||[Jul. 24th, 2008|02:21 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
While sitting up last night, I finished Plenty by Alisa Smith & J.B. Mackinnon (it's out in paperback).
Part memoir, part love letter to the Pacific Northwest, and part discussion starter on the alienation many Americans and Canadians feel from their food, it was surprisingly absorbing.
It also helped give me some perspective on our struggles with our CSA and trying to eat some of it and put some of it up and just giving up and letting the rest of it go bad and get fed to my worms.
I heard an interview with Barbara Kingsolver on NPR (I think) and was interested in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara & Camille Kingsolver and Steven L. Hopp, but it's a more recent book. I knew I'd heard of the "eating locally" phenomenon in book form BEFORE Kingsolver, and while browsing the Porter Square Books' cooking & food writing section (looking for some sort of New England-based seasonal cookbook), I found Plenty and remembered that THAT was the book I'd originally wanted to read.
Part of my confusion is that I think this book has had three names. Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally and Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet as well as The Hundred Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating. I think I first started hearing about their experiment (or the book) around 2005, which is when they did the blog for the The Tyee.
Highly recommended, especially if you're feeling a little overwhelmed by the gas crisis, the farmshare craze, the farmer's markets, and all that craziness that presses in on us.