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On the challenges which could have made the book much interesting We #are left with a smattering of the two authors personal philosophies of #left with a smattering of the two authors personal philosophies of a smattering of stories about their attempts to ind local ood about their relationship issues a tiny bit about the monotony that they encountered in the winter months and no sense of wonder at their experiment at all The word raucous in the title is particularly misleading as the two authors are singularly serious and stodgy This Book Should Have book should have a lot unGiven that they grew very little The New Odyssey: The Story of Europe's Refugee Crisis food themselves and instead purchased it I was expecting that they would spend time delving in to the history of supermarkets and how we got to where we are today or possibly something comprehensive about localood systems around North America or even of a profile of the local sources they did The Jumbee find The story was too internallyocused They could have used their journalism experience to give us something a little complex Instead a To Helvetica and Back few of the chapters are basically shopping expeditionsI think I may have gotten as much if I had just read a single essay rather than the whole book as the insight was relatively shallow One man one woman and a raucous year of eating locally is the taglineor this book I m not sure if I d describe it as raucous tumultuous maybe but raucous noThe book Simple Art of Greatness follows Alisa James as they try to eat within 100 miles of their home in Vancouver Canada Their endeavour sees them eat wheat complete with mouse droppings stink their house out in an effort to make sauerkrat and nearly come to blows over canning of tomatoesI enjoyed the book a lot and thought it gave a very realistic interpretation of life trying to eat sustainability a picnic it is not We have an emotional connection to ourood and often this is reflected back into our daily lives Despite the trials and tribulations of the adventure I think this is ar healthy than the emotional ree existence we seem to strive or in modern society Its hard to get upset angry or passionate about a happy mealI only gave the book 4 stars because I am becoming and dubious about these boundary setting regimes At one point in the book a ellow local eater tells Alisa that they ve set their limit to 250 miles to allow them to access certain A Burglar's Guide to the City favouriteoods I now am seeing these things as a money making exploit by journalists eager to tap into our inner concerns and exploit our hope The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth for utopia by living out our dreams Mostly they turn out to be unrealistic unachievable and just a exercise in navel gazing At one point James spends hours at the kitchen table seperating wheatrom mouse poo I mean seriously who does thatNevertheless when they were talking about the American Apocalypse: The Great Fire and the Myth of Chicago food they were passionate and it invoked some recentlyamiliar emotions of my own in relation to seasonal ood The book also contained some crazy recipes which was a nice touch and a ew interesting Stories for a Romantic Heart: Over One Hundred Treasures to Touch Your Soul facts and insights For example seasonal eating allows us to vary our diets without really trying we ve all heard the stastic that we just rotate 10 meals which means we dont get the diversity and depth of nutrition our bodies reuire at one point we learn that the average north american gets 50% of their vegetable intakerom iceberg lettuce canned tomatoes and potatoes nutricious A good read just not uite as good as some of the other Spain in Mind foodie books I ve tackled lately I chose to give this book the rarely by me profferedive stars not because of the brilliance of the writing itself but because this couple s story was a The Inheritance: Part 1 fine example of ethicalrustration of choosing mindful living because this couple s story was a The Curious World Of Christmas fine example of ethicalrustration of choosing mindful living surrounded by overwhelming and seemingly unchangeable insanity Because they put it out there to enlighten inspire and hopefully make us pause as we contemplate their motivations and the notable efforts of others such as Michael Pollan Jamie Oliver Deborah Madisonjust to name a ew But mostly I was simply charmed by their informal and surprisingly emotionally honest tale. Mile Diet is a pathway home or anybody anywhere Call me naive but I never knew that The Best Canadian Animal Stories flour would be struckrom our 100 Mile Diet Wheat products are just so ubiuitous “the staff of life” that I had hazily imagined the stuff must be grown everywhere But of course I had never seen a ield of wheat anywhere close to Vancouver and my mental images of late afternoon light alling on golden ields of grain were all rom my childhood on the Canadian prairies What I was able to The Commemerative 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 sorryor me Would it be a year until I tasted a pie From The 100 Mile Diet From the Hardcover edition. Ll the cooking Similar to other titles in that it The Magnesium Factor follows