The Feast Nearby by Robin Mather
Chicago Times food writer Robin Mather loses her job and her husband decides to end their marriage all within one week. She decides to live in her 635 square foot cabin at a lake in Michigan. Her income is slashed and she can only spend $40 per week on food. How she eats locally and well on $40 per week is the main subject of the book. She does this by buying fruits & vegetables seasonally and preserving them. She raises chickens and barters and trades with local producers. In addition to the main story, there is the story of learning to anticipate needs. How will she maintain a warm home during the long, cold Michigan winter? How will her chickens fare during the winter? It is a very pleasing book as she gains confidence and happiness. There are many good recipes and canning and preserving instructions. All in all, a good read.