It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It: Misadventures of a Suburban Hunter-Gatherer (Paperback)

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In November I think about things I'm thankful for. Tops on my list is
Tom and that is NOT because he cooks for me. So I HAD to check out Bill
Heavey, who like me "trusts anyone else's nose" but his own in
determining if fridge food is hazardous. I was intrigued by his desire
to find food directly with no middleman. His adventures are
entertainingly detailed here. Good for reading aloud after a family
meal. Do you have a "Tomb of Unknown Utensils"? Try recipes here if you
dare! Sour Cherry Pie for Horizon Shine Cafe?? I'll check with the chef.

— margaret


"Mr. Heavey takes us back to the joys--and occasional pitfalls--of the humble edibles around us, and his conclusions ring true."--Wall Street Journal

Longtime Field & Stream contributor Bill Heavey has become the magazine's most popular voice by writing for sportsmen with more enthusiasm than skill. In his first full-length book, Heavey chronicles his attempts to "eat wild," seeing how much of his own food he can hunt, fish, grow, and forage.

But Heavey is not your typical hunter-gatherer. Living inside the D.C. Beltway, and a single dad to a twelve-year-old daughter with an aversion to "nature food," he's almost completely ignorant of gardening and foraging. Incensed at the squirrels destroying his tomatoes, he is driven to rodent murder--by arrow. Along the way, Heavey is guided by a number of unlikely teachers, from the eccentric Paula, who runs an under-the-table bait business, to Michelle, an attractive single mom unselfconsciously devoted to eating locally. To the delight of his readers and the embarrassment of his daughter, he suffers blood loss, humiliation, and learns, as he puts it, that "'edible' is not to be confused with 'tasty.'"

About the Author

Bill Heavey is an editor-at-large for Field & Stream, where he has written since 1993. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Men's Journal, Outside, the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Magazine, and Best American Magazine Writing.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802121318
ISBN-10: 0802121314
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: June 2014
Pages: 274
Language: English