the authors as they challenge themselves to eat locallyor a year this book sets itself apart by going deeper into the history of their area in regard to the oods that once sustained locals and the changes that have occurred to go rom local The Undrowned Child food sources to our now reliance on globalood sources Definitely worth a read Oh my the dreaded one star review I must say I went into this book with high hopes and ended up uite disappointed It seems like a book I would love a couple around my age living in Vancouver and trying to spend one year living on only The Summer House food that was grown or raised within 100 miles of their home In our society these days this is no easy task They have predictable adventures trying toind difficult to locate Before My Heart Stops: A Memoir foodslour salt anything but potatoes in the winter etc but in the end the stories were mild and unamusing The couple takes turns writing one chapter after the other and although it is occasionally interesting to hear their differing takes on the same subjects neither of them possess the skill to keep the reader enthused and splitting the workload did nothing to solve that deficiency The book was crafted rom a blog that the couple kept while practicing the 100 mile diet and it reeks of

blog at every 
at every In act the most interesting sections were ones that were not in their blog such as a sojourn or a month avail rom The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day friends computers and telephones in a cabin in the northern wilds of British Columbia There are recipes in the book as well Most of them would be impossibleor me to create with ingredients Green Metropolis: The Extraordinary Landscapes of New York City as Nature, History, and Design from less than 100 miles away Goigure For a much better book on the same Subject Try Animal Vegetable Miracle try Animal Vegetable Miracle Barbara Kingsolver I should begin by disclosing that I was rom minute one hugely troubled by the #Use Of The Word Raucous In The #of the word raucous in the If it is indeed possible to eat in a raucous manner I don t want to hear about it much less a year s worth of it Shudder You can keep your rowdy disorderly strident eating to yourself One is left to assume then that the authors or a particularly misguided set of marketing people use raucous as do with great reuency the college women I work with who are otherwise charming if Republican to signify extreme in a really un way I would object mildly to this too since it s non standard without actually being cool edgy resh or descriptiveInstead however I m orced to object strongly In act that catastrophically mischosen adjective becomes a synecdoche Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability for what s wrong with the book Here s the thing Ms Smith and Mr MacKinnon do not in the entire course of the book do anything rowdy disorderly or strident Additionally they are neither extreme nor reallyun They are both very capable The Curious World of Wine: Facts, Legends, and Lore About the Drink We Love So Much fluid writers and they are earnest honest and genuine in their attempt to live offoods produced within 100 miles of their Vancouver apartment But they re not American Hunger: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Washington Post Series fun orunny They ve written a semi The Mother Zone furious ultra serious manifesto with granted a lot of interestingacts about carbon The Void footprints and the history of agriculture and are trying to sell it with that word raucous as a light hearted harmonic memoir of the New Young Green those wild and crazy guys The tone is off and so both authors end up coming across as stodgy hidebound kind of unlikeable This book was good but not as good as Barbara Kingsolver s Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food Life which unfortunatelyor Smith I had read The Poke Cookbook: The Freshest Way to Eat Fish firstThe bookails due to a compromise of two opposing styles the epistolary style of the blog that precedes the book and the cohesive narrative needed or a ull length book Smith does not do a great job at this merger and it s The Somme: Heroism and Horror in the First World War further hurt by the changing in perspective between her and her partner Instead of a narrative the book reads like a series of vignettes about their clumsy experiments in localood The approach that they took also appeared to be haphazard rather than organized but they don t dwell. Ways close at hand They met the revolutionary Sicilian Lives farmers and modern day hunter gatherers who are changing the way we think aboutood They got personal with issues ranging Tattoo a Banana: And Other Ways to Turn Anything and Everything Into Art from global economics to biodiversity They called on the wisdom of grandmothers and immersed themselves in the seasons They discovered a host of newlavours Alice Oliver from gooseberry wine to sunchokes to turnip sandwichesoods that they never would have guessed were on their doorstepThe 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 The Protestant Temperament full storyrom the insights to the kitchen disasters as the authors transform That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book from megamart