- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Lyons Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762755482
- ISBN-13: 978-0762755486
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Locavore's Handbook: The Busy Person's Guide To Eating Local On A Budget Paperback – April 1, 2010
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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
—from the Foreword by Sandor Ellix Katz,
author of Wild Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved
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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Meredith is a New Yorker, and she mostly gives information as to how to organize one's life to eat local as much as possible, in order to reduce one's carbon footprint - that said, she does give hints as to where you might look if you are in another part of the country. (The basics will apply if you live in another country, but you will just have to find your own way to the resources).
I'll admit that, on differing levels, I knew most of this information (as I said, I bought this book by accident), but she addresses a number of issues which are near and dear to my heart - I live in a tiny New York City apartment, and she suggests storage ideas that I might not have thought of (as it is - one of her ideas will work for me, but in a different way!
Meredith is not a raw foodist, but, I think we are all grown up enough that we can read books and get what we need from them. She talks extensively about foraging, community gardening, CSAs, food coops, and home organization issues. In my reading today - I have already gotten 6 ideas I can implement soon (just need to wait for a paycheck). I have also gotten some ideas about how I can remodel my kitchen and apartment to include more storage space.
If you are interested in eating local or organic, or if you live in a tiny New York apartment, or both, and you want to organize a locavore/vegan/vegan kitcheen, this is the book for you. I cannot recommend this book highly enough
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.