My City-dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food

Book - 2015
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In the tradition of Michael Pollan's bestselling In Defense of Food comes this remarkable chronicle, from a founding editor of Edible Baja Arizona, of a young woman's year-long journey of eating only whole, unprocessed foods--intertwined with a journalistic exploration of what "unprocessed" really means, why it matters, and how to afford it.

In January of 2012, Megan Kimble was a twenty-six-year-old living in a small apartment without even a garden plot to her name. But she cared about where food came from, how it was made, and what it did to her body: so she decided to go an entire year without eating processed foods. Unprocessed is the narrative of Megan's extraordinary year, in which she milled wheat, extracted salt from the sea, milked a goat, slaughtered a sheep, and more--all while earning an income that fell well below the federal poverty line.

What makes a food processed? As Megan would soon realize, the answer to that question went far beyond cutting out snacks and sodas, and became a fascinating journey through America's food system, past and present. She learned how wheat became white; how fresh produce was globalized and animals industrialized. But she also discovered that in daily life, as she attempted to balance her project with a normal social life--which included dating--the question of what made a food processed was inextricably tied to gender and economy, politics and money, work and play.

Backed by extensive research and wide-ranging interviews--and including tips on how to ditch processed food and transition to a real-food lifestyle--Unprocessed offers provocative insights not only on the process of food, but also the processes that shape our habits, communities, and day-to-day lives.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062382467
Characteristics: viii, 344 pages ; 21 cm.


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Cynthia_N Oct 07, 2015

Of all the different styles of eating, unprocessed is the one that makes the most sense to me. This book was much more educational than I expected. Kimble does chronicle the changes in her eating but she also explores how food is processed. She makes salt (actually she extracts it from sea water as her father tells her), she participates in butchering a sheep, and even makes her own chocolate! Very enjoyable and interesting book!

PimaLib_SusannahC Jul 28, 2015

Megan Kimble chronicles her year of eating only unprocessed foods while living in Tucson, Arizona. The book is the perfect blend of her personal story mixed with journalistic reporting. Kimble investigates how foods are processed, including wheat, sugar, salt, meat, and dairy. She talks to vegetable farmers, goat farmers, brewers, vintners, and cattle ranchers. All the while, Kimble is learning about her place in the world, how she can participate in the community, and make an impact on a local level.

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