I have been completely absorbed in Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: Our Year of Seasonal Eating. It's a luscious and compelling read about our relationship with food and the people who produce it. She encourages a more intentional approach to buying food that is seasonal, produced locally and where possible, organically. She also provides plenty of gardening inspiration too.
I enjoy visiting our Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning where I can set aside my compulsive label reading and concerns about food miles as I take a leisurely stroll around the vendor's stalls. Today's haul included tamarillo sauce, feijoa & date chutney, goat's milk brie & sheep's milk blue cheeses (incidentally Barbara makes her own cheese...I wanna!), organic lamb shanks (20% off no less!), free range bacon hock for my winter soup, free range chorizo for risotto & pizza, and cheap, seasonal fruit.
I "forgot" that I'm supposed to be cutting down my wheat consumption and enjoyed this Schneckennudel "pastry snail" with my Atomic coffee, while reading Barbara.