The Feast Nearby

The Feast Nearby

How I Lost My Job, Buried A Marriage, and Found My Way by Keeping Chickens, Foraging, Preserving, Bartering, and Eating Locally (all on $40 A Week)

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"A charming ode (with recipes) to eating well and locally, on $40 dollars per week, from a recently unemployed food-journalism veteran. In 2009, Robin Mather found herself unemployed. She consequently moved to rural Michigan, where she committed to eating three home-cooked, seasonal, and local meals a day. In essays that chronicle a year of her ambitious project, Mather explores the confusion surrounding local eating and examines how often we fail to pay attention to the seasons that surround us. With 150 winning recipes such as Lemon-Tarragon Pickled asparagus and Greek-Marinated Grilled Leg of Lamb, Mather draws on her rich kitchen knowledge, honed by years as a food writer. This narrative-cookbook hybrid shares encouraging advice for aspiring locavores, offering both the virtues of kitchen thrift and the pleasures of cooking well"-- Provided by publisher.
"A charming ode (with recipes) to eating well and locally, on $40 per week, from a recently unemployed food-journalism veteran"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Ten Speed Press
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781607740414
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jan 30, 2012

This is the first book I've read on the "localite" movement that thrilled me. I agree with the author that it's become a very political issue for some, and I become uncomfortable with some of the militency I hear and read surrounding this movement. All that said, Robin Mather is a humorous and warm writer. She gently instructs without preaching about something she is so very passionate about, which is to buy locally. That she has found ways to be frugal at the same time thrills me.

This is a woman who is well educated in the subject of food and home econimics, yet manages to send her message in a wonderful and amusing way. I also loved that she included recipes in with her essays and her way of breaking up the subject into seasons.

Even for those who are unsure of this movement, this is simply a wonderful read about food.

Sep 24, 2011

This book is like going to lunch with a dear friend you haven't seen in a long while and maybe having a glass of wine and comfortably chatting and sharing recipes. Afterward, you feel you have found the rewards of a life well-lived. Yes, it's like that.


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