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So there I was, eating haute cuisine in a mobile home He cooked for me as seduction, a courtship, so that I d never again be impressed with a man who simply took me out to dinner And I fell in love with him over a deer s liver.Kristin Kimball lived, breathed and played in NYC until the fateful day she visited an organic farm with the intent of writing a magazine article Dressed like a city girl she got drafted to help out until the farm s owner could spare time to talk to her That was the be So there I was, eating haute cuisine in a mobile home He cooked for me as seduction, a courtship, so that I d never again be impressed with a man who simply took me out to dinner And I fell in love with him over a deer s liver.Kristin Kimball lived, breathed and played in NYC until the fateful day she visited an organic farm with the intent of writing a magazine article Dressed like a city girl she got drafted to help out until the farm s owner could spare time to talk to her That was the beginning of the end of city life for Kimball and the start of a new love for Mark, her future husband, and farming It may be my love for the farm life or maybe she is an exceptional wielder of words but this book read like a beautiful melody to me I laughed a lot, cried a little and pulled for Kristin and Mark as they began their journey together as owners of a CSA.This is the best memoir of this type, surpassing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle A Year of Food Life in my estimation Not only is Kimball an excellent writer in the classic sense, she knows how to evoke emotionthe reader feels like he she is along for the ride.Here is a humorous tidbit from page 189 Mark Kristin were having difficulty interesting their CSA members in scrapple Scrapple was a congealed pork concoction they were introduced to by Amish friends Kristin had promoted it in their weekly newsletter In my zeal and my Spring delirium, I thought lovely brown gelatinous bricks sounded appetizing, which tells you why Mark is in charge of advertising Ah, lovely brown gelatinous bricks doesn t whet my appetite either Its a good thing Mark took charge of advertising This was a book I eagerly anticipated picking up each day It joined a select few books I ve read throughout my life that I didn t want to end I don t expect others to fall in love with it as much as I did unless they love the type of life that Kimball describes as much as I do However, I d be surprised if her readers didn t relish her story Kimball does a good job in using this book to remove any romantic notion of leaving city life for that of the farm life Or maybe she enriches that notion for the person who truly wants to seek that farm life Either way, she gives what I assume is a realistic view of the commitment that a farm is the cow always has to be milked I appreciated her straight forwardness in that If Kimball is anything, she seems honest, both about the farm and her relationship.There are a lot of characters that a Kimball does a good job in using this book to remove any romantic notion of leaving city life for that of the farm life Or maybe she enriches that notion for the person who truly wants to seek that farm life Either way, she gives what I assume is a realistic view of the commitment that a farm is the cow always has to be milked I appreciated her straight forwardness in that If Kimball is anything, she seems honest, both about the farm and her relationship.There are a lot of characters that are constantly coming and going, which is indicative of the helpful nature of those involved with Kimball s farm, but it made the story hard to follow at times Kimball wrote well enough of the animals, though, that they were easy to keep up with And, when they were gone, I couldn t help but mourn the losses with her I do think there was about 75 pages in the middle somewhere that I can t recall for the most part, and which should be considerably slimmed down As I was reading what I knew would be the last few sentences of this book and then forced to, reluctantly, put it down I took solace in the idea and fact that as I was reading here today Kristin and husband Mark and their team on the farm were actually out working, doing many of the things I read about in her book So, maybe there will be a sequel, the next 7 or so years Somehow in a very deep way this effort from Kristin Kimball touched me, connected the dots in me and for me in ways I heret As I was reading what I knew would be the last few sentences of this book and then forced to, reluctantly, put it down I took solace in the idea and fact that as I was reading here today Kristin and husband Mark and their team on the farm were actually out working, doing many of the things I read about in her book So, maybe there will be a sequel, the next 7 or so years Somehow in a very deep way this effort from Kristin Kimball touched me, connected the dots in me and for me in ways I heretofore couldn t do for myself Maybe it was the struggle, the subterranean emotional ones or the literal variety, like, hard work, that were easy for me to relate to Or, maybe it was her fearless trek inward AND hard work outwardly AND her willingness to plunge into both, always mindful of her fears, her doubts I don t know, I just know something in me clicked Based solely on the worth and