Second half of 100 Miles

MacKinnon, J.B., Smith A. 2007. The 100-Mile Diet: a year of local eating. Vintage Canada, Toronto, Ontario. September and October were inspirational months. I would call them an inspired transition in the emotional undertone of the 100-mile diet. Before now, the cost of everything was frequently mentioned. The struggle to find foods in seasons stood…

“Sweetness without dimension”

Pollan M. The Botany of Desire: A plants’ eye view of the world. 2001. Random House Inc. New York, N.Y. (Pgs 3-58). I will never be able to hear the word “sweet” again without thinking of an apple. Pollan opens up this chapter with descriptive imagery and detail. It was incredibly easy to picture “Johnny…

Baby in a Box

Hanson, Thor. The Triumph of Seeds: how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses and pips conquered the plant kingdom and shaped human history. 2015. Basic Books, New York, N.Y. pg. xix – 18. 55-80.   The future is a scary thing. About 2 months ago, on a Tuesday morning, I sat through an hour and 45 minute…

Defining “Domestication”

Diamond, Jared. “Guns Germs and Steel: the fates of human societies.” 1997. W.W. Norton and Co., New York, London. Pg 114-130. After my last blog post on Pollans’ Botany of Desire, I read a chapter 7 of Jared Diamonds’ Guns, Germs and Steel. Diamond expands on the same ideas and concepts as Pollan, but he tends to use…

A Plants’ Point of View in “The Botany of Desire”

Pollan M. The Botany of Desire: A plants’ eye view of the world. 2001. Random House Inc. New York, N.Y. (Pg. xiii – xxv). I have only read the introduction of this book and I can already tell that I am going to love it. In fact, given more time last night, I probably would…

100-Mile Diet: March to September

MacKinnon, J.B., Smith A. 2007. The 100-Mile Diet: a year of local eating. Vintage Canada, Toronto, Ontario. The first half of this year long journey introduces a young couple from downtown Vancouver. Alisa and James, two adventurous authors, are visiting their isolated cabin in Northern British Columbia when they are forced to forage for a…