Plenty, Week in Books #42b

If you’re interested in eating local foods, you might like Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet.  The book chronicles one couple’s experiment to spend a year eating only what they could grow, gather, or purchase from someone else who had grown or gathered it within a 100 mile radius of their home in Canada.

Plenty is a short book, and the authors alternate chapters giving sometimes interesting stories about what happened and what they learned during their year on the local diet.  I have to admit that I didn’t care much for the chapters written by the male half of the duo.  He veered too often into hyperbolic rants about this and that, and I wondered if he tried to plump up his word count by tossing in as much profanity for no reason as he possibly could.  On the other hand, perhaps he was just trying to distinguish his voice from his girlfriend’s voice and couldn’t think of a more inventive way to do that.  Or maybe that’s just how he talks and he doesn’t notice.  In any case, I found it off-putting.  I know it’s hard to write a book and I’m not trying to be picky; I just want to let you know what you’re in for.

Other than the objections I detailed above, the book did have some interesting parts, and would be particularly useful to you if you plan to try a locavore experiment of your own and if you live in an urban setting.  That said, as far as the eat local for a year genre goes, I think Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is by far superior on every count.  If you only have time for one local eating book, choose Kingsolver’s, but if you’re really interested in local eating, can tune out the profanity and ranting, and have time for more than one book on the topic, you might still get something out of Plenty.

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One thought on “Plenty, Week in Books #42b

  1. I read this book recently but wasn’t overly enthused about it. It is hard to enjoy a book written by people who don’t seem to enjoy each other. I’m sure they had fun with the experiment, but I didn’t feel the positive vibes came through very well….

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