Synopses & Reviews
Many people dream of leaving the workaday world for a life of simplicity and freedom, and Margaret Hathaway and her then-boyfriend Karl did just that. In The Year of the Goat,
you can jump in the “goat mobile” with them as they ditch their big-city lifestyle to trek across forty-three states in search of greener pastures and the perfect goat cheese. Along the way, you’ll meet a vivid cast of characters. But beware: When it comes to goat cheese, it can be love at first bite.
“Hathaway’s descriptions of the various characters they meet—both human and goat—are funny and vivid.”
“Anyone who has watched someone fall in love will recognize the symptoms: It’s sweet; it’s naive; it’s insane; it’s contagious. But what Hathaway and Schatz . . . have fallen for is the idea of raising goats.”
“Back-to-the-land fantasies aren’t new, but Hathaway gives theirs a modern twist.”
“Reading Margaret and Karl’s delightful journey reminded me of the ideals that brought many of us at Moosewood together over thirty years ago. . . . And boy did I learn a lot about goats and cheese!”
—Wynnie Stein, co-owner/author, Moosewood Restaurant
This is a book for anyone who's ever imagined going back in time to a simpler life--or anyone who loves cheese. Entertainment Weekly
Back-to-the-land fantasies aren't new, but Hathaway gives theirs a modern twist. Publishers Weekly
From Maine to Arizona and back again, Margaret and Karl and their dog, Godfrey, travel across America, visiting dairy farms and goat meat ranches. They meet a colorful cast of farmers, cheese makers, breeders, and chefs. They sample cheese from all over the country, learn how to make goat cheese themselves, keep a farm, care for the animals, and learn the protocols of participating in festivals and auctions. Once again back in Maine, they have a goat-themed wedding, and go on to purchase ten acres of pasture and their own herd of goats. Hathaway's polished and entertaining prose is complemented by Schatz's extraordinary photography.
From Maine to Arizona, and back again, Margaret and Karl and their dog, Godfrey, travel across America in search of green pastures, simple tradition, and the perfect goat cheese.
About the Author
Margaret Hathaway is a freelance writer and aspiring farmer. A former manager of the Magnolia Bakery in New York City, she is a founding member of the Portland Slow Food Convivium, as well as an active volunteer with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners' Association. She lives in Maine with her husband Karl, her daughter Charlotte, their dog Godfrey, and an ever-growing group of animals.
Karl Schatz is the former on-line photo editor for Time Magazine. He is currently the operations manager for Aurora Photos.