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Saturday May 5


Book Talk

Join Book Passage on Saturday, May 05, 2007, 2:00 PM  when authors Alisa Smith & J.B. MacKinnon talk about Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally. The typical ingredient in a North American meal travels 2,000 miles before it hits the dinner plate, a fact authors Alisa Smith and J. B. MacKinnon found alarming. This type of eating adds to pollution and alienates us from the natural world. Vowing to reconnect with nature and get off what they dubbed the the "SUV Diet," Smith and MacKinnon decided to spend one year eating only foods locally grown and produced within a 100-mile radius of their home. From the shared satisfaction of eating food they grew themselves to battles over who would can the overripe fruit, Smith and MacKinnon share the adventures, benefits, and pitfalls of eating locally. Featuring a chapter and seasonally appropriate recipe per month of the experiment, Plenty is a vibrant, colorful, and wonderfully entertaining lens through which to look at the bigger picture. By using this food-focused experiment as a way to think aloud about globalization, monoculture, the oil economy, environmental collapse, and community, the authors share with us a meaningful way to relate to the very essence of human survival: the food we eat.

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