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New Book Eat Local for Less Demystifies
Sustainable Food for the Average Consumer
Julie Castillo makes local, organic food accessible to all

Washington, DC (November 2014) — Many people today are fed up with the flavorless, unhealthful, and environment-damaging foods peddled to them by the industrial agriculture system. But consumers are discovering a whole other food system that has been quietly producing delicious food in ways that not only don’t wreck any ecosystems but actually improve some of them. These are the foods lovingly produced by small-scale farmers and family-run cottage businesses, not corporations. They’re made in small quantities by people who cherish their land and work hard to keep it healthy.

Millions more Americans would love to eat this bounty, but many worry that eating fresh, local food is too difficult or expensive. All they need is a boost in confidence—and a little practical know-how.

In Eat Local for Less, Julie Castillo offers down-to-earth advice on finding, buying, growing, and preparing great food from local sources without breaking the bank. A great resource for anyone concerned about animal welfare, economic fair play, family cohesion, community wellbeing, or the impact of human activity on the environment, Eat Local for Less shows readers how to bring what’s on their plates in line with what’s in their hearts.

“I heard dozens of voices, on TV, radio, and the Internet, grumbling that local organic food was much more expensive, and not one voice suggesting that it could be cheaper,” Castillo said. “I decided to be that one voice.”

Readers will discover how to:

  • Buy a tomato that actually tastes like a tomato;
  • Navigate CSAs, farmer’s markets, buyer’s clubs, co-ops, and more;
  • Fit cooking into a jam-packed modern lifestyle;
  • Get kids to eat their vegetables—and love them;
  • And do it all for even less than they’re paying now for industrial food.

Eat Local for Less will help readers derive more pleasure from meals, enjoy better health,
experience a deeper connection with nature, nurture a robust local economy, and support
a fairer world—simply by sitting down to a deliberately chosen, lovingly prepared meal.

About the Author: Julie Castillo is a college anthropology instructor and long-time veteran
of the publishing industry, who has co-written or ghost-written fifteen previous books,
including two New York Times bestsellers. She lives with her family in Frederick, Md.

About Ruka Press: Ruka Press, an independent publisher of nonfiction trade books based
in Washington, DC, was founded in early 2010. Ruka Press publishes books with a strong
environmental component for a general audience. Previous releases include Among the
by Joan Maloof, Cerulean Blues by Katie Fallon, and The Pipeline and the Paradigm
by Samuel Avery. To learn more, visit and follow the company on
Twitter: @rukapress.

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