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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: New World Publishing (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963281453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963281456
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,418,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jasia Steinmetz breaks the process (of eating local) down, presenting her argument for fresher food, using shopping savvy and excellent recipes throughout. Eat Local is a must for those who want to join in on the local food movement throughout the country." - Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch Dec. 2011

"Will your summer include shopping at a farmers' market? Do you want to enjoy food more and feel that what you eat is truly healthy? If so, this "Eat Local" handbook will help you personalize whole food choices and ask questions of the people who grow your food. This guide provides answers for the beginning locally-grown shopper as a well as the more advanced. Enjoy!" – Julie Metcalf Cull, R.D., author of Food for Life: A Guidebook to Better Eating, Better Living

About the Author

Jasia (Jayne) Steinmetz, author of Eat Local: Simples Steps to Enjoy Real, Healthy & Affordable Food,  is a teacher and gardener who believes that good food is vital for good health - and that local, sustainable food is good for not only ourselves but our society. She and her husband, Jeff, live in rural Wisconsin where they grow most of the produce they eat during the year and purchase directly from farmers for the rest of their meals. Jasia's passion is to educate people about the impact of their food choices and to promote a food system that is sustainable for generations.
Jasia is a founding member and current Board member of the Central Rivers Farmshed, a community group which promotes local food and supports local farmers. She is also a food and nutrition professor at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the School of Health Promotion & Human Development, as well as a Registered Dietitian whose teaching career focuses on health promotion and sustainable, local food systems. Her areas of expertise include sustainable food systems, community food security and community nutrition.

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Jasia (Jayne) Steinmetz, author of Eat Local: Simples Steps to Enjoy Real, Healthy & Affordable Food, is a teacher and gardener who believes that good food is vital for good health - and that local, sustainable food is good for not only ourselves but our society. She and her husband, Jeff, live in rural Wisconsin where they grow most of the produce they eat during the year and purchase directly from farmers for the rest of their meals. Jasia's passion is to educate people about the impact of their food choices and to promote a food system that is sustainable for generations.

Jasia is a founding member and current Board member of the Central Rivers Farmshed, a community group which promotes local food and supports local farmers. She is also a food and nutrition professor at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the School of Health Promotion & Human Development, as well as a Registered Dietitian whose teaching career focuses on health promotion and sustainable, local food systems. Her areas of expertise include sustainable food systems, community food security and community nutrition.

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I highly recommend this book for all who eat.
Lynn M
I finished this book in a local restaurant and it gave me the motivation to ask about how much of their food is locally sourced!
sarahchit
She gently leads us down each of these avenues and shows us how to optimize our food acquisition process.
GENE GERUE

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sarahchit on October 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I thought I knew a lot about eating local already, but it turns out there was tons more to learn. I think this book would appeal to those new to eating local as well as those fairly well-versed in it. I finished this book in a local restaurant and it gave me the motivation to ask about how much of their food is locally sourced! As a a result, I feel better about supporting this establishment and feel like a more educated consumer.

There are a few points that she repeats throughout the text...at first, I was confused by the repetition, but now see that they have become some of my main take-aways without having to go back to the book. For the more specific points, though, I appreciate the "Simple Steps" that follow each chapter - they summarize important points while including extra info as relevant.

In addition, I appreciated the personal tidbits of the author. I feel as though so many "how to" guides are impersonal to the point where they feel created for a non-being. Reading her personal notes made me feel as though she's come through this journey as well.

Overall, though, I've felt rather helpless in the whole "runaway food system" as the book references. I've often felt like I needed to do something, but didn't know how. This book gave me concrete ways to take action and I now feel like I have some concrete steps with which to do so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn M on November 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
In this book Jasia Steinmetz uses personal stories to capture how food connects us to our families and friends. She then goes on to describe how eating local food can enrich our community as we learn the stories behind our food - the stories of our local farmers and how they grow our food. In short, easy-to-read chapters Jasia highlights how eating local can help us save money, improve our health, support local farmers, create jobs in our local community, and so much more. This book helped me see how our food choices affect our health, as well as how food is a large part of our culture and how we share our values with others. I highly recommend this book for all who eat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sutupper on October 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
No matter where you are at in finding and eating local foods, this book has something for you. It contains simple steps and ideas to get your mind thinking about eating well by eating local. Though beginners especially will find it chock full of ideas presented in easy steps, even I, who am a confirmed locavore found some new information. This is definitely the most comprehensive book on eating local that I have ever seen. I especially appreciated the chapters dealing with the philosophy of using organic and sustainable foods. The author convinces us that eating local is not hard and the health benefits to ourselves and economic benefits to our communities make it so worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graciela Sholander on October 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Without a doubt, this is a definitive guide to eating locally grown food, from where to find it to how to prepare it, plus money-saving tips, questions to ask at the store, community efforts to plug into, and much more.

The author, Jasia Steinmetz, knows about food - she's a clinical dietitian and a community nutritionist, as well as a college professor. These roles enable her to see the bigger picture; she knows which foods are healthy for you, and she understands the factors that influence availability and affordability of fresh, nutritious fare. One of the key points Steinmetz makes is that what's available is determined by what we choose to eat: every forkful that's consumed influences our future food supply. She emphasizes that we have that kind of power, and it's time to claim it.

Why should we care about eating local? The author points out that our current food choices are leading to obesity, pollution from pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, overly processed foods lacking nutritional value, and other problems. By being conscientious of our food consumption, we can start to reduce the incidence and extent of these issues.

Not only is "Eat Local" an informative read, it's also an enjoyable one. Steinmetz writes with both authority and passion, analyzing local food from all angles to provide the reader with a complete big picture. She also encourages readers to celebrate local food and all its glory, from culture and community to variety and biodiversity. The information is presented nicely, with Q&A sections and summaries to break up the material into smaller, bite-size portions.

Everyone can take away something from this book. Whether or not you cook, and whether or not you grow a garden, you will learn how to make better food choices and how to help the next generation do the same. "Eat Local" is a book you'll want to keep in the kitchen and refer to again and again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GENE GERUE on September 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Jasia Steinmetz is serious about food. She and her husband garden, and what they don't grow they buy from local farmers. She is a professor who teaches nutrition and she walks her talk.

The health of everyone, especially the children, is declining--this generation will live shorter lives than their parents or grandparents. The level of obesity today is a shameful disgrace. Agri-business fruits, vegetables and meats are produced with pesticides and herbicides, with antibiotics and growth hormones, poisoning the soil and weakening the people. It is produced far away and distributed using way too much fuel.

As several someone's have almost certainly said, shipping shallots from California to Cincinnati is simply silly and makes no sense. Such a scenario sends our food dollars far away from our communities and in turn we get substandard produce that was chosen to be planted because it ships well, was picked before it was ripe, used unnecessary oil to move it across the country, and rewards a long line of middlemen. The better way by far is to buy our food from local food producers who we can meet, question, visit their farms, ask their recommendations for selection and preparation, and eliminate all those middle people, thereby keeping our food dollars in our community.

There is much about our food system that is deplorable, even criminal, but Steinmetz does not dwell on that; rather, she shows how we can take control of our nutrition by buying through food co-ops, CSAs, U-Pick operations, buying clubs, and farmer's markets. She gently leads us down each of these avenues and shows us how to optimize our food acquisition process.
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