Locavore Cookbooks - Eat Local 
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Introduction

Probably your first thought is: What is a locavore? 

 

The locavore movement is a movement in the United States and elsewhere that spawned as interest in sustainibility and eco-consciousness become more prevalent. Those who are interested in eating food that is locally produced, not moved long distances to market, are often called "locavores."

 

Local food (also regional food or food patriotism) or the local food movement is a "collaborative effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies - one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution and consumption is integrated to enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a particular place and is considered to be a part of the broader sustainability movement. It is part of the concept of local purchasing and local economies, a preference to buy locally produced goods and services. Those who prefer to eat locally grown/produced food sometimes call themselves locavores.

 

A locavore is someone who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius such as 50, 100, or 150 miles. The locavore movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to produce their own food, with some arguing that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locally grown food is an environmentally friendly means of obtaining food, since supermarkets that import their food use more fossil fuels and non-renewable resources.

 

"Locavore" was actually coined by four women from the San Francisco Bay Area on the occasion of World Environment Day 2005 to describe and promote the practice of eating a diet consisting of food harvested from within an area most commonly bound by a 100-mile radius.  See www.locavores.com which we believe is the original locavore web site created by the original group of San Francisco Bay Area locavores.  In 2007, The New Oxford American Dictionary chose locavore, "a person who endeavors to eat only locally produced food," as its word of the year.

 

Currently, the local foods movement is gaining momentum as many people prefer the taste and more environmentally sound effects of foods that are fresh, seasonal, and grown close to home. Some locavores draw inspiration from the “The 100-Mile Diet or from advocates of local eating like Barbara Kingsolver whose book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle chronicles her family's attempts to eat locally. Others just follow their taste buds to farmers' markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, their personal/neighbor’s gardens and community gardens.

 

For the past several years, my wife Dianne and I have attended a series of Locavore Dinners offered during the summer months at the Sugarloaf Inn in Carrabassett Valley, Maine by Chef Tony Rossi.  These are six course local feasts featuring local foods from local farms, forests and waters.  Inspired by these feasts, we have experimented with our own “locavore” recipes, strived to find Maine produced foods of many types and enjoyed our efforts.

 

Now we think it’s time to undertake an effort to encourage others to join in, share their local food recipes and encourage the increased use and consumption of local foods.

 

Thus, we are commencing on a journey to organize and publish a series of locavore cookbooks.  In order to maintain some sense of order and avoid utter confusion, we are going to consider local foods on a state by state basis, rather than a certain fixed distance.  We are starting with our home state of Maine and will then branch out throughout the United States to develop additional cookbooks.

 
Come Join us on Our Journey! How can you participate?  There are several ways (and you can do more than one):  

1.    Submit your favorite Maine locavore recipes for consideration and email us a photo of your favorite Maine food dish is you have one - it could end up in our online gallery

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Inform your friends of the Maine Locavore Cookbook and encourage them to submit their favorite Maine locavore recipes

3.    Like Maine Locavore Cookbook on Facebook

4.    Follow https://twitter.com/#!/MaineLocavore on Twitter

5.    Order a first edition copy of our Maine Locavore Cookbook – 40% ($10) of the $25 purchase price will be donated immediately to the selected charity or nonprofit organization of your choice. Email Locavore Cookbooks and request purchase information.

6.    Email Locavore Cookbooks to learn more about locavore activities and to learn how your favorite charity, nonprofit organization, church, school, sports team, etc. can easily utilize the Maine Locavore Cookbook as a fun and easy fundraiser.

7.    If you are interested in advertising in the Maine Locavore Cookbook, contact us for additional information.

8.    Email us to submit your ideas, comments and suggestions on how can improve our efforts or provide information on other locavore events and activities.

We look forward to hearing from you and to working with you to make this a fun and exciting project.

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Inform your friends of the Maine Locavore Cookbook and encourage them to submit their favorite Maine locavore recipesLike on FacebookFollow  on Twitter to learn more about locavore activities and to learn how your favorite charity, nonprofit organization, church, school, sports team, etc. can easily utilize the Maine Locavore Cookbook as a fun and easy fundraiser. We look forward to hearing from you and to working with you to make this a fun and exciting project. .