Mar 8, 2011

{what i read: february}

okay, so here it is {finally}. what i read last month. not a heck of a lot.
sorry for being so completely m.i.a. again, guys. things have just been really busy around here? lame lame lame reason, i know.


i have mixed feelings about this book. daniel & i both like the movie. & the book is actually quite EXACTLY like the book until about the last 10 pages. kind of making the reading a bit slower...knowing everything that is going to happen & things. 

that said, if you have seen or know anything about the movie -this is old news. but the book is told from three main different points of view - a young girl named briony, her older sister, celia & robbie - the son of their families housekeeper. the whole book is about perception, which is why i think both it & the movie are so interesting. particularly, the way briony perceived the events of a particular summer day & how it affects all three of their lives from that point forward - & through the end of the story. i don't know everyones standards with books, but because of some of the crude content in this one - mostly in the beginning - i can't wholeheartedly endorse it for you all. i don't know how else to say it...the movie is a bit more vague in some of those things, so maybe if you're not so much of a fan of long novels anyways, that would just be a better way to go if you're interested...

& secondly...

{nourishing traditions}

yes. this is a cookbook. & yes. i read a cookbook this month. but unlike so many others, this one has sections in the front that talk about each section of food in the book {pantry staples, meats, sauces, desserts, salads etc...} - with all kinds of statistics & nutritional info etc. i actually thought it was really interesting, for whatever its worth.
the gist of this book is really quite radical. a lot of people wouldn't agree with it. & i still want to do a bit more research before i would just say YES, i am totally 100% on board with everything in here - but - that said, i really love what she has to say & it really does make a lot of sense to me.
one of her big arguments in the book is actually about animal meats & fats {butters, oils, meat, broths etc...} & how they actually ARE good for you. yes. butter. good for you. you can pull yourself back into your chair, now. & i know, i'm giving you NO info about all of this, here. obviously i'm not saying that you can go buy 10 pounds of butter from harris teeter right now & devour it all & not clog an artery. but that maybe just maybe...all of the above things from grass fed, healthy animals aren't as horrible for you as you think...the frustrating part about reading this book for me was, apart of being just slightly overwhelming, it was also discouraging that it's so difficult to find a lot of the 'healthy foods' they talked about in her book. north carolina doesn't really make it easy to fine non-homogenized milk {among other things} & thats actually a major component in a lot of her recipes. as far as the actual cookbook - not everything is super weird, in fact, a lot of the recipes are quite easy. & you could incorporate a lot of the things she talks about even if you're living somewhere where it's really difficult to follow her cookbook to a t. i would seriously looking into buying - or even checking this book out from your library & give it a chance :)
if nothing else, its an interesting perspective, & it kind of gets you thinking about things, you know?


  1. check out this link to your local WAPF chapter:

    emailing the charlotte chapter leader and asking her where to find things that you want may be really helpful. mine directed me to a coop that i love where i can get all kinds of farm-fresh things. its been a blessing.

  2. My dad has the cookbook, and I've just started reading it. My dad is very passionate about pretty much all of the things in the book. We have a farm and we do the whole pastured poultry, free-range eggs, grass-fed and finished beef sort of thing. :) I'm just now finding myself becoming interested in this "movement," so I'm not very educated about it yet. We have two dairy cows (along with several dairy goats), so we haven't bought milk (or chicken, for that matter) from the grocery store in years. I cringe when I think about that white water that's labeled as milk. :) I think it's completely ridiculous that it's illegal to sell raw milk in most states (in Virginia, you have to do dairy shares for it to be legal, and I think in NC, it has to be labeled as "pet food").

    Okay, getting off the soapbox now. :)


  3. hi Mindy.

    I just recently bought this book and am trying to follow it mostly. I'm wanting to do sourdough bread and of course a lot more. My ice cream with Maple syrup didn't fly this past weekend so it's back to the starting point with it. I have some organic cane sugar (Rapadura). I would like to try it in ice cream but I've heard it doesn't always dissolve well... and then I just read to powder it more in the food processor so I think I'll try that.

    Would love to talk with you about it sometime if you'd like to. I know some local sources for some things. I know all about the NC milk laws.

    I can also send you links to some great blogs that follow NT (Nourishing Traditions). I have them all bookmarked. :)

    C Calvert

  4. cindy - that would be awesome! i'd love to talk to you about it :)

    & carissa - thank you thank you :) i emailed her.