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Blessing the Hands That Feed Us : What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us about Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth
by Vicki Robin

Overview - The bestselling coauthor of "Your Money or Your Life "chronicles her quest to eat food produced within 10 miles of her home
Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling author and social innovator 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.
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Overview
The bestselling coauthor of "Your Money or Your Life "chronicles her quest to eat food produced within 10 miles of her home
Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling author and social innovator 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 Kingsolver'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 goods 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 one 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 milk producer.
Featuring recipes throughout, along with practical tips on adopting your own locally sourced diet, "Blessing the Hands That Feed Us" is an inspirational guide and testimonial to the locavore movement and a healthy food future.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780670025725
  • ISBN-10: 0670025720
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 334


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Books > Health & Fitness > Healthy Living
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

In September 2010 veteran sustainability activist Robin (co-author of Your Money or Your Life) consumed only food from her neighbor's small market garden or made within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Wash to see if she could survive solely on locally produced food. She recounts how confronting her food beliefs and habits was the "last bastion" in her quest to live frugally and with integrity. The challenge drew her back into the world, calmed her own tendencies to overeat, and taught her the real meaning of community. Despite the restrictions of a 10-Mile Diet and costly government regulations that cripple small famers, Robin presents the ultimate freedom of self-sufficiency attractively, attributing a wide range of benefits to what she calls "relational eating"—from losing weight and ensuring good health, to forming lasting friendships and helping those in need. Readers may smile when hyper-frugal Robin decides that paying $5 a pound for locally raised chicken is well worth the money, and breathe a sigh of relief when she realizes that "local" is as much a state of mind as a geographical location. This is an idealistic yet practical effort, offering tips for creating sustainable communities and recipes from Whidbey chefs utilizing the island's bounty. Agent: Beth Vesel, Beth Vesel Literary Agency. (Jan.)

 
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Locavore inspiration

Vicki Robin transformed our relationship with money in her bestseller Your Money or Your Life, and now she’s set to do likewise regarding our relationship with food. Don’t be misled into thinking her new book belongs in the religion section, though, because Blessing the Hands That Feed Us is all about food systems: how they work, how they don’t and how they can be healed. The subtitle is more descriptive: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth. Call it what you may—“locavorism,” food justice, agricultural literacy or the phrase Robin seems to have coined, “relational eating”—the movements to eat locally, sustainably, and to know where food comes from are all gaining ground. Much of the book chronicles Robin’s personal challenge: For a month, she limited herself to food she was able to source from within a 10-mile radius of her home. Her struggles and story grow naturally into a “global manifesto” that urges us all to reshape our lives and the health of our planet.  

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