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Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us – Ruth Kassinger

Thoughts: I enjoyed reading Slime, and found sections I and II particularly interesting. Maybe I’ll eventually get around to cooking some of the recipes Kassinger provided in an appendix.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering.)

Kassinger, Ruth. 2019. Slime: How Algae Created Us, Plague Us, and Just Might Save Us. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.


Section I: In the Beginning

1. Pond Life

2. Something New Under the Sun

3. Algae Get Complicated

4. Land Ho, Going Once

5. Land Ho, Going Twice

6. Looking for Lichens

Section II: Glorious Food

1. Brain Food

2. Seaweed Salvation

3. On a Grand Scale

4. Welshmen’s Delight

5. A Way of Life

6. Flash!

Section III: Practical Matters

1. Feeding Plants and Animals

2. In the Thick of It

3. Land Ho, Going Thrice

4. Seaweed Stuff

5. Algae Oil

6. The Algae’s Not for Burning

7. Ethanol

8. The Future of Algae Fuel

Section IV: Algae and the Changing Climate

1. Gadzoox

2. Saving the Reefs?

3. A Plague Upon Us

4. Cleanup

5. Making Monsters

6. Geoengineering


Posted: Aug 02, 2022. Last updated: Aug 31, 2023.