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Fat of the Land

Fat of the LandFat of the Land was a fun read, but I'm afraid it only provided one tidbit of wildcrafting information I might use (baking with dandelion petals).  Instead, the series of essays follows the hunt for one wild delicacy after another, most of which are seafood and require extreme feats to harvest.  (Those of you who live closer to the shore are more likely to get useful factual information from the book.)

Even though it's only moderately educational, the book is beautifully written and inspirational.  I found it fascinating to follow the culinary journey of a mainstream American who admits that his cooking prowess mostly consisted of opening cans before he started hunting down wild food.  I'd definitely add Fat of the Land to the homesteading-beach-read genre.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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