Finding Self-Reliance in a Pot of Dried Beans

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

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.
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.
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.
"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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