The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating

Alisa Smith J.B. MacKinnon

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The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating

The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating By Alisa Smith J.B. MacKinnon The Mile Diet A Year of Local Eating The remarkable amusing and inspiring adventures of a Canadian couple who make a year long attempt to eat foods grown and produced within a mile radius of their apartment When Alisa Smith and Jame

  • Title: The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating
  • Author: Alisa Smith J.B. MacKinnon
  • ISBN: 9780679314837
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating By Alisa Smith J.B. MacKinnon 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 tThe 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 only consume food that came from within a 100 mile radius of their Vancouver apartment The 100 Mile Diet was born.The couple s discoveries sometimes shook their resolve It would be a year without sugar, Cheerios, olive oil, rice, Pizza Pops, beer, and much, much Yet local eating has turned out to be a life lesson in pleasures that are always close at hand They met the revolutionary farmers and modern day hunter gatherers who are changing the way we think about food They got personal with issues ranging from global economics to biodiversity They called on the wisdom of grandmothers, and immersed themselves in the seasons They discovered a host of new flavours, from gooseberry wine to sunchokes to turnip sandwiches, foods that they never would have guessed were on their doorstep.The 100 Mile Diet struck a deeper chord than anyone could have predicted, attracting media and grassroots interest that spanned the globe The 100 Mile Diet A Year of Local Eating tells the full story, from the insights to the kitchen disasters, as the authors transform from megamart shoppers to self sufficient urban pioneers The 100 Mile Diet is a pathway home for anybody, anywhere.Call me naive, but I never knew that flour would be struck from our 100 Mile Diet Wheat products are just so ubiquitous, the staff of life, that I had hazily imagined the stuff must be grown everywhere But of course I had never seen a field of wheat anywhere close to Vancouver, and my mental images of late afternoon light falling on golden fields of grain were all from my childhood on the Canadian prairies What I was able to find was Anita s Organic Grain Flour Mill, about 60 miles up the Fraser River valley I called, and learned that Anita s nearest grain suppliers were at least 800 miles away by road She sounded sorry for me Would it be a year until I tasted a pie From The 100 Mile DietFrom the Hardcover edition.
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    1. OhWell on said:

      Neat idea, even if the writing is tedious at times I enjoyed reading the month by month journal, sprinkled with humour, and the occasional recipes I wouldn t go to such extremes as the authors just thinking of separating wheat grains from mouse poop makes my stomach turn but I m all for eating locally grown food, especially produce, whenever possible I hope the book convinces others it s worth a try Best reason the taste, way better than whatever gets flown or trucked over from thousands of mile [...]

    2. Patti Mcconnell on said:

      This book is about eating locally or within a 100 mile radius of where the food was grown for a period of one year This couple does not have children and they live in Canada Soey cannot eat salt, wheat products, etc The book is interesting, but at times they spend so much time and energy into finding the food, that it seems like it consumes their entire lives Weekends are spent trying to find local growers, bee keepers for honey, etc They fixed a dinner for 4 and it cost 124.00 because not all l [...]

    3. Kate on said:

      I really enjoyed reading this book It added enough descriptiveness and flourish to the storyline to make than a cut and dry how to non fiction about healthy eating I live in Alberta, but want to move to Vancouver when I m in grad school, so this will definitely help me with figuring out what is local and good to eat I had to read this for school, but I m glad I did, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to support local farms and eat a little bit healthier.

    4. Lauren Ames on said:

      A really quick and thoughtful read, not at all what I d expected This book manages to talk about our crazy and depressing food system without actually making me depressed There were a few things that I wasn t a fan of but overall I enjoyed it The statistics and scientific background of local eating and global food systems were things I was familiar with, but it was interesting to read about it from a personal perspective, with the facts being a part of a personal experience rather than an acade [...]

