Friday, September 28, 2007

Gary Nabhan Book Review

It’s a cold, rainy day today -- time to curl up with a good book from someplace warm. "Coming Home to Eat" has to be one of the most fascinating books I’ve read in a while. Like Kingsolver (see blog on 8/11), Nabhan decided to eat locally for one year. Unlike Kingsolver, he lives in the desert. He got out a map and drew a circle with a 250 mile radius around Phoenix, Arizona and decided that for one year, all his food would come from within that circle.

For a lot of people, that would be nearly impossible, but Nabhan is an expert on native plants and he has the additional advantage of having friends who are members of local Indian tribes. He feasts on saguaro cactus fruit, mesquite tortillas, sea turtles and roadkill (no kidding!). He even serves it to his girlfriend, who must be some kind of a saint.

The book is peppered with information about politics and the state of our food supply. Some of it is depressing, but the book ends with hope. I felt richer for having read it.

1 comment:

kale for sale said...

Road kill!? Laugh out loud. I'll have to check this book out. Thanks.