chicken and egg: a memoir of suburban homesteading with 125 recipes

All over the United States, chicken coops are popping up; more and more people are joining the backyard chicken revolution, and hatcheries specializing in backyard chickens are selling out. Janice Cole joined the groundswell of backyard chicken wranglers when she boldly brought home three tiny chicks. She never expected the adventures and companionship they would bring into her world, becoming an integral part of her family.

This is the story of how Janice learned to raise chickens in her backyard in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. From buying the coop to the miracle of the first, perfect egg, Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes (published by Chronicle Books) takes you through the first year of raising chickens with charming stories and delightful anecdotes – complete with helpful hints, inspirations, cautions, and “wish I’d knowns” for aspiring homesteaders. Each of Janice’s frisky, majestic birds has her own personality. Roxanne, big and bossy, rules the roost along with cuddly Cleo and rebellious Lulu.

Read about their daily charms or challenges, and respect their contributions to our daily diets with 125 recipes starring chicken and eggs. There is no better way to revel in the purity of an egg than with a simple breakfast of a Fluffy Omelet with Early Spring Herbs. Fast and Crispy Roast Chicken makes a worthy contender in our endless quest for the perfect roasted chicken recipe, and Grilled Japanese Chicken Skewers (Yakitori) and Balsamic Chicken Liver Pâté honor the use of the whole bird. To finish, Chocolate Mousse Bars, Tender Shortcakes with Raspberry Cream, Key Lime Pie with Billowy Meringue, and other desserts treat the egg sweetly.

Chicken and Egg is the perfect book for those who are crazy about eggs, chickens, or both, and for those eager to try their hand at backyard farming.

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