The new book Local Choices was conceived over a cup of tea one winter evening. That’s when Karen Geiser and Lisa Amstutz from Wayne
County, Ohio discovered they both had a passion to share and motivate others to simply enjoy local foods, how to find it and prepare it–economically. The book is for both beginners and experienced locavores.
I enjoyed the book because it includes short stories from other homesteaders and farmers in my area of Ohio—near the largest Amish settlement in the world. Some of them I know, some I have heard of—but anyone will identify with the inspiring quotes and stories of living locally off the land and sharing the bounty with others. It makes you want to just jump on the real food wagon.
My good acquaintance David Kline, publisher of Farming Magazine, says this in his foreword: “Karen and Lisa offer many suggestions for ways to find and incorporate local foods into everyday living. Along with shopping at farmers’ markets, new local-foods lovers can enjoy the variety provided by CSA shares or learn to appreciate truly fresh food by cultivating a garden. Once the food reaches home, cost-conscious eaters can save money by wasting less of the food, joining with others to buy in bulk, buying “seconds” from farmers, and learning to preserve the harvest. Their suggestions are illustrated with examples from their own area, pointing out that eating locally is feasible even in northern Ohio winters.”
Dr. D.J. McFadden (Holmes County, Ohio Health Commissioner) wrote this for the back cover: “In a readable and understandable way, Local Choices explores health, environmental, economic, and community reasons to eat locally. The clear direction and helpful stories serve as a handbook for beginners, and encouragement/entertainment for committed locavores. The local foods movement offers humble solutions to the obesity epidemic, threats to food security, slumping local economies, degradation of farmland, addiction to oil, and alienation between consumers and farmers.”
Jennifer’s rave review at Amazon says this: “ The book, aimed at those readers who might need a little extra gentle persuasion to try eating locally, first outlines the reasons behind the choice: better taste and nutrition, more choices of varieties, a conscientious approach to food safety and environmental stewardship, local economic support, social justice, and even a deeper spiritual connection to the food we eat. In addition, eating foods in season gives us a reason to celebrate the return of each food — such as fresh asparagus in spring, the first juicy tomato of summer, or the nourishing hearty flavor of frost-kissed kale — and ties us more closely to the food traditions of our ancestors.”
For $12, this 180-page book is worth having—plus it has for the many recipes for seasonal meals made with food off the farm or garden. Get it!
If anyone has read this one and would like to comment here, go for it.