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Blessing the Hands that Feed Us

Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on EarthBlessing The Hand That Feed Us – Audiobook
By Vicki Robin
Tantor
Retail Price $26.95
Amazon Price: $20.31

Book Description:

The bestselling coauthor of Your Money or Your Life chronicles her quest to eat food produced within 10 miles of her home. Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling author and social innovator Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her sustainable diet not only brings to light society’s unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment.

Like Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and the bestselling books of Michael Pollan, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is part personal narrative and part global manifesto. By challenging herself to eat and buy local, Robin exposes the cause and effect of the food business, from the processed goods laden with sugar, fat, and preservatives to the trucks burning through fuel to bring them to a shelf near you.

Robin’s journey is also one of community as she befriends all the neighboring farmers who epitomize the sustainable lifestyle. Among them are Tricia, the prolific market gardener who issued Robin’s 10-mile challenge; Britt and Eric, two young, enthusiastic farmers living their dream of self-sufficiency; and Vicky, a former corporate executive turned milk producer.

Featuring recipes throughout, along with practical tips on adopting your own locally sourced diet, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is an inspirational guide and testimonial to the locavore movement and a healthy food future.

 

Review

The author has learned by experience how to eat locally, and how to do it as efficiently and easily as possible. Her argument about the value of eating foods in season was particularly interesting to me — I’ve gotten used to eating whatever I want whenever I want it, but there is something really compelling about connecting to what the earth wants to offer in a more intimate way. This is an essential read for anyone who is interested in the locavore movement — whether you’re a novice or hard core. She has super tips for shopping and storing food and recipes that are actually affordable and easy to make. Before this book, I wouldn’t have thought it possible to enjoy eating local in the city. Her examples are helpful and motivating. A great book.

~Reviewed by Brandi K.

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