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“Though it's not a cookbook, per se, there are plenty of recipes, and they are just what we've come to expect from this old friend: sophisticated but not off-puttingly so. . . . Whether you plan to grow hops to brew your own beer or simply want to know some good zucchini varieties to plant in your vegetable garden, this is a terrific place to start.” 
—LA Times Daily Dish blog, 6/9/11

"More and more these days, cooking has come to resemble the Scout troop activities of our youth, in which we took pride in demonstrating our ability to do it ourselves. For those who are looking to get their proverbial merit badge, consider The One-Block Feast: An Adventure in Food from Yard to Table ($25) a survivor's guide of sorts. Part cookbook, part how-to manual, the book cheerfully explains how anyone can take part in cooking from the ground up, whether you have 40 acres or 40 feet."
—Tasting Table National, 3/23/11

The One Block Feast is a beautiful demonstration of how to feed yourself deliciously from a modest backyard. It is an inspiring companion for developing food craft and urban homesteading skills using what’s right out the door.”
—Anya Fernald, former executive director of Slow Food Nation, founder of Live Culture Company, and founder of the Eat Real Festival
 
“Magical, doable, and fun! That’s what we came away with after dining with Sunset’s One-Block team a couple of summers ago. It has inspired many a meal, a host of garden improvements, and we’re teetering on getting chickens.”
—Nikki Silva of NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters
 
“I’m a firm believer in seasonal, local cooking. This book shows you everything that farm-to-table eating encompasses, and I mean everything!”
—Bill Telepan, chef-owner of Telepan and executive chef of Wellness in the Schools
 
“Margo True and her teams of backyard researchers have taken American ideals centered around living off the land and brought them into our twenty-first-century suburban reality. ”
—Sue Conley, co-founder of Cowgirl Creamery
 
The One-Block Feast is thoroughly irresistible. If you’ve ever considered growing your own vegetables (not so hard), raising a few chickens (seems possible), tending your own honeybee hives (really?), making cheese from the milk of your very own cow (hey, why not?), or, say, turning seawater into salt (no way!), this delightful book will help you make your dreams come true. And even if you never actually do any of the DIY projects, there are plenty of delicious seasonal recipes to enjoy.”
—Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, authors of Canal House Cooking 
 
"Thomas Church, who landscaped the grounds at Sunset, titled his book, Gardens are for People. So it seems utterly right that Sunset has produced The One Block Feast, a work that is truly for people. It's about producing good food but also about friends and community. It's about taking charge in this most important area of our lives and becoming strong, happy, and resilient. It's helpful, but not preachy. And it shows what's possible when a few people join forces and backyards to grow good food and harbor bees and maybe a cow, then cook and eat together."
—Deborah Madison, author of Local Flavors and Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone

About the Author

MARGO TRUE is the food editor at Sunset magazine. Before Sunset, she was the executive editor at Saveur and senior editor and writer at Gourmet. She has received three James Beard journalism awards for her food writing, in addition to the James Beard Award for The One-Block Diet blog—shared with fellow book contributors Erika Ehmsen, Sunset’s copy chief and a member of the One-Block project’s Team Wine; Elizabeth Jardina of Team Chicken; Sunset test garden coordinator Johanna Silver; production coordinator Margaret Sloan, who blogs for Team Bee; recipe editor Amy Machnak; and head gardener Rick LaFrentz, who leads Team Beer. Additional contributors to this book include Kathleen Norris Brenzel, Sunset’s garden editor; associate food editor Elaine Johnson; test kitchen coordinator Stephanie Dean; Kimberley Burch, imaging specialist; senior editor Rachel Levin; executive editor Christine Ryan; and Brianne McElhiney, editorial assistant.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; 54030th edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158008527X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580085274
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I absolutely LOVE One Block Feast--I was so happy to see it with my own two eyes this week. Earlier this year, my boyfriend and I went to a cooking demo in Menlo Park with Margo True, who was so kind, wonderful, and enthusiastic about being close to one's food sources that I instantly added this book to my ever-growing book radar. As a young college-grad who is low on cash, time-intensive DIY projects don't always sound feasible. This book gives you a great idea of exactly how much time, money, and space you might need to make some of their one-block dreams a reality. I never thought I'd own chickens or learn to beekeep in my 20's, but this book makes me re-evaluate what I'm capable of as a young working woman. They even updated their adventures in making creamed honey on their One-Block blog, YUM!

