The date is set for March 22 for the Oxbow Farm Book club. We will meet here at 7PM.
This month, we are reading the entertaining book: 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) by Robin Mather.
Find the link to Amazon here. This does not mean that you have to purchase it from this site. Check your local library or bookstore to see if they have it or can order it.
The essence of the book is this-Within a single week in 2009, food journalist Robin Mather found herself on the threshold of a divorce and laid off from her job at the Chicago Tribune. Forced into a radical life change, she returned to her native rural Michigan. Here she learned to live on a limited budget while remaining true to her culinary principles of eating well and as locally as possible. In The Feast Nearby, Mather chronicles her year-long project: preparing and consuming three home-cooked, totally seasonal, and local meals a day–all on forty dollars a week.
I am only a few chapters into the book but I am loving it already and there are several recipes that I am wanting to try. Hey, I figure if the recipes were written by a food journalist then they must adhere to some pretty high standards.
I want to learn any tips she has to eating locally all season because that is very difficult to do-difficult but not impossible. It is also very hard to stick to a budget when buying food for the family. $40 a week wouldn’t work for our family of four, but I am hopefully going to pick up some tips from her on this subject too.
We are still taking suggestions for April’s book so let us know if you have any farm/food related books you have read or would like read.