What if you lost your job, saw your marriage crumble, had to move to a small abode, and tried to live on a seemingly unrealistic budget?
Could you survive? Would you prosper?
If I am honest, I really don't know how I would make it. I know I could eke out a subsistence living. Would I prosper though? Could I maintain this lifestyle?
I really don't know how I would do.
Robin Mather not only prospered, she wrote a book about her experience.
In The Feast Nearby, she chronicles "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)."
The Feast Nearby is not a preachy treatise on living locally. Instead, it is an honest collection of essays (with accompanying recipes) that chronicle Mather's journey to experiencing a simpler way of life while, along the way, finding a new self.
I actually read this book a year ago and briefly featured it last April with Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake. I have revisited it often as the seasons go by.
Please grab a copy and join us for the April/May round of CTB. Post by June 1st and you are in the running. I hope you enjoy this practical, informative, and inspiring book of essays and recipes. If you're new to Cook the Books, please check out About or Guidelines or simply leave a question in the comments below. Once you post, just shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment here.
I hope you pick up Mather's book and are inspired to create something local or foraged or preserved or bartered for the next CTB round.
Debra (Eliot's Eats)