Basically memoirs of this NY journalist who met and fell for and went with an organic farmer to build a self sustaining farm in Upstate New York that would grow all the foods in a person's diet from Meats, to vegetables to grain etc.
Like Laura Ingalls Wilder - conquering sort of uncharted territory and building and planting from scratch in tough circumstances. Like Julia Child in a lot of cooking using all parts of many animals! Not an easy read for the vegetarian of faint heart. Surprisingly, given how vegetarian I am, I didn't have an issue with reading it!
What was interesting to me was- and it obviously happens in real life too- giving up everything one is to be with someone else of a TOTALLY different lifestyle and actually way of thinking too. I mean hating the use of electricity? Hello?
Is this prompted by dissatisfaction with life or insecurity or is it simply an adventure? Maybe a bit of it all- and frankly in today's world even if you marry someone- very often it's not a permanent choice- there are options if needed
I would give this book a 7.5 / 10. I really enjoyed it but I wouldn’t live this life for a day
So Laura Ingalls Wilder was a kid in a pioneer family that conquered the great West.
Her books- the Little House series- are phenomenal. For all ages. Plan to start with my kids soon- but as recently as 4 years ago I had a squabble with two other adults ( sort of, sisters- so we revert) because we all wanted to the same book at the same time J Would rate a 9/10
Also Julia Child- What a woman. Have read her last Biography/ Auto biography ( published posthumously) - Appetite for Life (rate it 6.5/10) but not her cook books. Have an idea about them from the book Julie and Julia (6/10)- (which I bought by mistake thinking it was Chicklit). After all the pounding, crushing, cracking, boiling etc done to various members we study under zoology- I decided to give the cookbooks a pass!! Julia Child was a spy for the CIA too.
I think the biggest take away from reading about her is that she is one person who exemplifies- it's never too late. She met her husband at the age of around 40 and started cooking only at around the age of 45!!
My call to action- Carpe Diem - Seize the day and do something you have been wanting to without thinking it's too late or you are too old!!!!!
I did today- will hopefully be able to write about it in a month's time!!!!