Tuesday, September 2, 2008
September Book Giveaway - The 100 Mile Diet
It's that time again! I've got another book to give away. This month it's The 100 Mile Diet, by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon.
The 100 Mile Diet is the chronicle of Alisa and J.B.'s adventure living for a year on food grown within a 100 mile radius of their home in Vancouver, BC. It is one of the books I read last year that inspired me to look for a quest of my own. I don't live totally off of locally-grown foods, but after reading their book and seeing the extraordinary lengths they went to eat locally, I started looking around at what I could find locally to eat.
Now checking the signs in my grocery store to see where my produce originates comes naturally, and I pick the ones grown closest to me, even if that means buying a variety I don't usually buy. We're growing more food ourselves and we're looking for local sources for meat and eggs. (And thinking of getting our own chickens when we move.)
And we're not the only ones. I give Alisa and J.B. kudos for sparking off a continent-wide consciousness-raising about how far our food has to travel to reach us and how we all have more options closer to home. The 100 Mile Diet is a terrific book. If you don't win it here, it's worth a trip to the bookstore.
All you have to do to get in the running for this contest is comment below and leave your name! The contest will close September 30th at Midnight Pacific Time. I will draw a winner randomly and announce it here the next day. Good luck, everyone!