A few months ago Chef Ralph emailed me about a book I might like, Just a Couple of Chickens by Corinne Tippett. As with most recommendations from Ralph, this was a good one.
The autobiographical book is partly a how-to manual, and sometimes a how-not-to manual, on raising poultry for eggs, feathers and profit. I learned to buy heritage breed turkeys, not to mix different kinds of birds and was reminded that it’s prudent to have a healthy fear of roosters. I also felt vindicated about my dislike of geese. They are evil, horrible creatures that are not to be trusted under any circumstances.
The book also tells the story of a family caught inside the real estate bubble when it popped. The author’s husband was a building contractor during the real estate boom. I had a sick feeling in my stomach as I read about the disappearing jobs, high gas prices and the husband’s reluctance to throw in the towel on his business.
Through it all there’s humor and a nose to the grindstone attitude that makes this book a pleasure to read. In life you can either laugh or cry. Why not laugh?