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Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally chapter 1 Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, meaning Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, genre Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, book cover Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, flies Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally, Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally d685da20adc32 Like Many Great Adventures, The Mile Diet Began With A Memorable Feast Stranded In Their Off The Grid Summer Cottage In The Canadian Wilderness With Unexpected Guests, Alisa Smith And JB MacKinnon Turned To The Land Around Them They Caught A Trout, Picked Mushrooms, And Mulled Apples From An Abandoned Orchard With Rose Hips In Wine The Meal Was Truly Satisfying Every Ingredient Had A Story, A Direct Line They Could Trace From The Soil To Their Forks The Experience Raised A Question Was It Possible To Eat This Way In Their Everyday Lives Back In The City, They Began To Research The Origins Of The Items That Stocked The Shelves Of Their Local Supermarket They Were Shocked To Discover That A Typical Ingredient In A North American Meal Travels Roughly The Distance Between Boulder, Colorado, And New York City Before It Reaches The Plate Like So Many People, Smith And MacKinnon Were Trying To Live Lightly On The Planet Meanwhile, Their SUV Diet Was Producing Greenhouse Gases And Smog At An Unparalleled Rate So They Decided On An Experiment For One Year They Would Eat Only Food Produced Within Miles Of Their Vancouver HomeIt Wouldn T Be Easy Stepping Outside The Industrial Food System, Smith And MacKinnon Found Themselves Relying On World War II Era Cookbooks And Maverick Farmers Who Refused To Play By The Rules Of A Global Economy What Began As A Struggle Slowly Transformed Into One Of The Deepest Pleasures Of Their Lives For The First Time They Felt Connected To The People And The Places That Sustain ThemFor Smith And MacKinnon, The Mile Diet Became A Journey Whose Destination Was, Simply, Home From The Satisfaction Of Pulling Their Own Crop Of Garlic Out Of The Earth To Pitched Battles Over Canning Tomatoes, Plenty Is About Eating Locally And Thinking Globally The Authors Food Focused Experiment Questions Globalization, Monoculture, The Oil Economy, Environmental Collapse, And The Tattering Threads Of Community Thought Provoking And Inspiring, Plenty Offers Than A Way Of Eating In The End, It S A New Way Of Looking At The World From The Hardcover Edition

10 thoughts on “Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally

  1. says:

    I should begin by disclosing that I was, from minute one, hugely troubled by the use of the word raucous in the title If it is, indeed, possible to eat in a raucous manner, I don t want to hear about it, much less a year s worth of it Shudder You can keep your rowdy, disorderly, strident eating to yourself One is left to assume, then, that the authors, or a particularly misguided set of marketing people, use raucous as do with great frequency the college women I work with, who are otherwise charming, if Republican to signify extreme in a really fun way I would object mildly to this, too, since it s non standard without actually being cool, edgy, fresh, or descriptive.Instead, however, I m forced to object strongly In fact, that catastrophically mischosen adjective becomes a synecdoche for what s wrong with the book Here s the thing Ms Smith and Mr MacKinnon do not, in the entire course of the book, do anything rowdy, disorderly, or strident Additionally, they are neither extreme nor really fun They are both very capable, fluid writers, and they are earnest, honest, and genuine in their attempt to live off foods produced within 100 miles of their Vancouver apartment But they re not fun or funny They ve written a semi furious, ultra serious manifesto with, granted, a lot of interesting facts about carbon footprints and the history of agriculture and are trying to sell it with that word raucous as a light hearted, harmonic memoir of the New Young Green, those wild and crazy guys The tone is off, and so both authors end up coming across as stodgy, hidebound, kind of unlikeable.

  2. says:

    I chose to give this book the rarely by me proffered five stars, not because of the brilliance of the writing itself, but because this couple s story was a fine example of ethical frustration, of choosing mindful living while surrounded by overwhelming and seemingly unchangeable insanity Because they put it out there to enlighten, inspire, and hopefully, make us pause as we contemplate their motivations and the notable efforts of others such as Michael Pollan, Jamie Oliver, Deborah Madisonjust to name a few But mostly, I was simply charmed by their informal and surprisingly emotionally honest tale.

  3. says:

    This was similar in many ways to Kingsolver s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle , in that it is a year long experiment in eating only local foods Kingsolver is a much better writer and I enjoyed reading her book Plenty did, however, supply what I thought was lacking in the other book realism Plenty documents the difficulties in trying to eat locally struggling to live without wheat flour, trying to store potatoes in an urban apartment, staying within a budget their first dinner cost over 100 , and the strain that foraging preserving canning placed on their relationship On the plus side, their hundred mile radius overlaps on mine, so should I choose to undertake this experiment, I ve got some great resources to help me I think both books make the point that local eating is not very practical I mean, the authors really have to go out of their way and work for it, you know They both feel strongly that it is worth the time and effort and they make sacrifices accordingly Both books speak of being connected to the environment, to the community, to one s own body and its needs, and even better connections to their families I loved the salty ending, and how they found solutions to all of the major challenges they faced.

