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Helen Nearing left city life with her husband, Scott, nearly sixty years ago to move first to Vermont and then to their farm in Harborside, Maine. The Nearings' food and living philosophies have provided the guidelines for many who seek a simpler way of life. Helen is the author of Wise Words for the Good Life: A Homesteader's Personal Collection, Loving and Leaving the Good Life, Simple Food for the Good Life, and co-author (with Scott Nearing) of The Maple Sugar Book.

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Product Details

  • Series: Good Life Series
  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890132292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890132293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen Nearing left city life with her husband, Scott, nearly sixty years ago to move first to Vermont and then to their farm in Harborside, Maine. The Nearings' food and living philosophies have provided the guidelines for many who seek a simpler way of life.

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By A Customer on September 19, 2002
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I borrowed this book from my local library. Not being able to sleep one night, I picked it up and dug into page one. At 2 am, I finally set it down, reading the entire volume in one entranced sitting, eagerly anticipating the next morning when I could try some horse chow for breakfast rather than my usual cooked oatmeal glop. A handful of raw oats, a banana, some nuts, a few raisins, and a splash of soy milk was all it took that morning for me to become addicted to a way of eating that makes so much sense, it's amazing to think of mind-numbing habits that contribute to the dismal American diet. I love the author's no-nonsense approach, writing for "the rest of us" that don't relate to the idea of spending three hours in the kitchen to make a meal that will be gulped down in twenty minutes. I recommend it to anyone wishing to slow down and simplify in this diet-crazed country of ours.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, more than I enjoyed "Living the Good Life." Helen Nearing gives clear, concise arguments for eating simple, unprocessed food. As a strict vegetarian who has to sometimes defend my dietary choices to my family and friends, I treasured her well-laid out chapter on vegetarianism. Though Helen definitely had her own opinions and stuck to them, I like the message of tolerance that comes through when she speaks about dietary choices and conciences. The recipes are all very simple and easy to understand, and, unlike some vegetarian cookbooks, do not call for hard-to-find ingredients. I also liked her use of quotes on vegetarianism, food in general, and cooking. A very good book, good for anyone who is reevaluating his or her diet.
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Helen Nearing does not mince words. She tells it like she thinks it, which is part of the beauty of her style. This book will make you thing about the way you eat, and what you feed those you love, so get ready to have some assumptions challenged. I have used some of the recipes in this text, and have not been disappointed (try any of the salads described or the banana cookies for a snack).
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If you Hate to cook but really want to be healthy, this is your book. A good value. You get a lot of ideas from this book. It encourages good thinking. Not for people who Love to Cook. This is for the rest of us. Enjoy!
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This book is a collection of essays and recipes explaining and demonstrating Helen Nearing's philosophy about food. Nearing is the first to point out that she does not enjoy cooking in the least. For this reason, she spent as little time as possible in food preparation. Nevertheless, as thousands of visitors would testify, the food from her kitchen was wholesome, tasty, and most of all, nourishing. Her cardinal rule was that food should take no longer to prepare than to consume. Of course, some dishes required simmering for several hours on the woodstove, but the active involvement of the cook was still limited to just a few minutes.

The first part of the book is devoted mainly to Nearing's philosophy of food. She explains the benefits of minimal processing and raw foods, for the cook as well as for health. She devotes an entire chapter to espousing vegetarianism. The second part of the book contains recipes or general directions for the kinds of foods she and Scott ate on their homesteads. Separate chapters cover breakfast, soups, salads, vegetables, casseroles, baking, desserts, and beverages. She also discusses seasonings, food preservation, and food storage. One delightful aspect of the book is her collection of quotes from old books that she sprinkles throughout the text.

Nearing is very clear about her approach to cooking-she doesn't consider the process itself a worthwhile activity. She tells us "work is only work if you'd rather be doing something else. Well, I'd rather be reading (or writing) a good book, playing good music, building a wall, gardening, swimming, skating, walking-anything that is more active, more intellectual, or more inspiring.
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...because the recipes are the best part of this book. I'm not particularly fond of the writer's style, though one could admire the honesty and candor in her writing. To me she seems just too self-righteous, and I'm not too fond of any book where meat-eaters get unnecessarily criticized. If I choose not to eat meat, why in the world would I want to bash those who do? What? Does it make ME look better? Make THEM feel stupid for their choices? To me that doesn't really accomplish anything, and only pushes people further away. She has a real take it or leave it attitude ("here's what I cooked. Eat it. If you like it, good. If you don't, go get it somewhere else.") Well, it's pretty easy for her to have that attitude, because she and her husband eat the same way...she can afford to make that statement without great risk. I just wasn't feeling her attitude in this book, but to her credit, her recipes are great. Nothing is too time consuming, and everything is healthful and all natural...just the way I like to eat. If you want to create food that's simple, close to the earth, and fast and easy, without much fuss or muss, or if you just plain old hate to cook, then this IS the book for you...read it and enjoy...
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