Finding Self-Reliance in a Pot of Dried Beans

A local foods devotee discovers the dividend of self-sufficiency: newfound confidence.



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The comfort of a woodstove’s gentle heat allowed the author, Robin Mather, to continue to cook after a power outage during a three-day blizzard.
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Michigan is second only to North Dakota in dried bean production, av­eraging 14 percent of the country’s total production from 2006 to 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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In 2009, veteran food writer Robin Mather lost her job and her marriage within the span of a week. She retreat­ed to a small lakeside cottage in her native Michigan where she experienced a three-day blizzard that tested her resourcefulness.
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"The Feast Nearby" is a collection of essays and recipes from a year of eating locally by Robin Mather. She is now senior associate editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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