Review #338 Farm City

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Review #338 Farm City
Sat, 04-27-2013 - 8:22am

by Novella Carpenter

Interesting read about farming in the city.  She sounds like me...getting the animals and then figuring things out.  LOL!  There is a bit of language here and there throughout the book.  Overall I learned quite a few things and found parts of the book hilarious.

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. In this utterly enchanting book, food writer Carpenter chronicles with grace and generosity her experiences as an urban farmer. With her boyfriend Bills help, her squatters vegetable garden in one of the worst parts of the Bay Area evolved into further adventures in bee and poultry keeping in the desire for such staples as home-harvested honey, eggs and home-raised meat. The built-in difficulties also required dealing with the expected noise and mess as well as interference both human and animal. When one turkey survived to see, so to speak, its way to the Thanksgiving table, the success spurred Carpenter to rabbitry and a monthlong plan to eat from her own garden. Consistently drawing on her Idaho ranch roots and determined even in the face of bodily danger, her ambitions led to ownership and care of a brace of pigs straight out of E.B. White. She chronicles the animalsÖ slaughter with grace and sensitivity, their cooking and consumption with a gastronomeÖs passion, and elegantly folds in riches like urban farming history. Her way with narrative and details, like the oddly poetic names of chicken and watermelon breeds, gives her memoir an Annie Dillard lyricism, but itÖs the juxtaposition of the farming life with inner-city grit that elevates it to the realm of the magical. (June)
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Sat, 04-27-2013 - 1:16pm

Thanks for your review, sounds like a story full of adventure! Thanks for the language warning, will keep that in mind.