The next book which I have read is a very quick read as each chapter has a few pages of recipes so the reading doesn't take quite that long. Called "The Feast Nearby" about Robin Mather who wrote a story about "How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering and eating locally (all on forty dollars a week).
Joel Salatin founder of Polyface Farm, author of "You Can Farm" writes about this book:-
"Can local food work? How does it work? Can my kitchen really be economically viable? The Feast Nearby lovingly and practically illustrates how localization works. Robin Mather opens her heart - indeed, bares her soul - in this captivating journey that affirms everything doable and beautiful about living and eating locally. Everyone should read this book.
I loved the cover of this book as it's so appealing with the gumboots, the carrotts, the apron and the rustic wood. I did think there would be a little more about the "story" and I thought she would have a big veggie garden. As her place was in the shade she only grew herbs and had chickens and sourced other ingredients locally and met people and spoke about that. It documents a year of her new life after the marriage and job loss. I really did love how she went back to basics and was happier than she had been before connecting with local people their stories, food and preserving and canning for winter. I really enjoyed this book and I read it in a day. Our library didn't have it and when I enquired if they could order it in, it wasn't at their particular suppliers so I had to buy this one myself. You may have more luck with your library but get this one as it's lovely. Coming from Brisbane, Queensland I can't relate to being snowed in for days and our local shops are less than 5 mins away but forward planning in places were it snows definitely pays off.
If you remember I wrote ages ago about one of my other favourite simple living books about an Australian journalist living the high life comes back to Tasmania and settles in an old "Nun's house" and grows veggies...this one the library did have and suggest if you haven't read it get it out. I loved loved this story. It's called "The Story of Seven Summers".
I have just ordered "The Simple Home" which is Rhonda Hetzel's from Down to Earth Blog's latest and last book which looks great. It has step by step instructions in this book on break making and other recipes. I loved her other two books as well the first being "Down to Earth" and the 2nd one which was a tiny book called "The Simple Life" both very good reads. She's in the middle of her book tour at the moment with her husband Hanno. I'm hoping my book arrives before Easter so I can stay in bed with a cuppa and read it from cover to cover in the mornings.