From Publishers Weekly
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.