Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: February 24, 2009
Publisher: Random House of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307371174
ISBN - 13: 9780307371171
From the Publisher
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 only consume food that came from within a 100-mile
radius of their Vancouver apartment. The 100-Mile Diet was
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 more. 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 Diet
From the Hardcover edition.