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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Dirty Life and a giveaway

I was gifted a wonderful book from Simply Authentic called The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love. This isn't the first time Simply Authentic has gifted me with a book. The last one being No Impact Man. So thank you!

The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love is an amazingly quick read. It is about the author's journey of meeting the man of her dreams who just happens to be a farmer, and brings her along for the ride. It goes through their entire journey as a new couple, looking for land, starting their own (amazing) CSA, and right through their wedding.

I really enjoyed this book. Right from the beginning it made me dream of my own life on a farm. And several times I actually got up from reading to go check on my garden. Definitely not the same as the acres that she is farming with her husband (and now hired help as well), but it was enough to make me get out of the house and take stock of what I had available to me. There were a few squeamish moments for me. Mainly the cooking of testicles and eating liver and heart, and cooking with the blood from a pig. No matter how close to the land I want to live, I just don't think I can get THAT close to the land. I am not one for wasting food, but some things I believe are just better left alone :-)

Since this book was gifted to me, I would like to gift it to someone else who is interested in reading such a wonderfully easy memoir. Usually I would not offer up a book, since I am a serious bibliophile and would prefer to hoard as many books as humanly possible. But, since Simply Authentic has been so generous, I think I should be as well. So if you would like to read this book, leave me a comment with your e-mail address, and I will send it to you with the hope of passing it along.

2 comments:

  1. Um....I have another book (ahem) that I need to read but I am so very proud of you for hosting your very 1st giveaway!

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  2. So glad that you enjoyed it! Can't believe you're already done==you weren't kidding about being a fast reader. I thought it was great so it makes me happy that you liked it also :)

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