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The Feast Nearby

August 15, 2011

  I read quite a few memoirs, and books about food, but it’s a real pleasure to read a memoir about local eating from an accomplished food writer. Robin Mather finds herself living in a small cabin in Michigan with a dog, a parrot, and not much money. This is the story of her first year or so living there, trying to eat frugally and locally. Robin doesn’t give us too much information about her past, which is a refreshing change. No bad-mouthing her ex-husband or former employer, the Chicago Tribune. Robin is a foodie who enjoys living on a lake, cooking, eating, and preserving delicious food. She doesn’t even try to grow all her food, as other writers have done. Her small lot is shady, so herbs and eggs from some chickens is all she doesn’t buy. Lots of delicious-sounding recipes, and little stories about  her pets, her neighbors, and memories of family and friends and feasts. In short, Robin is good company, and I bet she’s a great cook, too. Read more about her and find recipes here.

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