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Paperback The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating Book

ISBN: 0679314830

ISBN13: 9780679314837

The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating

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The remarkable, amusing and inspiring adventures of a Canadian couple who make a year-long attempt to eat foods grown and produced within a 100-mile radius of their apartment. When Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon learned that the average ingredient in a North American meal travels 1,500 miles from farm to plate, they decided to launch a simple experiment to reconnect with the people and places that produced what they ate. For one year, they would...

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Loved this book!

I loved this book. I think it's a must read for anyone who is interested in local eating because it debunks the myth that it's impossible for people in northern climates. If you are interested in becoming a "locavore", I suggest reading this book along with "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral" by Barbara Kingsolver, "Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan, and "Full Moon Feast" by Jessica Prentice. The problem I had with the other books is that I found them to be negative towards vegetarians and vegans. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon were vegetarians! However, they gave that up before beginning the project. That was really disappointing to me and I would have liked this book more if they had at least given it an honest try before eating meat. That's why I give it 4 stars instead of 5. Otherwise, a good and fun read.

A truly inspirational read

This very personal account is a very inspiring and motivational book. While reading this, I couldn't stop telling people about the ideas, the stories and the passion of what i was reading. I checked the local farm market schedule midway through the book and am very excited to be going this week. I think some other people are missing the point. This book isn't trying to convert everyone to a local diet. They don't always make the most environmentally friendly decisions, but it's the connection with the food and where it comes from, that's what is the moral of this story. Between knowing your own fisherman, to making your own salt... to just knowing the season of what is fresh and local. The simple concept of 'who knows what asparagus season is' hit home... and I immediately downloaded the local crops information. Too often, we are trying to cut spending and we hurt for it. Paying good money for good food is something definately worthwhile. I'm not going to pickle my vegetables, and live on beets for the winter... but it's a story that really makes me question what I'm eating, and where it comes from. Consequently, I haven't been to a fast food place since reading this. Much better of an argument for me than fast food nation, or supersize this. The was truly a gem.
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