The 100 Mile Diet

The 100 Mile Diet

A Year of Local Eating

Book - 2007
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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 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 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 foranybody, anywhere. Call me naive, but I never knew that flour would bestruck 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
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2007
ISBN: 9780679314820
Branch Call Number: 641.09711 S64o
338.109711 S64o
Characteristics: 266 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: MacKinnon, J. B. (James Bernard), 1970-


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After discovering that most of their food came from over 1500 miles away, Vancouver residents Alisa Smith and James Mackinnon resolved to eat only local food produced within a hundred miles of their city. You may find this memoir interesting if you enjoyed reading Year of Living Bibically by A. ... Read More »

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Jan 03, 2013

Quite thought-provoking on where our food comes from these days. Definitely not preachy, and sometimes a very personal account of their struggles - both with each other and their 100-mile diet - throughout the book. Highly recommend it!

Nov 25, 2011

A great book to help foster a love of good food (where good means fresh, tasty and nutritious).

Jan 24, 2011

The couple engaging on the 100 mile diet (in Vancouver, BC) take turns writing chapters that progress monthly. A bit flowery at times.

It's interesting seeing their two points of view and it gets very personal, right into relationship issues.

This is not a how to guide. Rather, it is a personal account of their adventure and thoughts and progress.

A few recipes are provided at the beginning of chapters.

Mar 31, 2010

They say that "you are what you eat." The 100-Mile Diet also shows that 'who you are is what you eat.'

The book follows the story of Alise and James as they challenge themselves to a year of eating local. What they discover is a lot of interesting food and the stories of the people from whom they buy it from.

100-mile diet is not so much about altruistic ideals about saving the environment or rejecting capitalism, rather it is an invitation to engage in and enjoy the environment and community that is outside our front door.

I have recommended this book to a number of friends.

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