    5. Delaney on said:

      his is a very well written, interesting and funny book It has a lot of really useful information about, of course, eating locally, but also about random bits of history as well as some intriguing recipes It is very readable, as if you are having a friendly conversation with James and Alisa It s quite personal too, delving into the minds, troubles and triumphs of the authors It is completely inspiring and helps you realize how possible it is to understand what you re eating, how it s produced and [...]

    6. Julia on said:

      I really enjoyed reading it I thought it would be slow going like reading a textbook, but instead it was a 1 year biography snapshot into this couples life experiment Each chapter alternates author, which keeps it interesting I would definitely recommend it, in fact, I have.

    7. Denise Yuen on said:

      Loved the story that chronicled the joys and difficulties in trying to eat and source all food within a 100 mile radius for a year Made me really think how far my food travels and has inspired me to make a concerted effort to eat locally

    8. Tony Fecteau on said:

      Very interesting My wife and I try to live this way, but are not quite as fanatical about it We love local produce and will choose it if it is available The stories and issues that come up in this book are great A big eye opener for me in some cases.

    9. Ariel on said:

      Made me very, very hungry Also made me very thankful for farmers markets and local food.

    10. Kim on said:

      What an eye opener Made me think about where all my food comes from and what it takes to get there.ow I could not have done what they did for 1 year

    11. Josie on said:

      This book has inspired me to try to buy locally grown food to reduce my carbon footprint It has also helped to open my eyes to how many miles my food travels just to get to my plate.

    12. Brandy on said:

      Well let me start off by saying that I really wasn t sure about this book I bought it at Value Village for around 3.00 and it sat on my kitchen table for a day or two while I passed by it repeatedly Eventually I picked it up and started reading, and had the unexpected pleasure of finding it very hard to put down It s not my typical fiction novel that captures my interest because of far off lands and lovable characters And yet in some ways it was, because it encompassed a world I was unfamiliar w [...]

    13. Heidi Archer on said:

      I was surprised by how each of the authors made this a delightful story rather than an accounting of their year eating locally within 100 miles of Vancouver, BC I found their intersecting stories both inspiring and a bit overwhelming Is it too late for people to disrupt the corporate food world I m not sure, but I think I d like to try.When the world wearies, and society ceases to satisfy, there is always the garden Minnie Aumonier Man is born free and everywhere is in chain stores Graffiti Ther [...]

    14. Deborah on said:

      A very refreshing read I cannot imagine doing this with 5 to 7 children home at any given time Even as a couple it was challenging for the authors I appreciated the down to earth narrative that wasn t preachy I also enjoyed the history and even current events that related to food and its availability or sadly, sometimes lack of availability If anything, I am now just a little aware of what is landing on our dinner plates.

    15. Sharolyn on said:

      I read this when newly moved to Vancouver from Brisbane so it was cool to read something local I found the authors to be slightly annoying in some of their tone and the way they related as a couple but perhaps that s not really fair as it s not the main point of the book I like the idea of eating locally and this made a contribution to my thinking on the topic.

    16. Skye on said:

      Interesting story about one couples food experiment Personal anecdotes keep the story interesting but I found Alisha s chapters captivating than James.

    17. Megan on said:

      I never realized I could miss apples I will never be able to taste This book is both a quiet journey through a year of a couple s life and an important, unmissable cry for action and change in how we live our lives.

    18. Maija on said:

      A couple both writers draw a 100 mile radius around their home and attempt to eat food solely from this area for a year I found this book interesting and an easy read, but I didn t quite love it Things I liked setting in the NW I went to college in Bellingham, WA, not far from Vancouver, and now live in Portland, OR, so I could relate to the seasons of produce trade off of writing the couple alternates chapter writing I liked the different perspectives and voices, rather than if they d tried to [...]

    19. Jo on said:

      Definitely a great read Last year I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver which was also very good with the exception of the turkey slaughtering chapter but I found this book by Alisa and James a lot easier to relate to In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, the family decides to pack up and leave the city for a year and head out into the country to live on a farm, which is just not something the average person can easily do In this book however, it s about a young co [...]