Margo and the Sunset team invite you on their journey for all the ups and (sometimes frustrating) downs of becoming a true locavore (thanks for the new word!). Though my boyfriend and I won't be buying a cow for my small cottage in Palo Alto anytime soon (dare to dream!), One Block inspired me to FINALLY learn to dehydrate and can my favorite summer produce (corn, heirlooms, you name it!)--at my own pace, of course.

Did I mention the beautiful photos and incredible recipes?! I'm convinced I can't feel too guilty for cooking their recipes without growing/making all my own ingredients--some are just too fresh and delicious-looking to pass up. If you're looking for an enjoyable, manageable re-vamp to your tired grocery routine, read this book for inspiration. I appreciate the reminder to think about what (and where! how! why!) I'm consuming on a daily basis. It's just a lovely, inspiring read.

Thanks to Margo and everyone at Sunset for reminding me that I'm a capable, creative person who delights in a new adventure. I wish I could buy all my friends a copy. Here's to a healthier, happier 2011!
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This is the most inspiring farm to table book I have ever seen. Margo perfectly weaves together the story of the One-Block Feast with the nitty gritty how-to information for growing your own produce and raising honeybees and chickens. The recipes featured are stunning, but made from few simple ingredients in each, all of which you can grow yourself. Grandma's standard zucchini bread isn't close to anything you'll find in this book.

Perfect for the beginning gardener or the seasoned farmer.
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By M. Jones on March 23, 2011
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This book is so inspiring! Even if you aren't as ambitious as the Sunset crew (ahem), this book has tons of amazing tips for even a wanna be, weekend warrior homesteader. Not to mention delicious sounding recipes and predictably beautiful photos....
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This is one of my favorite books. I have owned it for over a year and every few months I re-read certain chapters for motivational purposes. It was entertaining to learn how people in a square block came together and grew/raise different foods and all lived on those items for the next year. Reading this book at the very least will motivate you to have a garden and who knows, it might even leave you with thoughts of wanting to have a few chickens running around your back yard so you can have a supply of fresh eggs anytime you want them!
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By nesse on September 27, 2011
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This is the most informative easy to follow book EVER! Awsome step by step guides to gardening, when to plant, how to plant, what kind, when to harvest, best soil, and on and on! My husband and I can't put it down! So many awesome things to try
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I read about this book, and saw something on television. Excellent purchase, great path for self-sufficiency. Not only is this very interesting, it will provide you with some fresh ideas.
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As a homesteader (or wannabe homesteader) I really like this book. The pictures are wonderful, popping out from every page. It touches on a ton of subjects, so don't expect it to be fully in-depth.

What I liked:
- The photos were eye popping, bursting from page to page
- Good writing, touching on each subject
- Makes a great coffee table book

What I didn't like:
- Quite obviously written by people with too much money, free time, and people they hire to help them at their 2nd or 3rd residence
- You feel bad you can't do it all but not too many people with full time jobs can do all these things

Summary:
I think this book is great for expanding imagination and more importantly, to show that we can do something for ourselves, even if it's just a little. As a new urban chicken farmer I appreciated this but also saw the flaws as the topics they touched (in this area) was brief. But to be fair, they can't cover that much material unless they are brief. Even though I wish I had time to do more, I was encourage to try something new.
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Awesome book, the service is great. The book showed me I was doing many things that are in the book already but extra tips to help suceed better.
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