The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, And Love (2010)
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love (2010)
Rating
4.04 of 5 Votes: 5
ISBN
1416551603 (ISBN13: 9781416551607)
languge
English
publisher
Scribner
Rate book
Overall a good read. There are parts that I found disturbing and others I found humorous. The author focused on farming & food for most of the book. I was left wishing she'd talked more about her husband and their relationship. It felt to me like there wasn't a good balance of the three and I felt like there was a disconnect when she talked about her husband. I never was able to grasp the nature of their relationship and why it works. I have a new appreciation for farmers after reading this book. Since this is a book about farming and where food comes from, it's not really sugar-coated and I found some of the reality of it a bit difficult to read. I realize how much I take for granted by just going to the nearest grocery store to purchase whatever produce/meat I need and/or want without giving much thought to who grew it/raised it and what they had to do to make that happen. I am also grateful for what farmers have to endure, be it drought, rains, etc.Since reading this book, I've learned that I am not cut out for gardening, despite several summers of concerted effort to do so. Instead, my family decided to join a CSA, not unlike the one Kimball describes in her book. It's a small step, but an important one. A friend recommended I read this, and I'm glad she did because otherwise this gem of a story would not have been on my radar. I like that the story is a "local" one (well 2 1/2 hours away), and I now must visit this farm! Kimball's story might remind some of Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman's blog (leaving behind the big city for love) or Elizabeth Gilbert's book Eat, Pray, Love (finding oneself after trying to run away). This book was published at the right time - organic, local farming is popular now (and Kimball herself admits that she and her husband were fortunate with the timing of their farm). Read this book to learn about farming (real farming, not the glorified versions). Read this book to enjoy a great love story. Read this book to learn about CSAs, friends, communities, and the goodness of others. Read this book because it's written so well (Kimball really is a good writer). No matter what reason you choose to read this book, just read it, and enjoy it.
Reviews
princess
Loved it!...what great insight into farming....Kristins wring is very eloquent
Zaira
being a country girl myself, I enjoyed this read.
Wolf
A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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