I thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary American novel. As it is set in the nineties among the creators of the new then computer/internet companies, II thoroughly enjoyed this contemporary American novel. As it is set in the nineties among the creators of the new then computer/internet companies, I learnt a great deal about those early days od dot coms.
This book has the most beautiful seduction scene evolving over a few days, involving a great big house, exquisite collection of antique cookbooks and a peach.
I read The Pioneer Woman a long while back, before it was published in the book format. I read it on Ree Drummond's website when it was still only a bI read The Pioneer Woman a long while back, before it was published in the book format. I read it on Ree Drummond's website when it was still only a blog. I found it very funny. It's a very different take on farming life and a whole different story than, for example, Kristin Kimball's The Dirty Life. I must say as hilarious, amusing and lighthearted blog, it worked better for me in that format than a big glossy hard cover, that lucky me, I could borrow from the library....more
I love books about farming, gardening, growing food and creating lasting bonds so no wonder I was drawn to this book.
Having recently enjoyed Susan JubI love books about farming, gardening, growing food and creating lasting bonds so no wonder I was drawn to this book.
Having recently enjoyed Susan Juby’s latest: The Woefield Poultry Collective I was hungry for more farming lore. Juby’s book is delightful and funny, a great entertaining read, but it is just playing farm. Now Kristin Kimball is the real thing. This wonderful writer is also a very serious farmer who together with her husband established and runs the Essex Farm.
Kristin Kimball's book came to me via Your Food Your Choice conference so I am lucky to have heard her speak about her life and her book. Once I got back home from this incredibly inspiring event, I have moved all my other books to the side and started reading. It's not for the faint of heart, full of graphic details of farm life in its entire glory, and it is an amazing and engaging read. It's a story of going back to land in times of economic upheaval, it is about going back to the roots literally and figuratively, it's about unhinged New Yorker becoming deeply committed to the ethics of hard work and growing good food as well as building community.
There are many many beautiful mindful moments in the course of the story such as milking the cows, making syrup from the sugar bush, working the land with the horses, weeding, harvesting food, cooking it, Kristin and Mark's wedding on the farm, and many more.
The chapter on milking and milk is not to be missed. It transported me directly to my childhood years in the sixties and seventies when I, a big city girl, had access to farms, cows, chicken and such during my summers spent mostly in the countryside. When Kristin talks about the taste of sour milk straight from the cow, I know exactly what she means, I can close my eyes and just like Proust reminiscencing about the taste of madeleines I can go back in time and savour the taste of cool sour milk drunk directly from clay bowls that stood on the shady parapets of the farmhouse window.
I remember being warned when I left Poland in the eighties: "watch out for their food in the West, it's all artificial and has no taste."
Growing good food, delivering it "two steps away from dirt", cooking it and eating with other people, we seemed to have forgotten that it is so essential to life and happiness, especially here in the North America but we are slowly forgetting it everywhere else as well. No wonder UNESCO declared French cuisine 'world intangible heritage’. Now we all need to rediscover this heritage because it's not exclusively French possession they just had been wisely holding on to it on every corner of their streets.
I love Susan Juby's Alice books and it is the main reason why I picked up this book. And of course this one is different. It is so much more personal.I love Susan Juby's Alice books and it is the main reason why I picked up this book. And of course this one is different. It is so much more personal. I am not sure why I love books like that, but I do. About, essentially, not fitting in and having a hard time finding one's place in the world. Nice Recovery is a great book, it's a very straight forward account of downward and upward journey from addiction to recovery. I think she wrote it hoping to reach young people in need of this kind of open and no nonsense yet empathetic talk. It can be read as a sort of self help manual and a kind of defense against hopelessness. Nothing will replace support from another human, but a book can be a first step....more