Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 288 pages, 3.15 × 2.07 × 0.31 in
Published: October 2, 2007
Publisher: Random House of Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0679314830
ISBN - 13: 9780679314837
Read from the Book
March Man is born free and everywhere is in chain stores. Graffiti The year of eating locally began with one beautiful meal and one ugly statistic. First, the meal. What we had on hand, really, was a head of cabbage. Deep inside its brainwork of folds it was probably nourishing enough, but the outer layers were greasy with rot, as though the vegetable were trying to be a metaphor for something. We had company to feed, and a three-week-old cabbage to offer them. It wasn’t as though we could step out to the local megamart. We – Alisa and I – were at our “cottage” in northern British Columbia, more honestly a drafty, jauntily leaning, eighty-year-old homestead that squats in a clearing between Sitka spruce and western redcedar trees large enough to crush it into splinters with the sweep of a limb. The front door looks out on a jumble of mountains named after long-forgotten British lords, from the peaks of which you can see, just to the northwest, the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle. There is no corner store here. In fact, there is no electricity, no flush toilet, and no running water but for the Skeena River rapids known as the Devil’s Elbow. They’re just outside the back door. Our nearest neighbour is a black bear. There are also no roads. In fact, the only ways in or out are by canoe, by foot over the distance of a half-marathon to the nearest highway, or by the passenger train that passes once or twice a day, and not at all on Tu
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.
About the Author
Alisa Smith, a Vancouver-based freelance writer who has been
nominated for a National Magazine Award, has been published in
Outside, Explore, Canadian Geographic,
Reader's Digest, Utne, and many other
periodicals. The books Way Out There and
Liberalized feature her work.
J.B. MacKinnon is the author of Dead Man in
Paradise, which won the 2006 Charles Taylor Prize for
Literary Non-fiction. His feature reportage on issues ranging from
African prisons to anarchism in America has earned three National
From the Hardcover edition.
"Nothing you eat will look the same! This inspiring and
enlightening book will give you plenty to chew on."
-Deborah Madison, author of Local Flavors: Cooking and
Eating from America's Farmers' Markets
"The 100-Mile Diet is inspiring in its honest
striving to discover what has been all but lost."
-The Gazette (Montreal)
"Engaging, thoughtful essays packed with natural, historical and
-The New York Times
"A highly readable, sometimes funny, and very personal book-with
just the right nutrient content of hard fact to balance the spice
-Times Colonist (Victoria)