The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, And Love
  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, And Love
  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, And Love
ISBN: 1416551611
EAN13: 9781416551614
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 12, 2011
Pages: 287
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 7.9" L x 5.3" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

From a graceful, luminous writer with an eye for detail, this riveting memoir explores a year on a sustainable farm--and the real world epitome of Michael Pollan's food philosophy.

This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life: one with farming--that dirty, concupiscent art--and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer.

Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him. The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season--complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn.

Kimball and her husband had a plan: to grow everything needed to feed a community. It was an ambitious idea, a bit romantic, and it worked. Every Friday evening, all year round, a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the whole diet--beef, pork, Read More chevron_right

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   Wonderful Read
I decided to give this book a rating of 5 because I enjoyed it so much and was not expecting to like it. The memoir is written by a journalist from NYC. She fell in love after interviewing an organic farmer. A city gal and her future husband purchase 500 acres in New York. They start a CSA farming cooperative and marry. The novel has everything you would want in a good book. There is a book about farm life, love, marriage, and responsibility. The love that is required to run a farm, natures ways, and the hardship are just some of the things written about by the author. A great story.
   An Unusual Romance -- Girl Meets Guy and His Farm
The book is about a New York City gal who falls in love with a gardener. This is for the book club. A fascinating book about starting a CSA, which sells subscriptions to people to buy its produce, eggs, meat and other products year around. Although she didn't know much about farming, this woman helped with everything. She was a writer as well. Anyone who wants to know where his or her food comes from will find the adventures of starting a farm interesting. This cookbook is very good. Although I think I eat well, this book made me curious about eating more organic foods. I have always bought from farmer's markets, but now I want to do this more often.
   Great read for those who are into the farm life
The book is a great read for people interested in farm life. But that is not me. I read it for a book club selection and found some of it to be funny, but for the most part, it wasn't something I liked to read. It reminded me of a book written about farm life that was separated into seasons. There were many illustrations and recipes in that book. There were some recipes at the end. This book is not for you if you don't like reading about slaughtering animals. Even though I know it is part of the cycle of life, I didn't go past those parts. This is a good book for people interested in the subject matter. It wasn't one of my favorites.
   Two Smiley Faces out or five It was a good read, though it didn’t make me really happy ...
It was a good read, but it didn't make me very happy It was a good story of a Harvard educated person, where love and adventure led her to pursue a farming career The text was enjoyable, but I was hoping to read some " facts" or processes that I could use that would help me in gardening. The club has read books that appealed to them, but not others. It was a good read, but maybe lacking in process. The book ended with some vegetable recipes.
   Nice job, Kristin
I'm no relation to Kirstin. Her voice was compelling and the language was great in this memoir. The story she tells about farming and her relationship with Mark is very moving. It made me want my own farm. We get about 500 inches of snow in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, which wouldn't lend itself well to be on 35 acres. It made me want to vomit. You are a great writer.