A slender book about hunting and gathering that should be useful for those preparing to go out in the field and delightful...

Living the Locavore Lifestyle


A husband-and-wife team shares methods and recipes for those who want to catch, grow, and cook their own food.

The Ingrams (New River Guide, 2015, etc.) outline multiple benefits to living the locavore lifestyle, the least of which is saving money—although it will probably do that too. Mainly they want to eat healthier food that’s not laced with pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones and enjoy the closer ties to nature that living off the land engenders. In short chapters, the authors give the basics: hunting for and butchering deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, and grouse; freshwater fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout, and panfish; gathering wild fruits and nuts, from pawpaws and persimmons to black walnuts and hickory nuts; growing a backyard vegetable garden; and raising chickens for meat and eggs. Interwoven among tips on how to get started in all these endeavors are recipes, along with black-and-white snapshots of the authors, friends, and family hunting, fishing, gathering, and cooking. The last section of the book includes several essays by Bruce, a longtime outdoors writer, on how he began hunting and fishing—despite a late start in stalking animals and his Depression-era parents’ discouraging his first youthful angling expeditions—and the joys of being outdoors with friends and family. This is a book for active locavores looking to hunt, fish, farm, or forage rather than for the more passive type simply wanting to buy local produce from farmers markets and other sources. A primer aimed at beginners, the volume provides an excellent overview of likely food sources, the basics about how to get them, and resources where readers can find further details. The writing is clear and succinct—occasionally, perhaps, too succinct. The authors leave a few questions unanswered—why should one never eat more than one pawpaw, for instance, or never “buy store apples on sale”? But the Ingrams’ research and decades of experience on their 38 acres in Virginia have yielded a rich harvest of locavore lore. Their love of the outdoors and pleasure in providing for themselves, family, and friends come through vividly, whether for armchair hunters, anglers, and gardeners or for those wanting to use their advice to catch or grow their own food.

A slender book about hunting and gathering that should be useful for those preparing to go out in the field and delightful for those just dreaming about it.

Pub Date: March 13, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-944962-03-6

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Secant Publishing

Review Posted Online: May 9, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2016

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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