THE FOXFIRE BOOK: Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts. . . and Other Affairs of Plain Living by Eliot -- Ed. Wigginton

THE FOXFIRE BOOK: Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts. . . and Other Affairs of Plain Living

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Foxfire magazine, a quarterly publication dedicated to the investigation and preservation of the local Appalachian folkways, is the refreshing product of high schoolers from Georgia, led by teacher Eliot Wigginton. Through interviews and in situ observations the Foxfire staff study old-timers of the region to learn the day-to-day underpinnings of the self-sufficient life. Approached so very obviously with respect, the mountain people gave straight answers to straight questions about dying crafts (log cabin and chimney building, basketry, and furniture and soap making); food treatment and processing (butter churning, slaughtering and curing hog, preserving fruits and vegetables, game dressing); and lively matters such as moonshining, faith healing and weather forecasting. People rather than position oriented, set down with a youthful honesty, this is worth a whole shelf of glossy Appalachian studies by degree-stalking graduate students.

Pub Date: March 17th, 1972
Publisher: Doubleday