Research on local ain't drivin' me loco yet!
First, thanks so much to you for all your well thought out comments on the Vegan vs. Local discussion. I asked that we keep it clean (read: kind), and you did. You were clear and encouraging too, which was much appreciated. I have decided keep the recipes 100% vegan, but as local as possible while still keeping my commitment to whole foods, so you can expect a lot of maple syrup (and some coconut oil)! I'll be putting in a section acknowledging that this may not be the most local cookbook out there, but it's the best-we-can-do vegan resource. I will add that should readers have more of a commitment to going as local as possible than they do to ethical vegetarianism, raw local honey or local organic butter may be used, because even the most adamant of vegans know that not all conscientious foodies have exactly the same values, and we're not going to get the world to go vegan overnight. I will also mention, for vegans, other ways they may still be harming bees, and endangered bats (if they choose agave nectar). How does that sound to you?
I've be researching this week for RfAH, as I said, and learned that the 100 Mile Challenge show from the Food Network, based on the very popular book by James MacKinnon (who's a super guy, by the way) and Alisa Smith, is actually putting episodes up online after they've aired, so even if you're like me, and don't have cable, you won't be missing out. Go to the page linked above, scroll down the middle column, and click on the words "Watch Episodes Online". Finally, a reality teevee show that doesn't nauseate me! (Just be sure to click on "full screen" once it gets going.)
Enjoy your weekend, pals. And do make a point of finding out when your local seasonal farmers' market begins this year (mine starts May 11. That's soon!).