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Harvest: Field Notes from a Far-Flung Pursuit of Real Food

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After a harrowing experience with a pink-slime burger, acclaimed writer Max Watman resolves to stock his pantry with real food. Invigorated by memories of his childhood in rural Virginia with foodie parents, he hunts, fishes, gardens, bakes, makes cheese, raises livestock, butchers, preserves, and pickles. All does not go as planned: his backyard paradise is invaded by a defiant chicken-killing raccoon; his homemade Camembert tastes like chalk; and for one moment it seems as if he’s lost a thousand-pound steer. With humor and infectious enthusiasm, Watman perseveres, detailing the pitfalls and triumphs of his do-it-yourself adventures without pretense. On his quest he learns that the value of the endeavor is in the attempt, and that living from scratch is not all-or-nothing. With a blend of down-home spirit and literary panache, Watman serves up a delectable taste of the farm life—minus the farm.

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"Watman (Chasing the White Dog) shares his knowledge on how to make cheese, kill or catch your dinner, grow tomatoes or find edible plants in your neighborhood, and along the way turns his triumphs and tribulations into endearing stories that have a hint of expertise and a big dose of seat-of-your-pants gusto. The main reoccurring storyline running through the book — Watman purchasing his own 675-lb. steer (nicknamed Bubbles) — is a perfect example of Watman's go-big-or-go-home approach to taking control of not only where his family's food comes from but also how it is prepared. Watman's self-deprecating, conversational prose is a refreshing antidote to some foodie writers who take themselves too seriously, and he makes it clear that this isn't just about one year of doing these things but a true life change makes his adventures all the more poignant. Also, his motto to 'Fail again, fail better' should be a great motivator for those who have been too afraid to make their own charcuterie or shoot the raccoon eating their chickens, and demonstrates why this book succeeds not only as a memoir but also as a work to inspire everyone to try new things regardless of expertise. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Max Watman’s compulsively readable memoir of his dogged quest to craft meals from scratch.

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After an epiphany caused by a harrowing bite into a pink-slime burger, Max Watman resolves to hunt, fish, bake, butcher, preserve, and pickle. He buys a thousand-pound-steer--whom he names Bubbles--raises chickens, gardens, and works to transform his small-town home into a gastronomic paradise. In this compulsively readable memoir, Watman records his experiments and adventures as he tries to live closer to the land and the source of his food.

About the Author

Max Watman is the author of Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine and Race Day: A Spot on the Rail with Max Watman. Raised in the mountains of Virginia and the kitchens of Washington DC, he currently lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and son.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393063028
Author:
Watman, Max
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Cooking and Food-General
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
20.96 x 13.97 mm

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Watman (Chasing the White Dog) shares his knowledge on how to make cheese, kill or catch your dinner, grow tomatoes or find edible plants in your neighborhood, and along the way turns his triumphs and tribulations into endearing stories that have a hint of expertise and a big dose of seat-of-your-pants gusto. The main reoccurring storyline running through the book — Watman purchasing his own 675-lb. steer (nicknamed Bubbles) — is a perfect example of Watman's go-big-or-go-home approach to taking control of not only where his family's food comes from but also how it is prepared. Watman's self-deprecating, conversational prose is a refreshing antidote to some foodie writers who take themselves too seriously, and he makes it clear that this isn't just about one year of doing these things but a true life change makes his adventures all the more poignant. Also, his motto to 'Fail again, fail better' should be a great motivator for those who have been too afraid to make their own charcuterie or shoot the raccoon eating their chickens, and demonstrates why this book succeeds not only as a memoir but also as a work to inspire everyone to try new things regardless of expertise. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Max Watman’s compulsively readable memoir of his dogged quest to craft meals from scratch.
"Synopsis" by , After an epiphany caused by a harrowing bite into a pink-slime burger, Max Watman resolves to hunt, fish, bake, butcher, preserve, and pickle. He buys a thousand-pound-steer--whom he names Bubbles--raises chickens, gardens, and works to transform his small-town home into a gastronomic paradise. In this compulsively readable memoir, Watman records his experiments and adventures as he tries to live closer to the land and the source of his food.
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