At the beginning of this book, Kristin Kimball is a thirtysomething, single writer living in New York. At the end of the book, she is married and living on a working farm in Lake Champlain.
The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love tells the story of how she got there. What started out as an assignment to write about a young farmer, dramatically changed her life.
I am fascinated by the concept of living on a farm. Milking the cows. Feeding the chickens. Gathering the eggs. The author makes it sound doable, but she does not sugarcoat it. You ride along with her through the ups and downs, the runaway horses, the ruined tomato crops, the planning of a wedding amidst the daily chores of the farm.
What sets this book above others like it is the writing. She was (and is) a writer. The descriptions are fabulous. The food descriptions alone are exquisite. She is able to write about her feelings in such a way that you feel like you are experiencing them yourself. Since I listened to the book, I can't quote anything, but rest assured it is wonderful writing.
It is such a feel good book. They had a dream and they made it work. It wasn't easy, as a matter of fact, it was extremely hard, but they did it.