substance of her personal struggles, overcoming her fears and trepidations, her development and character growth, this book could stand on it s own and Kristin would be hailed as the new Dr Phil or Dr Jane or Dr Laura She has however chosen to use whatever gain, whatever experience teaches a person to continue to use it to build her dreams with her family, friends and community, on, of all places, a farm From a writerly standpoint this book exhibits a very high standard of skill, while literally keeping the reader grounded to the earth, in many ways Passages regarding horses, seasons passing, description of the sights and sounds and smells and tastes of life, all, translated beautifully enough to bring the most knowing editor to tears I read and re read numerous pages again to try to absorb the flow, the translation the type of which only the heart can understand, but the technical mind marvels at Yes, like I said earlier this week in an update and I m completely serious, this book could stand with any authors work on any level technically, and as a non fiction entry to the book hall of fame I believe it will take it s place in a category all it s own Building bridges is easier when you know how, it becomes remarkable when someone builds a bridge across the great divide within themselves, using, as Kristin put it, The great gift of an Ivy League education Harvard NOT knowing how and documenting the struggle using writing skills learned while creating a life that requires immeasurable sacrifice and effort, which she now lives, was a bridge building experience all it s own too THIS is why this book is SO worth anyone s time I myself know that a farm or ranch can test you, it can teach you, it can wreck you and it can save you and just like life, and it IS life, the cycle of seasons, plants growing, critters spending their lives doing what they do, well, it s where we ve all come from at one time or another in our family histories Kristin Kimball wrote this book about her life, The Dirty Life It s about her hopes, her dreams, her fears and weaknesses, a farm, a man,hopes and dreams and struggles and finally we get it We get what it all means And what it all means, part of it anyway is that with you or without you the land stays, and time rolls on At that moment you ll look down at this book in your hands and say, What just happened You ll realize how amazing it is to have just read a book where a woman built bridges within herself, between herself and the 21st Century, and our ancient agrarian past and did it with such style that it might just defy the imagination, if it weren t true Buy this book and for a little while you too can live The Dirty Life.Next time your in the bookstore or in an online bookstore, peruse a few pages, you ll see what I mean.Follow Kristin on Twitter , from there follow links out to her site Someday I just might hook up the camper to the pickup and head north to volunteer at this farm Seems like the thing to do Yep.Really, I can t say enough about this book and Kristin Her candor is so refreshing, since, as you might guess the farm life is not an easy one Her and Mark, started out like a lot of young couples with hope, on a wing and a prayer If you are an outdoorsy type or not, what you ll find here is pure inspiration This is a woman s journey, with no symbolisms or cliches, just a hard fought joy filled struggle One, at times, with despairing and fearful moments but she always remains clear about her vision and willingness to step up and deliver, whatever it takes to see her and her husbands dreams and lives become one I do not know this author but even after 200 or so pages in, I feel like I do You will not be stumbling over an amateur s writing here, Kristin is very much a pro, having a background in freelancing and the NY publishing scene Really, a good book I read the review for this book in The New Yorker magazine a few weeks ago and though I don t really read a whole lot of non fiction, having been a ranch owner and in the near future, Please God Please, to be one again soon, I love this real life story and the very idea of living it myself I plan to study how they created and maintain a self sustaining farm It s modern in that she was a NYC resident and her husband, a real cowboy farmer, studied what they needed to do and did it But it s a throwback to a simpler time too in many ways because they use old tried and true farming methods from many generations ago and actually use draft horses for most of the heavy work WOW That sounds real good to me Kristin left her life, partially, in the NYC publishing circle to become a working farmer, while still holding onto her dream to be a writer.So, now that I m into the prologue, the first thing that struck me was how well she writes Not that I expected anything less but still, her skill level is top notch You ll notice this right away too I ll keep you posted on my thoughts and my progress as I happily devour this book This non fiction book begins as a young journalist from the city interviews a hot, young, single farmer and falls in love with him They move to the country, decide to get married and start up their own CSA Question number one I m an agricultural journalist WHY HASN T THIS HAPPENED TO ME Perhaps it is because I interview farmers all the time, but generally they aren t young, single or hot Admittedly, some