It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It

It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It

Misadventures of A Suburban Hunter-gatherer

eBook - 2013
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Longtime Field & Stream contributor Bill Heavey has become the magazine's most popular voice by writing for sportsmen with more enthusiasm than skill. In his first full-length book, Heavey chronicles his attempts to 'eat wild,' seeing how much of his own food he can hunt, fish, grow, and forage. But Heavey is not your typical hunter-gatherer. Living inside the D.C. Beltway, and a single dad to a twelve-year-old daughter with an aversion to 'nature food,' he's almost completely ignorant of gardening and foraging. Incensed at the squirrels destroying his tomatoes, he is driven to rodent murder-by arrow. Along the way, Heavey is guided by a number of unlikely teachers, from the eccentric Paula, who runs an under-the-table bait business, to Michelle, an attractive single mom unselfconsciously devoted to eating locally. To the delight of his readers and the embarrassment of his daughter, he suffers blood loss, humiliation, and learns, as he puts it, that 'edible' is not to be confused with 'tasty.'
Publisher: [United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9780802193483
080219348X
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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angelamuliu
Jan 11, 2018

Bill Heavey's writing is full of dry wit and brutal honesty, and I found myself engaged in the collection of stories he put together in this book. The topics he covers - foraging in the lawn, fishing frogs with bare hands - seem unapproachable at first. But the author recounts his experiences in a very approachable manner, as he documents his mistakes just as much as his successes. I'm definitely going to seek out his other books, this one was a hit!

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