Things I Love Thursday

I read a book! Actually I read a lot of books, but this one was the non-fiction variety which are usually very informative (the nerd side of my brain likes that part) but very dry (the fun side of my brain takes a nap).  Such was my expectation for Made From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life. Plus, it’s categorized as a memoir which is a French word that means: “diary; typically one that probably didn’t need to be published.”

And…I was wrong.

I had a weird response to Made From Scratch right away.  I was calm. Jenna Woginrich peacefully invites you into her world, which is one of Corporate America by day and homesteader by night.  Can a writing style be called hospitable? Yes? Good.  Then this is a perfect example.  You feel like you could be friends with this kind, honest girl right away.  She makes you feel welcome

Essentially, it’s about self-sufficiency.  Raising your own chickens. Beekeeping. Baking your own bread. Grinding your own coffee beans (with a hand-grinder, mind you). Not because there is a financial crisis, or because it’s the cool thing to do.  Because it gives you a satisfaction and peace that cannot be had from any other source.  I was so invested in this book, I think I may have been drooling just a little while reading the first few chapters.

Then the chapter on sewing started.  I had the same reaction as I did when I was reading Eat, Pray, Love and I got to the Pray part which was; crap. Why are we leaving Italy? I like it here, with the good food. Unlike Eat, Pray, Love though Made From Scratch sucked me right back in.  I still don’t really want to learn to sew, but I do see it as a measure of self-sufficiency.

Sewing was a gateway skill, which lead to things like working your house dogs (with carts!),and raising Angora rabbits.  She encouraged seeking people with the knowledge you want; and gave you just enough talking points to get you started.

Then came the homemade mountain music. That was the chapter that drove it home for me. I’ll admit it:  I spent a few hours looking for a dulcimer online.  I’ve been to a ton of folk music festivals, loved the bluegrass music on the campus busses at the University of Georgia, and have I mentioned that I am related to Maybelle Carter? Pickin’ is in my blood; or tipping back a jelly jar of moonshine while I listen to it is, anyway.

Jenna Woginrich is hilarious, but there are also parts of the book that made me cry.  The simple life is not easy, but it’s real. I loved reading this book, and I love what I learned from it. I did receive a copy of this book to review, and I seriously hope I wasn’t supposed to send it back, ’cause I’m not gonna.

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12 responses to “Things I Love Thursday

  1. I’m not a reader, but seriously your descriptions had me really interested … sounds good!

    • It’s pretty easy to put down and pick up again, the chapters are kind of their own little stories so you wouldn’t have to ‘commit’ to the entire book at once 🙂

  2. Sounds very interesting! 🙂

  3. Please don’t send it back. I wanna borrow it!!

  4. I love good writing! I really enjoy yours- I think you are hospitable, too. Even the premise of your blog says that much about you.

    I saw lentils in the store the other day and was kinda overwhelmed- what do you actually DO with them? Cook them and then sprinkle them in?

    How was the honey-molasses chicken???

    • Well, thank you!! We are actually having the honey-molasses chicken tonight so I will let you know. And the lentils – you have impeccable timing. I am doing a post tonight on dried beans and lentils, so it will be up by first thing tomorrow and I’ll have some ideas that (hopefully) make them more – approachable?!

  5. Hey I found your site linked to The Local Cook. I thought I would stop by and say Hi. Love your post. Have a great day.

  6. Kathy

    Great review. Might have to get that one. Thanks for sharing with us.

  7. Wow, you convinced me I may actually want to read this book. I am trying to make more stuff from scratch. At least once a week, I dearly wish I had learned to sew.

  8. Now I want to read this, too. And what? You are related to Maybelle? Seriously impressed.

    • Maybelle is my second cousin twice removed, so she’s my grandma’s cousin. Pretty close, actually! I am dying to do a pilgrimage to the homeland – Scotts County, VA.

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