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The Feast in Southwest Michigan

I’ve read a number of books, such as Plenty or Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, that extol the virtues of eating local foods and supporting small family farms, but it wasn’t until I picked up Robin Mather’s The Feast Nearby that I felt I was truly reading about local food; that is, food from West Michigan.  Mather, former food editor for Detroit News and writer for Cooking Light magazine, moved to her retirement cottage on Stewart Lake (Barry County, MI) shortly after the break-up of her marriage and the loss of her job.  Financially strapped but determined to eat well and support her local economy, she afforded good, local food by buying seasonally and preserving food to stock her pantry year-round.  Mather shares tips for shifting to a local diet and includes numerous recipes for creating a tasty, seasonal menu.  It was a quick, pleasurable read, and I was delighted every time she mentioned the Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market or the name of a local business or farm I recognized.

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The Feast Nearby
9781580085588

The Feast in Southwest Michigan

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I’ve read a number of books, such as Plenty or Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, that extol the virtues of eating local foods and supporting small family farms, but it wasn’t until I picked up Robin Mather’s The Feast Nearby that I felt I was truly reading about local food; that is, food from West Michigan.  Mather, former food editor for Detroit News and writer for Cooking Light magazine, moved to her retirement cottage on Stewart Lake (Barry County, MI) shortly after the break-up of her marriage and the loss of her job.  Financially strapped but determined to eat well and support her local economy, she afforded good, local food by buying seasonally and preserving food to stock her pantry year-round.  Mather shares tips for shifting to a local diet and includes numerous recipes for creating a tasty, seasonal menu.  It was a quick, pleasurable read, and I was delighted every time she mentioned the Kalamazoo Farmer’s Market or the name of a local business or farm I recognized.

Book

The Feast Nearby
9781580085588

Posted by Caitlin Hoag at 07/14/2011 10:50:25 AM | 


Planning a trip to the Ludington area this fall, this book may come in handy along the way. Are there any other similar books to help find some west side hidden gems?

thx, don
Posted by: don ( Email ) at 7/15/2011 3:02 PM


The Library has a number of great books to help you discover Michigan, including Traveling Michigan's Sunset Coast, Fun with the Family in Michigan, and Weird Michigan. Click here to find more: http://tinyurl.com/3r594st
Posted by: CaitlinH ( Email ) at 7/18/2011 8:44 AM


We have a slogan here at Myrtle Beach, "Buy Local, Be Local" It's very much helpful to any town when you buy local produce. Besides, fresh is always better anyway, no matter the price. Good read, good book. thanks.
Posted by: Shane ( Email ) at 12/22/2011 10:27 AM


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