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The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget [Kindle Edition]

Leda Meredith , Sandor Ellix Katz
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These days, nearly everyone wants to eat green and local, but tight schedules and even tighter budgets can make it seem like an unattainable goal. The Locavore's Handbook: A Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget is here to help! With practical, down-to-earth advice, Leda Meredith guides readers through the process of incorporating locally grown foods into their meals. In a concise book designed for mainstream readers, she discusses budgeting; sourcing, growing, and preserving food; shopping efficiently; and supporting local merchants and planet Earth. Everyone, including time-pressed, cash-strapped urbanites with mini-refrigerators and zero storage space, will find inspiration and a host of helpful, surprising ideas. Brooklyn-based Meredith's tips and tricks are particularly helpful for readers in cooler climes.



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Expanding on 2008's Botany, Ballet and Dinner from Scratch, which chronicled a year of eating nothing that wasn't produced within 250 miles of her Brooklyn home, locavore and urban gardener Meredith presents a practical guide best suited to conscientious foodies in the New York City area. Though much will be familiar to locavores and devotees of Michael Pollan--including the benefits of seasonal eating and the problems of conventional farming methods--Meredith sums up the issues well. Tips on sourcing (particularly from Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) groups), community and urban gardening, and composting provide concrete, succinct steps toward greener food consumption. Meredith also provides thorough tips for getting the most out of farmer's market purchases, including standard meats and produce as well as less familiar foods like fiddlehead ferns and currants; she also provides instructions and steps for preserving a summer bounty and the dos and don'ts of foraging. Though she closes with a list of web references for any zip code, Meredith's more specific tips-and there are many-are largely confined to New York.
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From the Back Cover

The essential guide for anyone with limited time, cash, and space who wants to incorporate locally grown foods into their lifestyle
 
“For most of us, it is not at all straightforward how to restore locavore ethics into our diets and our lives. With this book, Leda Meredith shows us where to start.”
—from the Foreword by Sandor Ellix Katz,
author of Wild Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved
 
These days, more people than ever want to eat green and local, but tight schedules and even tighter budgets can make this seem like an unattainable goal. The Locavore’s Handbook is here to help!

Leda Meredith offers practical, down-to-earth advice as she guides foodies, home cooks, and anyone else interested in the locavore movement through the process of incorporating locally grown foods into meals. Drawing from her own locavore experience, she discusses budgeting; sourcing, growing, and preserving food; shopping efficiently; and supporting local merchants and planet Earth. Everyone, including time-pressed, cash-strapped urbanites with mini-refrigerators and zero storage space, will find inspiration and a host of helpful ideas.

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  • File Size: 3931 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; First edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003PDMMSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #980,932 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone - a great read! May 6, 2010
Format:Paperback
If you think that you can't eat local because you don't live on a homestead, can't afford it, or don't have time to cook, this book is for you! The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget is an easy, encouraging read that's great for anyone who is just starting down their eating local journey.

For once, a book that actually delivers what it promises! If you ever read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingslover and thought "that's nice, but that would never work for me," this book is for you. What I especially love is that while she covers a lot of ground, she never makes you feel bad for not "doing enough." If you've read enough blogs and local eating websites you know what I'm talking about. In fact she ends each chapter with "If you do just one thing . . . " a section that gives one tip you can implement no matter where you are.

Not just for newbies, as I learned a few things and I feel like I've been at this for awhile. For example she gives a great overview of things you can forage (fiddleheads, for example) and some great recipes (dandelion coffee, nasty bits). And gives handy charts such as what to plant when and how to organize your refrigerator.

It's well organized and will be on my reference shelf for quite some time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book of the Times April 6, 2010
Format:Paperback
As the awareness around local food is expanding this book arrives at the right time. And not only that, for those of us wanting to eat healthy, well and with consciousness on a reasonable budget this is the book to read! The author writes with great humor and from her personal urban experiences which show her understanding of and compassion for the challenges of trying to change our ways in these already way too busy and demanding times. A real gem if you want to move to the next level of awareness and action in living a sustainable lifestyle...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic resource. May 27, 2010
By DH
Format:Paperback
Leda Meredith 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. A great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A 'locavore' is someone who prefers to eat locally grown, locally sold foods. Leda Meredith is a dedicated practitioner of the locavore lifestyle and has drawn upon her considerable experience and expertise in "The Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide to Eating Local on a Budget" to present 'real-world' practical advice and information on budgeting, sourcing, growing, and preserving food, as well as shopping efficiently, supporting local providers and merchants -- and the planet itself. A 208-page 'user friendly' compendium, "The Locavore's Handbook" will prove to be an informed, informative, and highly rewarding read. Of special note are the chapters on 'Sourcing Local Food'; 'Simple Food Preservation'; and 'Feasting for Free'. Enhanced with an extensive list of 'Useful Resources' and a comprehensive Index, "The Locavore's Handbook " is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal and community library collections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands on, essential advice May 25, 2010
By NYC fan
Format:Paperback
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 (even in tiny NYC apartments!), 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. Leda's examples are helpful and motivating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, Well-Written April 14, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you buy just one book to loan to your friends to convince them to eat locally, this should be the one. She packs a TON of information into this one slim handbook, fully outlining the "whys" and "hows" of eating locally. If you like this book, you should also check out her book "Northeast Foraging."
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More About the Author

Lifelong forager, food preservation expert for About.com, blogger for Mother Earth News, locavore, sustainable food systems educator, former professional dancer (yep, one of these things is not like the others ;)

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