I am going to begin my ‘locallyvegan‘ challenge on January 13th, 2013 (learn more about the challenge in my “about” section). However my preparation starts now. This way I will have time to find out where to buy vegan and local food in Kitchener – Waterloo and hopefully come up with some sort of meal plan and recipes.
My preparation doesn’t necessarily start today because realistically I have been reading and learning about food for a while now. I wanted to share with everyone the novels, films and blogs that have directed me to where and who I am today: a woman who has been a vegetarian for six and a half years, who is trying to be vegan for 30 days, and who may want to eat meat again, locally.
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer – a story of a man who went back and forth with being a vegetarian and eating meat, leading him to explore unique eating traditions
- Green for Life by Gillian Deacon – a guide on how to make your life more ‘green’, including what food you eat, your garden and taking a look at your kitchen
- The Better World Handbook by Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler and Brett Johnson – small changes that YOU can make, to make a difference, from economics to ecological sustainability
- Legal Sea Foods Cookbook by Roger Berkowitz and Jane Doerfer – with a motto of “if it isn’t fresh, it isn’t legal” this book encompasses buying, cooking and enjoying legal seafood
- Being Vegetarian for Dummies by Suzanne Havala – I think the title is self-explanatory..
- Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedamn and Kim Barnouin – a blunt form of empowerment to enjoy your food and make better decisions in the foods that you choose to put in your body
- True Food by Annie B. Bond, Melissa Breyer and Wendy Gordon – in partnership with National Geographic, True Food speaks to healthy and globally sustaining approaches to the food we eat
- Earth in Mind by David W. Orr – a novel in which Orr talks about education in relation to the environment, a link which most unfortunately omit
- Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer – based off of the inspiring story of a young man, Christopher Johnson McCandless, who invented a new life for himself. This book is also made into a movie that includes neat aspects of his appreciation and respect for produce and animals – not to mention an unreal soundtrack
- Fruits and Veggies A-Z by WeightWatchers – a passionate overview of different types of produce (see picture)
- Simply in Seasons by Mer Beth Lind and Cathleen Hockman-Wert – recipes that incorporate using specific foods in specific seasons
- Extending the Table by Joetta Handrich Schlabach – recipes that tell stories, that reflect the pace of life, the important seasons and celebrations, and the resources available in the settings where the recipes originated from Argentina to Zambia.
- More-with-less by Doris Janzen Longacre – recipes and suggestions by Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world’s limited food resources
- Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel – a novel on the world’s food system, linking U.S. farm policy to the world food crisis
- The Compassionate Carnivore by Catherine Friend – a book on insights about how our meat is raised, how we buy it and from whom, and why change is desirable and possible
- Ecoholic by Adria Vasil – a book which guides any citizen who wants to lighten their impact on the planet
- The 11th Hour Film is a documentary which speaks to the state of our environment and proposes solutions through restorative action, technology, social responsibility and conservation
- Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh – You Tube clip, a film about a sustainable community under threat from modernization and forces us to re-examine what we really mean by progress: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_UT1ROfNiw
- This ‘Go Green Blog’ is a great way to make products on your own with natural ingredients that helps the environment! http://thegogreenblog.com/category/eco-products/
My hope is to gain more insight and knowledge through even more novels and links such as these above over the next 30 days or so to share and reflect with everyone. If anyone wants to know more about these mentioned above, feel free to ask or share their own thoughts on them.