Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Loved it and highly recommend it to anyone. Certainly, there was a bit of preaching to the choir, but all in all, I found the book informative and inspiring. It made me think I could do things that I hadn't even considered, like making my own cheese.
While I love that she and her family decided to move to a small town and eat off their land and the land of the small farmers surrounding them, I have no intention of moving out of the city. I LOVE living in the heart of a city with all the energy and possibilities that it has to offer. I grew up in small town Florida and don't regret for a second leaving and never looking back.
I'm a city chick. I don't have acres of land - I have a 400 square foot apartment with non-tillable soil in my 30 square foot front yard that I share with 8 neighbors (see the picture of my tiny kitchen - also known as a litchen because it serves as eat in kitchen and living room). I don't have a pick up truck - the bus, subway, my bike, and my feet are my main forms of transportation. I don't have a family to share the work of raising my own food - I'm a single girl, living on my own. And most importantly, I don't have a lot of excess time - I work a full time job and travel a lot.
As a result, I've decided to do a year (more or less) in the life of a city chick who is trying to find creative ways of eating more responsibly.