Quick Book Review: Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman (Recipe: Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing)

Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman.

I just finished reading this book. I’m a little bit of a dork, I know. This book explains the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy. Friedman calls for all of us to put aside our differences and act together to save the world for our children and future generations.

He uses recent events to explain the energy-climate area that we are currently in and what needs to change. He shows how 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the car industry, and the Internet have combined to bring climate and energy issues to the forefront. Friedman talks about how we all say we are in a Green Revolution making green buildings and green cars, but he said we aren’t really in a Green Revolution until we stop giving it that title.

While some parts of the book were a little dry, I learned a lot and he made some very interesting points. For instance, he says while it may seem really hard now to make big “green” changes, none of America’s big changes have been easy–look at Civil Rights. That was really hard on America, but we endured and we are a better country for it. But in order to make progress, we have to act collectively and push for this green change as a nation.

Quote of the Day:

“You got this…you can shift your perception any time.” -Millie Mestril

I am on a salad kick this week so I made this copycat recipe for the Olive Garden salad dressing. It’s pretty good. Not quite as good as the actual Olive Garden salad dressing, but I’ll take it!

Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing


1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons miracle whip
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning


– Food process all ingredients and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water until smooth.

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