A guide to books, directories, and websites that can help you live a life of local eating
Compiled by Mari Jyvasjarvi Stuart | Photo by Erin Adams
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
By Barbara Kingsolver
This modern classic of the local food movement interweaves the personal account of Kingsolver’s family eating local for a year with more journalistic discussion of the problems in the current industrial food system.
The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating
By Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon
An urban Vancouver couple’s account of their year of eating only food grown within 100 miles of their home. Funny and carefully observed, this book proves that even urbanites can undertake a local food challenge.
The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making
By Alana Chernila
Eating local doesn’t necessarily mean giving up things like pasta, crackers, ketchup, potato chips, or even ice cream and fish sticks. This lovely cookbook shows you how easy it is to make all these pantry items yourself, with local ingredients.
ASAP’s Local Food Guide
Every year, ASAP publishes its free directory of local food in the Southern Appalachia. Pick up your copy and find your nearest family farms, farmers markets, local food artisans, wineries, and CSAs.
Pick Your Own (pickyourown.org)
A locavore diet is both more fun and more engaging when you do some of the harvesting yourself. This online directory makes it easy to find “pick your own” farms in your area.
Mother Earth Food (motherearthfood.com)
This Asheville-based company delivers local produce and prepared foods to your door. Check out their website for local food operations with which they partner, including Buchi Kombucha and French Broad Food Co-op.