It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It by Bill Heavey
Misadventures of a Suburban Hunter-Gatherer

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...life is all around if you just scratch the surface, poke around and keep your sense of humor. Mr. Heavey does a good job of that, and like Ol' Man River, his book just keeps rolling along.
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“Mr. Heavey takes us back to the joys—and occasional pitfalls—of the humble edibles around us, and his conclusions ring true.”—Wall Street Journal

Longtime Field & Stream contributor Bill Heavey has become the magazine’s most popular voice by writing for sportsmen with more enthusiasm than skill. In his first full-length book, Heavey chronicles his attempts to “eat wild,” seeing how much of his own food he can hunt, fish, grow, and forage.

But Heavey is not your typical hunter-gatherer. Living inside the D.C. Beltway, and a single dad to a twelve-year-old daughter with an aversion to “nature food,” he’s almost completely ignorant of gardening and foraging. Incensed at the squirrels destroying his tomatoes, he is driven to rodent murder—by arrow. Along the way, Heavey is guided by a number of unlikely teachers, from the eccentric Paula, who runs an under-the-table bait business, to Michelle, an attractive single mom unselfconsciously devoted to eating locally. To the delight of his readers and the embarrassment of his daughter, he suffers blood loss, humiliation, and learns, as he puts it, that “‘edible’ is not to be confused with ‘tasty.’”
 

About Bill Heavey

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Bill Heavey is an editor-at-large for Field & Stream, where he has written since 1993. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Men's Journal, Outside, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Best American Magazine Writing.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Atlantic Monthly Press. 288 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Sports & Outdoors, Cooking, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Angus Phillips on Jun 21 2013

...life is all around if you just scratch the surface, poke around and keep your sense of humor. Mr. Heavey does a good job of that, and like Ol' Man River, his book just keeps rolling along.

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Below average
on Mar 31 2013

Really an overblown magazine article...without the depth of like-minded projects by Bill Bryson, Jim Harrison and others.

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