Sunday With Sisson 11.25.18

Sunday With Sisson 11.25.18

Hi, everyone. Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday morning. For those of you accustomed to receiving Sunday With Sisson in your inbox, I wanted to give you a heads up that the team and I are making some changes (just technical) with the newsletter and “Sunday With Sisson” for just a few weeks. Some of you may notice some temporary interruption in your email delivery from MDA. It’s all part of upgrading our systems. Unfortunately, there’s never a good time for these things.

In the meantime, I’ll be posting “Sunday With Sisson” letters each Sunday on the blog until we’re back to our full mailing capacity. Enjoy, and—as always—thanks for joining me here. 

Good morning, everybody.

I hope you enjoyed a good holiday (those of you in the U.S.). Last week’s Sunday with Sisson was pretty heavy, so I’m going much lighter this week with a list of things I’m liking, media I’m consuming, and anything else that comes to mind.

Conventional wisdom-buster: Humans delayed desertification of the Sahara. Recent estimates suggest that nomadic pastoralists actually held off desertification of the Sahara region for at least 500 years by introducing densely-packed ruminants that fertilized the land, improved soil quality, and fostered growth of grasses. How about that?

Listening: For whatever reason, I’m on a Celtic music kick, which I don’t usually listen to. The Pogues’ “Rum Sodomy and the Lash,” a classic Celtic punk album is great. It doesn’t get much better than their version of Dirty Old Town. I’ve also been liking the Chieftains “Chieftains 7” album. Try Away We Go and O’Sullivan’s March.

Watching: A smattering of food shows on Netflix. I like doing this to get inspiration for posts and Primal Kitchen products and kitchen experiments. Oftentimes, one random thing will get my creative juices flowing, wondering how I can make something similar in a pre-packaged, healthier, Primal-friendly form. Ugly Delicious and Chef’s Table are both great—and both very different from each other. From the former, try the barbecue episode. From the latter, the “Mallmann” episode from the first season is a must-see. The “Ivan Orkin” (American guy who did ramen in Japan) episode of Chef’s Table is also worth a watch. Meat Eater is also good, a combination hunting, philosophy, nature, and cooking show.

Question for you (reply to this week’s Sunday With Sisson blog post): What was the best thing about Thanksgiving this year? Food, family, funny comments, anything at all.

That’s it for me. What are you liking, watching, or listening to?

Enjoy your Sunday.

Best,

Mark

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