shoppers to self sufficient urban pioneers The 100. What I liked about this book Ieel like both of the authors but particularly Alisa were able to capture the sense of wonder that I have The Radiant Child felt about discovering whereood comes The Best American Crime Writing from andeeling so much closer to it when you know the source I was never particularly interested in The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data food or where it camerom until my husband became a armer but now that I regularly and or some meals exclusively eat Tempting Eden food camerom a arm 20 miles away and was picked that very afternoon by Kurt s away and was picked that very afternoon by Kurt s hands eating is a whole new experience I loved that this book was able to put into words those eelings that I have had since we have been Talking to Dragons fortunate enough to start eating mostly locallyWhat I didn t like about this bookirst of all there was nothing raucous about it That part of the subtitle is totally misleading Parts of the book alternated between dry history lessons and scolding sessions about how we are wasting the earth s resources Also I don t think that the authors uite realize that Three Times the Love for a lot of people eating locally just isn t in the budget or they don t have access to it It would certainly be nice if everyone could eat locally grown vegetables every day but that just isn t an optionor a lot of people It made me curious how they two writers could afford to eat so well on their incomes goalsThe amount of effort to live this way be able to experiment life this way does not blind the reader into thinking this is an easy way to eat to live in the modern world However how I wish to tryWritten together The Drowning Man from each perspective the act of eating so mindfullyor a year probably changed in the lives of Smith MacKinnon than any of us know I would love to have known their biomarkers before after this year They lost weight yes but I imagine their health overall vastly improved Again goals This was similar in many ways to Kingsolver s Animal Vegetable Miracle in that it is a year long experiment in eating only local The Bride of Willow Creek foods Kingsolver is a much better writer and I enjoyed reading her book Plenty did however supply what I thought was lacking in the other book realism Plenty documents the difficulties in trying to eat locally struggling to live without wheatflour trying to store potatoes in an urban apartment staying within a budgettheirirst dinner cost over 100 and the strain that GREAT INVESTMENT, THE foragingpreservingcanning placed on their relationship On the plus side their hundred mile radius overlaps on mine so should I choose to undertake this experiment I ve got some great resources to help me I think both books make the point that local eating is not very practical I mean the authors really have to go out of their way and workor it you know They both eel strongly that it is worth the time and effort and they make sacrifices accordingly Both books speak of being connected to the environment to the community to one s own body and its needs and even better connections to their amilies I loved the salty ending and how they The Lively Art of Writing found solutions to all of the major challenges theyaced I remember reading some negative reviews before I read the book but decided to give it a try anyway I really enjoyed the book The authors took turns telling their story about how they spent a year eating only the ood that could be produced within a a year eating only the ood that could be produced within a miles rom their home I thought it was interesting when the author told little side bits and sometimes I would inding myself thinking Wait this is suppose to be about eating local it s all very interesting but how does it tie in and then they would tie the point in very nicely I m very interested in eating local oods but I have a hard time putting my money where my mouth is An interesting note however about the several books I have read on this topic is that the husband was the one doing all the cooking It was his idea to eat locally and sometimes he took his wife along kicking and screaming Perhaps I would have an easier time doing this if I convinced my husband it was his idea and that he needed to do The remarkable amusing and inspiring adventures of a Canadian couple who make a year long attempt #to eat oods grown and produced within a 100 mile radius of their apartmentWhen Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon learned that #eat oods grown and produced within a 100 mile radius of their apartmentWhen Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon learned that average ingredient in a North American meal travels 1500 miles rom arm 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 ood that came rom within a 100 mile radius of their Vancouver apartment The 100 Mile Diet was bornThe couple’s discoveries sometimes shook their resolve It would be a year without sugar Cheerios olive oil rice Pizza Pops beer and much much Yet local eating has turned out to be a life lesson in pleasures that are al.

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Plenty One Man One Woman and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally