Author(s): Vicki Robin
The bestselling coauthor of "Your Money or Your Life "chronicles her quest to eat food produced within 10 miles of her home Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling author and social innovator Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a 10-mile radius of her home on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington. Her sustainable diet not only brings to light society's unhealthy dependency on mass-produced, prepackaged foods but also helps her reconnect with her body and her environment. Like Barbara Kingsolver's "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" and the bestselling books of Michael Pollan, "Blessing the Hands That Feed Us" is part personal narrative and part global manifesto. By challenging herself to eat and buy local, Robin exposes the cause and effect of the food business, from the processed goods laden with sugar, fat, and preservatives to the trucks burning through fuel to bring them to a shelf near you. Robin's journey is also one of community as she befriends all the neighboring farmers who epitomize the sustainable lifestyle. Among them are Tricia, the prolific market gardener who issued Robin's 10-mile challenge; Britt and Eric, two young, enthusiastic farmers living their dream of self-sufficiency; and Vicky, a former corporate executive turned milk producer. Featuring recipes throughout, along with practical tips on adopting your own locally sourced diet, "Blessing the Hands That Feed Us" is an inspirational guide and testimonial to the locavore movement and a healthy food future.
Vicki Robin is a renowned innovator, writer, and speaker. In addition to coauthoring the bestselling "Your Money or Your Life," Robin has been at the forefront of the sustainable living movement. She has received awards from Co-Op America and Sustainable Northwest and was profiled in "Utne Magazine"'s book "Visionaries: People and Ideas to Change Your Life." She lives on Whidbey Island in Washington.