Alisa Smith is a freelance journalist who writes regularly for Reader's Digest.J.B. MacKinnon is the author of the acclaimed narrative nonfiction book Dead Man in Paradise.
This very human and often humorous adventure about two people
eating food grown within a short distance of their home is
surprising, delightful, and even shocking. If you've only talked
about eating locally but never given yourself
definitions--especially strict ones--to follow, I assure you that
your farmers' market will never again look the same. Nothing you
eat will look the same! This inspiring and enlightening book will
give you plenty to chew on."
--Deborah Madison, author of Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets
"Plenty posits a brilliant, improbable, and finally
deliciously noble notion of connecting to the world by striving
first to understand what's underfoot. Beautifully written and
lovingly paced, it is at once a lonely and uplifting tale of deep
respect between two people, their community, and our earth.
Plenty will change your life even if you never could or
would try this at home."
--Danny Meyer, author of Setting the Table "A funny, warm, and seductive account of how we might live better--better for this earth, better for the community, better for our bellies!"
--Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future "Engaging, thoughtful...packed with natural, historical and personal detail."--Liesel Schillinger, The New York Times
"Succeeds because Smith and MacKinnon don't give a ____about being normal. Locavorism isn't normal--that's the point--and they fly their freak flag with bemused pride, giving themselves over to the mania that infects the newly converted....One imagines Kingsolver at home on her sturdy homestead shaking her head and clucking at those 'trendy' kids, but they're the ones I'd rather have dinner with."--Martha Bayne, Chicago Reader