Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Book review: Bucolic Plague

I just finished reading The Bucolic Plague -- How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir and I totally loved it. The entire book fits so closely with the purpose of this blog -- to write about food, family and relationships -- that I just can't wait to share it!


The basic premise of this true story is that Josh and Brent (Josh is the writer, Brent is his partner) go off on a fall weekend to pick apples, get lost, and find a beautiful mansion with a farm that's for sale -- which they promptly decide to buy.  They live in a one-bedroom apartment in NYC, and end up commuting on weekends to the farm in order to renovate the mansion, and get the farm producing again.  Their tales of trying to bottle all the tomatoes from their first harvest before catching the last train back to Manhattan, and trying to get five kids (not humans, baby goats!) to a live broadcast on the Martha Stewart show are absolutely hysterical. Woven in is a bit of history, some nostalgia for a simpler life, and the stress on their relationship when the economy goes sour.  The book is funny and heartwrenching, and a must-read, especially for anyone who spent summers picking sour cherries and winters making pie.

And for those of you who can't get enough of Josh and Brent, you can follow them on their blog ( or you may get lucky enough to see their reality show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys (check local listings.)

I'd love to hear what you think!


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