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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) (2011)

by Robin Mather(Favorite Author)
3.67 of 5 Votes: 4
158008558X (ISBN13: 9781580085588)
Ten Speed Press
review 1: I originally did not get excited about the book as I started reading. It felt like another " city goes country" storyline. However, the writing is sincere and the recipes are wonderful. Her philosophy on utilizing local produce and community resources is much appreciated. Slowing down and paying attention to individuals and the gifts they have to offer as well as natures abundance was an enjoyable and soothing reminder.
review 2: I expected to read about Robin as she changed her life after becoming unemployed and divorced. Not that I was looking to pick over her career and marriage, but I hoped to read about her her journey to this place an time. I respect her choice to keep it private until she writes a book and titles it "How I lost my job, buried my ma
... morerriage and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering and eating locally (all on forty dollars a week)". Other than a few factual lines in the 5 page introduction (and the subtitle) there is nothing in the book to tie her year to the major changes in her life. This book could be almost any year since she moved to the lake in Michigan and because of that it seemed to fall flat for me. Usually my mouth is watering, and I can't wait to peruse the recipes at the end of the chapters. In this book, I barely gave them a glance. . .and I did not copy any for future use. While how she lives is very interesting to this fellow localvore, it wasn't as delicious as Cooking for Mr Latte or My Berlin Kitchen. Her writing wasn't passionate enough to change my life like Barbara Kingsolver. It is a well written, easy to read book in a very "this is the facts" sort of way. I feel like this is a lost opportunity. . . she was a food writer for the Chicago Tribune. . .she lived in different areas of the US. . . less
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Honestly, kind of boring. Kind of dissapointing.
Some interesting recipes and preserving ideas.
Ugh what a precious tool.
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