It is a struggle; no sugar, no olive oil, for much of it no wheat or bread. They work their way through, learning about the diversity of food that has been lost to supermarket monocultures, about the true cost in water and fuel in California lettuce. They did not really know what they were doing, starting the experiment at the beginning of spring, absolutely the worst time of year when nothing is yet growing and all there is to eat is last years remaining turnips.
One does not have to be a cook to worry about where your food comes from; Alisa made perhaps one meal during the course of this book, a chum soup. However, like Michael Pollan's The Onmivore's Dilemma, reading this book will change the way you look at your meal. ::Plenty or ::The 100 Mile Diet
also: Listen to ::TreeHugger Radio :On the first day of spring in 2005, Alisa Smith and James Mackinnon started a culinary revolution. They didn’t know it at the time. All they were trying to do was defy the disappointing statistic that the average food item on a North American plate travels the distance between Boulder, CO and New York City to get to our plates. For one year, they ate within a 100 mile radius of their home. The diet would, perhaps, seem less daunting in a place like Los Angeles or Southern Florida, but that’s not where James & Alisa lived. They embarked on this journey from a humble flat in British Columbia, Canada. Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, is the story of their year of eating close to home. Listen to TreeHugger Radio each Friday on Air America’s EcoTalk, here on TreeHugger.com, or pick up the podcast on iTunes. (listen/right click to download) ::TreeHugger Radio