The Dirty Life - Kristin Kimball (2011)
After living the single life in New York, journalist Kristin Kimball goes to write an article about a farmer producing organic fruit, veg and livestock to his customers. Falling in love, she finds herself agreeing to move in and marry him.
With little farming experience, her boyfriend Mark gives her a quick introduction to the good life. Luckily friends are able to give them land to use for a year, and they set about growing their own crops, raising chickens, pigs, and cows. I really enjoyed her writing, and her experience as a real novice appealed to me, as she had not grown up eating simply, slaughtering animals or canning goods.
Part of the appeal too, was the community spirit shown by their neighbours and friends. People coming to help with the planting, the harvest, canning and setting up a rustic farm wedding. I don't know that I would have coped living with so many rats, or having cold showers, I truly admire her ability to stick with it. 5/5