of the older farmers who like me often make a point of mentioning their single sons This non fiction book begins as a young journalist from the city interviews a hot, young, single farmer and falls in love with him They move to the country, decide to get married and start up their own CSA Question number one I m an agricultural journalist WHY HASN T THIS HAPPENED TO ME Perhaps it is because I interview farmers all the time, but generally they aren t young, single or hot Admittedly, some of the older farmers who like me often make a point of mentioning their single sons or grandsons On the other hand, I can be poor and sit in my own apartment writing and enjoy the pleasures of the city, or I could be poor out in the country, get up at absurd hours and be covered with manure Anyway, this book made me smile a few times and it was a pretty interesting story I really like how the author didn t glamourize farming and talks about how hard it is and how much of a financial crapshoot it is She also talks about the difference between book smarts and farm smarts, and how being educated might not actually help you out on the farm.I also liked how she was honest about her marriage She admitted that at times she balked about her engagement, that it was difficult to run a business with someone you love lots of farm couples get divorced in tough times , and that when you get married, you have to accept a certain lifestyle and say goodbye to some other options I thought this was extremely refreshing, and honest and something that people don t talk about that much.I also liked some of the farming details particularily the details about her dairy cows The Kimballs farm using draft horses and I have to admit that that didn t interest me as much as it should have These people also eat amazing food ( READ KINDLE ) ☦ The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love ⚆ This book is the story of the two love affairs that interrupted the trajectory of my life one with farming that dirty, concupiscent art and the other with a complicated and exasperating farmer Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn Kimball and her husband had a plan to grow everything needed to feed a community It was an ambitious idea, a bit romantic, and it worked Every Friday evening, all year round, a hundred people travel to Essex Farm to pick up their weekly share of the whole diet beef, pork, chicken, milk, eggs, maple syrup, grains, flours, dried beans, herbs, fruits, and forty different vegetables produced by the farm The work is done by draft horses instead of tractors, and the fertility comes from compost Kimball s vivid descriptions of landscape, food, cooking and marriage are irresistibleAs much as you transform the land by farming,she writes,farming transforms youIn her old life, Kimball would stay out until four am wear heels, and carry a handbag Now she wakes up at four, wears Carhartts, and carries a pocket knife At Essex Farm, she discovers the wrenching pleasures of physical work, learns that good food is at the center of a good life, falls deeply in love, and finally finds the engagement and commitment she craved in the form of a man, a small town, and a beautiful piece of land Question Why is farming like a relationship Answer Because you do not reap what you sow That s a lie You reap what you sow, hill, cultivate, fertilize, harvest, and store Kristin Kimball, The Dirty Life On Farming, Food, and Love I can count on my fingers the number of memoirs I ve read And the ones I did were either just plain not interesting or the writer came across as self absorbed and narcissistic to the point of being off putting So, I started this book with a great deal of reser Question Why is farming like a relationship Answer Because you do not reap what you sow That s a lie You reap what you sow, hill, cultivate, fertilize, harvest, and store Kristin Kimball, The Dirty Life On Farming, Food, and Love I can count on my fingers the number of memoirs I ve read And the ones I did were either just plain not interesting or the writer came across as self absorbed and narcissistic to the point of being off putting So, I started this book with a great deal of reservation considering its genre and the subject matter farming and imagine my surprise when I plowed through The Dirty Life in less than two days I couldn t stop reading it And when I finished, I wanted to knowabout the author s farm,so I went on reading her blog, watching You Tube interviews I was totally fascinated From About Kristin KimballI was born in 1971, and grew up in central New York I graduated from Harvard in 1994, then moved to New York City, where I worked at a literary agency, taught creative writing, and freelanced for magazines and travel guides In 2002, I interviewed a wingnut farmer named Mark, and tookthan a professional interest in both him and his vocation We founded Essex Farm together in 2004 the world s first full diet Community Supported Agriculture CSA , as far as we know and I ve been professionally dirty ever sinceThe book starts with this first interview and continues with a captivating chronicle of the couple s first year on Essex Farm in Upstate New York.Kristin Kimball does not romanticize her new found adventure rather with a sprinkling of humor she exposes a life of exhausting days, grueling work and dirty fingernails There are passages in