Inspiration for Locavores
If you're at all interested in the movement to eat locally-grown food, you've no doubt heard of Barbara Kingsolver's new memoir/exposé Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which recently came out in paperback. Kingsolver touches upon poignant themes that echo arguments made by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser -- basically, that the way Americans produce and consume food is setting the stage for dire consequences. But Kingsolver goes beyond intellectual arguments that underscore the importance of health and environmental concerns and zeros in on a new consideration: taste.
After reading the first few chapters I felt as though I'd never truly tasted a stalk of asparagus since my supply most likely came to me many, many days after it was severed from the stalk. Part of me became anxious to transform my meager yard into a vegetable farm, the other felt shame in the recognition that I could never pull it off. The bottom line: that extra stop at the farmer's market that I've avoided adding to my semiweekly supermarket trips suddenly seems a small effort for such large gains.