  4. says:

    Oh my, the dreaded one star review I must say, I went into this book with high hopes and ended up quite disappointed It seems like a book I would love a couple around my age living in Vancouver and trying to spend one year living on only food that was grown or raised within 100 miles of their home In our society these days, this is no easy task They have predictable adventures trying to find difficult to locate foods flour, salt, anything but potatoes in the winter, etc but in the end the stories were mild and unamusing The couple takes turns writing one chapter after the other and although it is occasionally interesting to hear their differing takes on the same subjects, neither of them possess the skill to keep the reader enthused, and splitting the workload did nothing to solve that deficiency The book was crafted from a blog that the couple kept while practicing the 100 mile diet, and it reeks of blog at every turn In fact, the most interesting sections were ones that were not in their blog, such as a sojourn for a month avail from friends, computers and telephones in a cabin in the northern wilds of British Columbia There are recipes in the book as well Most of them would be impossible for me to create with ingredients from less than 100 miles away Go figure For a much better book on the same subject, try Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

  5. says:

    One man, one woman and a raucous year of eating locally is the tagline for this book I m not sure if I d describe it as raucous tumultuous maybe, but raucous, no.The book follows Alisa James as they try to eat within 100 miles of their home in Vancouver, Canada Their endeavour sees them eat wheat complete with mouse droppings, stink their house out in an effort to make sauerkrat and nearly come to blows over canning of tomatoes.I enjoyed the book a lot and thought it gave a very realistic interpretation of life trying to eat sustainability a picnic it is not We have an emotional connection to our food and often this is reflected back into our daily lives Despite the trials and tribulations of the adventure I think this is far healthy than the emotional free existence we seem to strive for in modern society Its hard to get upset, angry or passionate about a happy meal.I only gave the book 4 stars because I am becoming and dubious about these boundary setting regimes At one point in the book a fellow local eater tells Alisa that they ve set their limit to 250 miles to allow them to access certain favourite foods I now am seeing these things as a money making exploit by journalists, eager to tap into our inner concerns and exploit our hope for utopia by living out our dreams Mostly they turn out to be unrealistic, unachievable and just a exercise in navel gazing At one point James spends hours at the kitchen table seperating wheat from mouse poo I mean seriously, who does that Nevertheless when they were talking about the food they were passionate and it invoked some, recently familiar, emotions of my own in relation to seasonal food The book also contained some crazy recipes which was a nice touch and a few interesting facts and insights For example seasonal eating allows us to vary our diets without really trying we ve all heard the stastic that we just rotate 10 meals which means we dont get the diversity and depth of nutrition our bodies require at one point we learn that the average north american gets 50% of their vegetable intake from iceberg lettuce, canned tomatoes and potatoes nutricious A good read, just not quite as good as some of the other foodie books I ve tackled lately.

  6. says:

    goalsThe amount of effort to live this way be able to experiment life this way does not blind the reader into thinking this is an easy way to eat to live in the modern world However, how I wish to try Written together from each perspective, the act of eating so mindfully for a year probably changed in the lives of Smith MacKinnon than any of us know I would love to have known their biomarkers before after this year They lost weight, yes, but I imagine their health, overall, vastly improved Again, goals

  7. says:

    Similar to other titles in that it follows the authors as they challenge themselves to eat locally for a year, this book sets itself apart by going deeper into the history of their area in regard to the foods that once sustained locals and the changes that have occurred to go from local food sources to our now reliance on global food sources Definitely worth a read

  8. says:

    This book was good, but not as good as Barbara Kingsolver s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle A Year of Food Life, which unfortunately for Smith I had read first.The book fails due to a compromise of two opposing styles the epistolary style of the blog that precedes the book, and the cohesive narrative needed for a full length book Smith does not do a great job at this merger, and it s further hurt by the changing in perspective between her and her partner Instead of a narrative, the book reads like a series of vignettes about their clumsy experiments in local food The approach that they took also appeared to be haphazard rather than organized, but they don t dwell on the challenges, which could have made the book much interesting We are left with a smattering of the two authors personal philosophies of food, a smattering of stories about their attempts to find local food, about their relationship issues, a tiny bit about the monotony that they encountered in the winter months, and no sense of wonder at their experiment at all The word raucous in the title is particularly misleading, as the two authors are singularly serious and stodgy This book should have been a lot fun.Given that they grew very little food themselves, and instead purchased it, I was expecting that they would spend time delving in to the history of supermarkets and how we got to where we are today, or possibly something comprehensive about local food systems around North America, or even of a profile of the local sources they did find The story was too internally focused They could have used their journalism experience to give us something a little complex Instead, a few of the chapters are basically shopping expeditions.I think I may have gotten as much if I had just read a single essay, rather than the whole book, as the insight was relatively shallow.

  9. says:

    What I liked about this book I feel like both of the authors, but particularly Alisa, were able to capture the sense of wonder that I have felt about discovering where food comes from and feeling so much closer to it when you know the source I was never particularly interested in food or where it came from until my husband became a farmer, but now that I regularly and for some meals exclusively eat food came from a farm 20 miles away and was picked that very afternoon by Kurt s own hands, eating is a whole new experience I loved that this book was able to put into words those feelings that I have had since we have been fortunate enough to start eating mostly locally.What I didn t like about this book first of all, there was nothing raucous about it That part of the subtitle is totally misleading Parts of the book alternated between dry history lessons and scolding sessions about how we are wasting the earth s resources Also, I don t think that the authors quite realize that for a lot of people, eating locally just isn t in the budget or they don t have access to it It would certainly be nice if everyone could eat locally grown vegetables every day, but that just isn t an option for a lot of people It made me curious how they two writers could afford to eat so well on their incomes.

  10. says:

    I suppose it s always easy to compare like minded books to one another Many of the reviews here are tasking Plenty with not being quite in the same league as Barbara Kingsolver s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle And it s not This book is of a memoir than Kingsolver s, although there are plenty of similarities But Alisa and James are not farmers, but foragers of a kind, scouring an area of 100 miles in any direction for local food This book is as much about their mental exercises, and the doubts and small joys, as about the food challenge itself.The two authors alternate chapters, although, to be fair, they both write a lot alike It wouldn t be easy to tell who wrote what, if it weren t for use of first person singular Nevertheless, we are given some insight into the broader issues of climate change, sustainability, and perhaps most importantly, that of memory in the collective struggle for retaining the old foodways Never preachy, but definitely thought provoking.So, I d recommend this book as a companion to AVM, not a competitor Enjoy it on its own merits.

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