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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)
Mather, Robin (Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Mather, Robin
Title: 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)
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Ten Speed Press, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 266 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Robin Mather
Notes: Includes index
Summary: "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.
ISBN: 158008558X
9781580085588
Branch Call Number: 641.552 M4275f 2011
Subject Headings: Low budget cooking
Genre/Form: Cookbooks
Topical Term: Low budget cooking
LCCN: 2010045085
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After a divorce and job loss, the author decides to move and start fresh by eating locally on $40 a week.


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I loved this book, she weaves together her story plus local seasonal recipes. I can hardly wait for the local strawberries to try out her french style preserves. I loved the message of reliance on community and neighbors.

Very easy reading.
Prompted a trip to Barry County, MI.

Jun 19, 2013
  • dfpoz rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love reading about people who took a chance, got out of their comfort zone & who rediscovered themselves in the process. This was a very interesting journey to read and glad that Ms Mather chose to share it.

Sep 19, 2012
  • Blueeyetea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Interesting read on the choices one can make when buying food. I also wanted to try quite a number of the recipes.

Jan 30, 2012
  • Flamestream rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 25, 2011
  • deneler rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The book is a collection of essays and recipes organized by season. As someone new to eating locally and within season I found this book quite educational on when it is best to purchase particular types of food, eat locally, and preserve. However, I think that is why I feel mislead from the subtitle. I expected more content, on the ways these actions impacted her emotional spirit. Instead I read factual essays and little stories that I feel did not allow a look at her emotional growth. The book is great reference material, but not very inspirational.

Sep 24, 2011
  • pattyskypants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

This was a delightful read. I loved the way she reminisced about foods that her mother and grandmother used to prepare as part of her post-divorce process of self-healing. The recipes at the end of each chapter sound mouth-watering good and make you want to stop reading, run into the kitchen, and start cooking!

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