    20. Mary-Elizabeth on said:

      This was an enjoyable and enlightening book I liked the short recipes that began each chapter and really connected them to the challenge There was a lot descriptive detail than I generally like, but my interest in the topic pulled me through it The authors did a good job of weaving together the idea of eating locally with the effects on their lives The combination of personal narrative, food reporting, and recipes worked well I learned a lot and appreciated the opportunity to reflect on where f [...]

    21. Jayme on said:

      The book that started the local eating diet craze This is the first book that got me thinking about buying local foods Smith and Mackinnon give a great description of their adventure with local eating for a year in Vancouver Also being from Vancouver I found this book doubly interesting I don t think I would have had the same experience if they were talking about the local food culture of a different area The one problem I had with this book was the extreme approach the authors took They decide [...]

    22. Stephanie on said:

      I was excited to read The 100 Mile Diet because there s so much hype surrounding it My husband and I are trying to maintain a diet of local, seasonal food and have read a handful of books on this subject every single one mentions The 100 Mile Diet so I assumed this book was where the eat local philosophy originated Turns out, the concept of eating local seasonal food was very much alive and well long before Alisa Smith and her boyfriend JB MacKinnon started documenting their experience on a blog [...]

    23. Christine on said:

      This is our One Book, One Community choice for 2008 I purchased this book because of that and then put off reading it because I thought it would be a boring this is what we did to save the environment book I was wrong I really enjoyed this book It made me think and definitely made me aware of choices that we make in our lives, which I never considered as having an impact on our environment Could I go so far as to live this way, even for one year NO Again, I thoroughly enjoyed the background fac [...]

    24. Sarah on said:

      I can admit to starting this book a sceptic Not about the wonders of local eating, but about the potential of local reading I was pleasantly surprised by the writing and the subject was a feast in itself Since I live in the Pacific Northwest and this book hails from the Pacific Northwest, I can find the local wine and seaweed, go berry picking, head out to the delta farmlands, and have my visiting prairie family import wheat in their suitcases Had I read this while I still lived in Calgary I pro [...]

    25. Joanna Cabot on said:

      This was a beautifully written and inspirational memoir of a couple who spends one year trying to eat only foods which were grown locally I loved seeing their evolution from clueless experimenters to experienced food preparers Some of their implementations were a little extreme I don t think my partner is in any hurry to clear out a coat closet so we can hang and dry our own chili peppers and hoard potatoes for the winter But I think that any attempt to become closer to the nature or one s origi [...]

    26. Sienna on said:

      Even though it reads a bit like a blog, I enjoyed this book a great deal It s an inspiring and fascinating attempt to block out the dietary tunnel vision and it s a long tunnel that has come to characterize our eating habits The book is not without flaws I cringe at the amount of gas they must have gone through while driving around in search of local food, and could have done without mention of their relationship issues over the course of what was obviously a challenging and exhilarating year St [...]

    27. LibraryCin on said:

      3.25 stars Alisa and James, living in Vancouver, British Columbia, decide to go one year, eating only local foods, which they ve defined as all ingredients made within a 100 mile radius of where they live This book tells about their year, eating locally The chapters alternate between Alisa s and James s points of view.It was interesting, but as much as I like the idea, I just couldn t do it myself Maybe if I was willing to cook, but it seemed to take so much effort Living in a northern, Canadian [...]

    28. Dree on said:

      This book is an entertaining and fast read about a couple who decide to spend a year eating a 100 mile diet in Vancouver, BC Co authored in alternating chapters, the book turns out to be largely a series of anecdotes about hunting for 100 mile wheat, the dearth of local seafood despite being on the ocean, a potato and kale diet, rotting onions, local characters, and home canning It could have been so much , as they finally find local wheat and learn that wheat had been a common crop in the area [...]

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