Apr 15, 09
Read in January, 2009
This is a funny memoir by the author of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books written for children. Betty MacDonald has a wry sense of humor and keen powers if observation as she chronicles her days as a newlywed after WWI running a poultry farm in the Pacific Northwest. She loves to cook and describes delicious meals she concocts out of the unusual ingredients found in that region. She also describes the quirky people in that rural community. Of particular note are Ma and Pa Kettle who run a neighboring farm.
Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurry starred in the movie made and set in the 1940s. The movie was of course not as good as the book but it was the beginning of a series of B movies featuring Ma and Pa Kettle and secured their place in popular American culture as the best example of comic haphazard farming.