Celebrate small pleasures with former Chicago Tribune writer and The Feast Nearby author, Robin Mather. In her book of essays and recipes, Mather recounts her year-long journey in local eating after losing both her job and her marriage in 2009.
Moving to a cottage in her native Michigan, Mather vowed to eat three home-cooked, seasonal, and local meals a day — all on $40 a week.
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Robin Mather, author of The Feast Nearby, lost both her marriage and her job during the same week in 2009. A food writer for more than 30 years, Mather retreated to a cottage in her native Michigan for solace.
“Everything had to change really fast,” she says. “I had no way to pay for what I was used to paying for.”
A proponent of eating locally, and sparked by this life change, Mather embarked on a year-long project to sustain herself on $40 a week. Not only did she end up sustaining herself, but she also put money back into the community by choosing to support local farmers instead of going to a chain grocery store.
Mather says it was important for her to convey in The Feast Nearby that eating locally isn’t just for the foodie-elite.
“If you can make five meals a week of locally produced food, you have already improved the situation in your community immeasurably,” she says.
Try some of Mather’s tips for working more local produce into your life. Your local farmers will thank you.
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