Could you live – for even a month – eating only food grown within 10 miles of your home. Why would you even want to?
Taking the local food movement to heart, New York Times bestselling Author Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her sustainable diet not only brings to light society’s unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment.
Like Barbara Kinsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and the bestselling books of Michael Pollan, Blessing the Hands that Feed Us is part personal narrative and part global manifesto. By Challenging herself to eat and buy local, Robin exposes the cause and effect of the food business, from the processed foods laden with sugar, fat and preservatives to the trucks burning through fuel to bring them to a shelf near you.
Robin’s journey is also on of community as she befriends all the neighboring farmers who epitomize the sustainable lifestyle. Among them are Tricia, the prolific market gardener who issued Robin’s 10-mile challenge; Britt and Eric, two young, enthusiastic farmers living their dream of self-sufficiency; and Vicky, a former corporate executive-turned-cheese-maker.
Featuring recipes throughout, along with practical tips on adopting your own locally sourced diet, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is a candid, humorous, and inspirational guide to the localvore movement and a healthy food future.