I did not know much about this book when I dove head first into it. I had an idea from the title but that was about it. First off I’d like address that I enjoyed how they alternated writing chapters, I thought that was a very neat way of going about this kind of book. Also, being written by two different people this book was far less biased than I expected. I enjoyed this book primarily because it was not preachy.
Like Pollan, Smith and MacKinnon shared their experiences and revealed some interesting topics and secrets but do so in a fashion that was not pushy or forceful. The read seemed much more like I was listening to a friend tell me of his or her adventure. I also enjoyed the recipes that were presented at the beginning of each chapter (month). I look forward to making December’s Poached Salmon with Wine Cream Sauce!
One thing I struggled with when I first started this reading is how much it cost to eat locally. I was blown away at the $128 grocery bill they first post up. I thought “I would love to eat local food, but I’m a student and thus am poor. With a grocery bill like that I’ll be dead in 2 weeks.” Slowly though they showed me how to reduce that bill while still eating locally. Unfortunately that only extended my lifespan an extra week at that rate.
I fully endorse and actually agree with the idea of eating locally, but there has to be much more support for it to bring prices down because right now local prices are far too high. Does this seem backwards to anyone? We’re paying twice the price for something to come 50 km as opposed to something that comes 12,000 km from Chile. Where is the logic here?
Smith and MacKinnon both describe the strain on their relationship as a result of this diet. Petty things seem to get to them such as packing and freezing corn one October evening. I found that was much of the second half of the book, less of the diet as we saw in the first half of the book which was not as fun to read.
One thing that shocked me was they live beside a salt water body and it takes them nearly the entire book to figure out how to get salt? That seemed pretty obvious to me from the beginning. I guess they had other things on their mind though.
I didn’t have much to say on this book unfortunately. It was an easy read and like I mentioned earlier was much like a story I was hearing from a friend. One line however stood out to me on page 194 and relates to my earlier discussion. It reads: “My grandfather told me, ‘Someday you’ll have to buy water.’” Sylvester shook his head at the memory. “In the days coming, only the rich people will be able to afford to eat.” Possibly my greatest fear.