Locavores


Locavore: Someone who eats exclusively – or at least primarily – food from their local area.

Local: ‘‘(I) the locality or region in which the final product is marketed, so that the total distance that the product is transported is less than 400 miles from the origin of the product; or ‘‘(II) the State in which the product is produced. ( http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:h2419:)

This has become the “it” foodie diet of the 2000’s.  What started as “hippy-commune” type thinking is rapidly becoming mainstream within our society.  With more books being published about eating locally or growing your own food,  don’t get lost in this wild new world.

I just finished reading The 100-Mile Diet by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon after asking around about what would be a good book on the subject of locavore.  I feel a little embarrassed that I haven’t read this sooner.  Filled with funny ancedotes and interesting information about eating locally within the Vancouver area, this book is a “must-have” read for foodies everywhere.  Showing people that eating locally doesn’t have to be boring (but definitely a lot of work!), Alisa and J.B. end every chapter with a recipe that can be created with stuff from either your backyard or the farmer’s market… and within a reasonable price range.

Other great books about the new locavore movement:

Locavore by Sarah Elton

Strawberries in January, fresh tomatoes year-round and New Zealand lamb — these well-traveled foods which we pile regularly into our shopping carts have a carbon imprint the size of an SUV. Now, a burgeoning local food movement taking place in Canadian cities and on Canadian farms is changing the way we eat and think about food. Locavore tells the stories of how foodies, 100-milers, urbanites, farmers, gardeners, chefs and just plain old folks in Canada are creating a new local food order that has the potential to fight climate change and feed us all. Part front-line reporting, part analysis, part passionate description of food, this book shows how the pieces of a post-industrial food system are being assembled by an interesting cast of characters who want to reclaim food as their own. From city-dwellers keeping chickens in their backyards to Ontario farmers shunning national grocery chains and selling their meat from the backs of their trucks, from the fastidious seed savers who are collecting and preserving the genetic material of heritage plants to the artisan cheese-makers of Quebec, this book tells the stories of a diverse cast of characters and lays out a blueprint for a new local food order. (chapters.ca)

 

The Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Persons Guide to Eating Local on a Budget by Leda Meredith

(from jacket) These days, nearly everyone wants to eat green and local, but tight schedules and even tighter budgets can make it seem like an unattainable goal. The Locavore”s Handbook: A Busy Person”s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget is here to help! With practical, down-to-earth advice, Leda Meredith guides readers through the process of incorporating locally grown foods into their meals. In a concise book designed for mainstream readers, she discusses budgeting; sourcing, growing, and preserving food; shopping efficiently; and supporting local merchants and planet Earth. Everyone, including time-pressed, cash-strapped urbanites with mini-refrigerators and zero storage space, will find inspiration and a host of helpful, surprising ideas. Brooklyn-based Meredith”s tips and tricks are particularly helpful for readers in cooler climes. (chapters.ca)

 

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