When I finished Omnivore’s Dilemma it changed my feelings forever about consumption. The question in my mind though was “okay, but what can I do as an individual?” Many of the “wrongs” (destructive farm policies, argibusiness lobbyists) seem out of reach. For me the perfect follow up was to read Barbara Kingsolver’s book. Her account of the year her family spent growing (then canning) tomatoes, raising chickens (for eggs), Red Bourbon turkeys etc put a beautiful, celebratory face on local consumption. I really enjoyed the intelligent, practical way the family solved their local producing/consuming dilemmas. I am taking on some new gardening projects this year bolstered by last year’s successes. I also put down an installment for a “share” in Helsington Junction Farm! 4 years ago
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How I did it: I borrowed it from the library because I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend a lot of money on it. I knew from the reviews on Amazon that some people found her tone to be "preachy" and were turned off by that. But I enjoyed the book and got a lot out of it. The only reason it took me a month to read it is that I have two jobs and a toddler -- hard to find time to read!
This book inspired me to try making homemade mozzarella, and I'm having a lot of fun with that. Read how I did it… 3 years ago
I’ve seen it mentioned in the same “breath” as “Omnivore’s Dilemma” several times. Yesterday in the PCC market I saw a book “Chefs on the Farm” about Quillisascut Farm. When I looked at Quillisascut Farm’s website they mentioned the book as well. AVM should arrive Wednesday next week. 4 years ago
After this book – I’m even more committed to eating locally—planning to make some cheese just as soon as the stores open up again this year… I’m gonna try cheddar this time!! 5 years ago
‘asparagus, a love story’
so far so good, reading it out loud, so it’s taking a while.. 5 years ago
I struggled (& eventually gave up on) a month.
I /do/ strive more than before to source my food from local farmers & merchants, but this is REALLY hard, & if you ever just wanna go out with friends, it’s a great challenge. 5 years ago