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Quote of the Day: Kristin Kimball

November 2nd, 2014

“And this is the place where I’m supposed to tell you what I’ve learned. Here’s the best I can do: a bowl of beans, rest for tired bones. These things are reasonable roots for a life, not just its window dressing. They have comforted our species for all time, and for happiness’ sake, they should not slip beneath our notice. Cook things, eat them with other people. If you can tire your own bones while growing the beans, so much the better for you.”

Kristin Kimball from The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love

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Cook things, eat them with other people – that really is the essence of life!

2 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Kristin Kimball”
  1. Nebraska Dave on November 3, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Susy, yes, beans are in the pot now. Today, I’m probably going to eat the last of the big pot of 15 bean soup I made a couple weeks ago. Soup is my favorite dish and colder weather just enhances the experience.

    I just finished reading Kristin Kimble’s “The Dirty Life”. I like reading non fiction books about successful homestead experiences. It’s why I have Novella Carpenter’s and Joan Dye Gussow’s books. Some time during the Winter I usually pull out one or two of those books and read through them again. Slowly but surely I’m building a library of books that’s just for me.

    Have a great soup making day.

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  2. Victoria on November 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Susy, what beans/peas are those? Giant Lima or Fava?

    Beans – the staff of life.

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