The Feast Nearby has been a pleasure to read this winter. I'm almost done with it and I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in eating local foods, putting food by, and simple living. Robin Mather writes about the year after she lost her job in Chicago and her marriage. She moves to West Michigan (near and dear to my heart) with her dog and bird to heal and regroup. The book is more a collection of essays grouped by season -- talking about how she sources local foods while sticking to a strict budget. At the end of each chapter, she includes a half dozen recipes/techniques to use and preserve the various ingredients she highlighted. I'm excited to try some of them this year!
Next on the list to read is this book:
Folks, this ain't normal looks like it is going to be one that really makes me think. I've read the first chapter (I had to take a peak) called "Children, Chores, Humility and Health". Joel Salatin (you may have seen him in the film, Food, Inc.) jumps right in discussing what he thinks is wrong with our society today - how removed we are from how life has been for centuries. We no longer raise our own food (some of us are trying to learn though), chop our own firewood, etc. I'm curious to see where he takes this book.
I'm always open to suggestions for good books. Please share if you have read anything interesting lately.