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The bestselling coauthor of Your Money or Your Life chronicles her quest to eat food produced within ten miles of her home.

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Taking the locavore movement to heart, bestselling coauthor and social innovator Vicki Robin pledged for one month to eat only food sourced within a ten-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 ten-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 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.

"This is an essential read for anyone who is interested in the locavore movement -- whether you're a novice or hard core." ---Book Bargains and Previews

"Robin's resonant and flowing voice evokes her love for her work. Her animated reading balances the serious and humorous aspects of her endeavor while her characterizations of the people who fed and educated her about local food reveal her fondness and respect for them." ---AudioFile

"An entertaining and informative memoir/self-help guide to living well on locally grown food." ---Kirkus

"Vicki Robin has helped millions of Americans reshape their lives in sound and beautiful ways, but this may be her most important project yet---and a crucial one for our tired planet too!" ---Bill McKibben, author Oil and Honey

Blessing the Hands That Feed Us

What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth

Author Vicki Robin

Narrated by Vicki Robin

Publication date Jan 7, 2014

Running time 11 hrs 9 min

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