The 100-mile Diet

The 100-mile Diet

A Year of Local Eating

eBook - 2009
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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...
Publisher: New York : Vintage Canada, 2009
ISBN: 9780307371171
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: One hundred mile diet

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magsdaisy17
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!

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sharon711
Nov 25, 2011

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

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Kuma
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.

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richardw
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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