I preordered happy hens & fresh eggs because the author, chef Signe Langford, is a friend of my daughter. Signe has been a good chicken mommy to many of the rescued battery hens that my daughter brought to her farm for rehabilitation and rehoming.
What I didn't expect was my absolute delight in the book itself. It has everything I love in a good read!
Where else will you find beautiful photos of gardens, vintage kitchenware, backyard chickens, coop plans, and practical information on caring for your own flock? Okay, maybe you could find all that in one book but how about 100 egg recipes by the author and contributing chefs!
The photography is beautiful. ~
If you daydream about keeping your own chickens, Signe walks you through the highs and lows of having adorable feather balls hopping up on your knee as you sip a cup of tea in your garden and gives peeks into her stylish coop dubbed Cluckingham Palace. She also lets you know what happened to her meticulous landscaping when those feather balls started scratching and chomping their way through the garden like miniature, ravenous dinosaurs. You all know what my gals did to my yard so that won't surprise you much. There's lots of practical chicken keeping advice from Signe and two bloggers I regularly follow, Karen at The Art Of Doing Stuff and Lisa from Fresh Eggs Daily.
The author is as passionate as I am about stopping cruel factory farm practices and I was thrilled to see a picture of my granddaughter, holding a rescued hen, included in the book. ~
I couldn't put happy hens and fresh eggs down until I'd read it cover to cover and by then I was famished!
I flipped through the book and settled on whipping up Hangry Eggs. They turned out beautifully and tamed the 'hangry' beast in me! ~
Tomorrow, I'll try something a little more refined. I think iles flottantes will do nicely. ~
The gals in the coop have their work cut out for them. I intend to cook my way through the entire book! ~
Luckily I have lots of 'happy hens & fresh eggs'!
To order (and I highly recommend you do!) click here to take you through to Amazon.ca.