the story that are not for a fainted heart, specially, for city people like me who associate meat with neatly packaged variety in the local supermarket She is such a talented writer I never thought I would find milking of cows or pulling weeds so captivating And her descriptions of the gourmet meals made from their fresh farm productsOh, they were so vivid and drool inducing..The book is muchthan depiction of farm life It s a quiet love story It s a story of courage, conviction, and dedication to ones goal It s a truly inspirational story My favorite quote A farm is a manipulative creature There is no such thing as finished Work comes in a stream and has no end There are only the things that must be done now and things that can be done later The threat the farm has got on you, the one that keeps you running from can until can t, is this do it now, or some living thing will wilt or suffer or die Its blackmail, really The first two chapters about a NYC city girl falling in love and moving to a farm are endearing and funny Kristin is a very good writer and she had really captured my attention at this point But the book slowed down for me once the author got to her new life Kristin was a travel writer prior to this farm gig and uses those skills to describe, in great detail, every experience, every piece of machinery and how it is used and every animal that is bought and slaughtered, etc All of this is int The first two chapters about a NYC city girl falling in love and moving to a farm are endearing and funny Kristin is a very good writer and she had really captured my attention at this point But the book slowed down for me once the author got to her new life Kristin was a travel writer prior to this farm gig and uses those skills to describe, in great detail, every experience, every piece of machinery and how it is used and every animal that is bought and slaughtered, etc All of this is interesting to a point, but I expecteddepth and reflection in relation to her new life, her upcoming marriage and the birth of her first child Without that the book became a string of events seen from a distance Her attempt at a reflective look back in the epilogue just didn t work or even make sense to me At the end of a memoir I should feel that I know the person and I m disappointed that I don t know Kristin, but I know all about her farm machinery and her animals I really wanted to like love this book The ideas of running away from the big city to the country, to spend my days with real hard work instead of work that drives me crazy, and to enjoy the organic chaos of a farm instead of the mania that is modern suburbia all sound like the dreamy foundation of a book I d love to lose myself in I really wanted this book to be that escape for me but the jumpiness of the writing was so prohibitive from achieving this escape and the focus of the book was I really wanted to like love this book The ideas of running away from the big city to the country, to spend my days with real hard work instead of work that drives me crazy, and to enjoy the organic chaos of a farm instead of the mania that is modern suburbia all sound like the dreamy foundation of a book I d love to lose myself in I really wanted this book to be that escape for me but the jumpiness of the writing was so prohibitive from achieving this escape and the focus of the book wason day to day life on her farm than the experience of leaving it all behind as a working world escapee It seemed like the author really wanted to document the activity of the farm instead of revealing an insider s view of what it feels like to escape If I were to rename this book, I would have called it A Series of Short Stories About a Farm instead of the romantic, lucrative title it was given So disappointed THE DIRTY LIFE was an engaging, often funny, true to life tale of two young people who meet, fall in love and marry Their quirky life with all its ups and downs was refreshingly interesting Kristin was raised in an upper middle class family with parents who mimicked Ward and June Cleaver She graduated from Harvard University and traveled the globe writing various articles Mark, on the other hand, grew up with folks from the hippy generation He was down to earth a farmer, gardener, chef and THE DIRTY LIFE was an engaging, often funny, true to life tale of two young people who meet, fall in love and marry Their quirky life with all its ups and downs was refreshingly interesting Kristin was raised in an upper middle class family with parents who mimicked Ward and June Cleaver She graduated from Harvard University and traveled the globe writing various articles Mark, on the other hand, grew up with folks from the hippy generation He was down to earth a farmer, gardener, chef and homesteader He valued what was earned from the land Kristin had an amazing way with words she made me feel like I was near her watching things pan out This is a non fiction story for those of you that like memoirs Or homesteading Or good food Thank you, Gita, for bringing this story to my attention and, Lyuda, for your wonderful review I did not think this would be a page turner, but it was for me This is a story about the authors transformation from city girl to farmer I loved her ability to describe her journey without making the reader feel like it should be theirs, or that it shouldn t An excellent read