Happy Hens and Fresh Eggs : Keeping Chickens in the Kitchen Garden, with 100 Recipes
Overview - * Winner of the Best Single Subject Book in Canada (English) at the 2016 Gourmand Cookbook Awards * Today's renaissance of the backyard flock is driven by a growing desire for healthy organic ingredients, food security and animal welfare--and while hunger might be "the best sauce," a dash of self-sufficiency is remarkably satisfying too. Read more...
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* Winner of the Best Single Subject Book in Canada (English) at the 2016 Gourmand Cookbook Awards *
Today's renaissance of the backyard flock is driven by a growing desire for healthy organic ingredients, food security and animal welfare--and while hunger might be "the best sauce," a dash of self-sufficiency is remarkably satisfying too. As communities across the country amend urban bylaws to allow backyard flocks, more and more of us are enjoying the pleasures and rewards of keeping hens in the garden.
In addition to tending her family's flock as a child, Signe Langford has kept chickens in her urban yard for almost a decade. Her book is stuffed full of practical advice on keeping the garden both gorgeous and productive and hens happy and healthy. In addition to answering questions about coop construction, year-round egg production and whether or not a rooster is really needed, she covers the best breeds for backyards. Langford includes dozens of simple and elegant recipes from her own kitchen, as well as contributions from celebrated chefs.
With beautiful photographs, illustrations and garden plans, this book is sure to become a favorite of avid and aspiring backyard farmers alike.
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Professional cook and food writer Langford combines her love of food, gardens, and backyard chickens in her scattered but delightful first book. The book is a hybrid of several genres: part cookbook, part memoir, part how-to-raise-backyard-chickens manual, and even part sketchbook. The genres, for the most part, blend together seamlessly and add to the unique charm of Langford's creation. A few negative family anecdotes seem out of place, but they're brief and easily overlookd. The book is divided into four sections by season. Each section is then broken down into two parts, the first providing advice on raising backyard chickens and on gardening with chickens in general, and the second providing seasonal recipes for free-range eggs. Langford's tips and tricks for chicken tending don't go into much detail, but they are helpful in that they will get chicken owners and would-be chicken owners thinking about a wide variety of issues that go hand-in-hand with urban hen-keeping. Similarly, some of the recipes lack specifics, such as the required temperature, but the wide variety will appeal to many tastes and skill-levels. (May)