, sheep cheese, goat cheese, yak cheeses, stained cheeses, blue cheeses, stretched cheeses, and even brined cheeses. Michael Tunick’s The Science of Cheese is exactly that—a look at the all the wonderful and intricate science behind the making of a single piece of cheese.

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630: One-Woman Farm by Jenna Woginrich

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630.974749: Woginrich, Jenna. One-Woman Farm: My Life Shared with Sheep, Pigs, Chickens, Goats, and a Fine Fiddle. North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2013. 208 pp. ISBN 978-1-6034-2718-0.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 600: Technology
  • 630: Agriculture and related technologies
  • +974749: Washington County, New York, United States

One day, while listening to a friend wax contently about life on his farm in the Hudson Valley, Jenna Woginrich became jealous. She wanted that life, filled with cold mornings, broken fences, herding chickens, and baling hay. She wanted her life to have more seasons and less weekends. She wanted a dog at her side and a horse under saddle. In One-Woman Farm, she recounts how she did just that and gives us a year in the life of a New York State farmer.

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636: The Medici Giraffe by Marina Belozerskaya

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636: Belozerskaya, Marina. The Medici Giraffe and Other Tales of Exotic Animals and Power. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2006. 384 pp. ISBN 0-316-52565-0.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 600: Technology
  • 630: Agriculture and related technologies
  • 636: Animal husbandry

Human beings and the rest of the animal kingdom share an interesting and symbiotic relationship. People have shaped the history of animals and certain animals have shaped the history of humanity. Marina Belozerskaya’s The Medici Giraffe attempts to bring together seven stories of historic animals to show a timeline of important beasts. Starting with Ptolemy’s war elephants and ending with the historic agreement between the China and the U.S. on the gifting of two rare panda bears to the National Zoo, we see that people are drawn to the exotic. You won’t find simple tales of animal breeding and care here, but rather a portfolio of complicated relationships with the animal kingdom.

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639: Introduction to Restoration Ecology by Howell, Harrington, and Glass

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639.9: Howell, Evelyn A., John A. Harrington, & Stephen B. Glass. Introduction to Restoration Ecology. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2011. 400 pp. ISBN 978-1-59726-189-0.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 600: Technology
  • 630: Agriculture
  • 639: Hunting, fishing, conservation, or related technologies
  • 639.9: Conservation of biological resources

Alright, folks—this is a measure of my dedication to this project. Staying up until 11 PM on a perfectly good Friday night reading a textbook on restoration ecology, even though there is very little chance I’ll ever be out in nature helping to restore some abandoned wetland or forest. But now, I have the prerequisite training to least follow a conservation conversation (see what I did there?). And Howell, Harrington, and Glass’s textbook on the subject—Introduction to Restoration Ecology—is a very suitable primer for the subject.

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638: Robbing the Bees by Holley Bishop

638.16: Bishop, Holley. Robbing the Bees: A Biography of Honey–The Sweet Liquid Gold that Seduced the World. New York: Free Press, 2006. 300 pp. ISBN 978-0-7432-5022-1.

Dewey Construction:

  • 600: Technology
  • 630: Agriculture
  • 638: Insect culture
  • 638.16: Bees and beekeeping

Thousands of years ago, pre-civilized humans chanced upon a frightful object—a mass of pulp writhing with the motions of thousands of insects and humming with their collective wingbeats. Inside, however was something as prized as the hive was daunting: the honeycomb. From our first experience with the sweet treat those millennia ago, people have been trying to cultivate or collect it any way they can. And Holley Bishop tells us all about it.

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635: American Green by Ted Steinberg

635.9647: Steinberg, Ted. American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn. New York: W.W. Norton, 2006. 230 pp. ISBN 0-393-06084-5.

Dewey Construction:

  • 600: Applied Sciences (Technology)
  • 630: Agriculture and related technologies
  • 635: Garden crops (horticulture); vegetables
  • 635.9: Flowers and ornamental plants
  • 635.96: Groupings by special areas and purposes
  • 635.964: Ground cover
  • 635.9647: Lawns

On any given weekend, millions of homeowners trudge out to their garages, pull out their lawnmowers, weed whackers, leaf blowers, spreaders, insecticides, fungicides, and various lawn chemicals. They tote their gas-guzzling power mowers out onto their lawns to insure their greenery is just as beautiful as their neighbor’s. And as bleak as all this seems, we keep doing it, week after week, just to make sure America stays green.

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