A foodie turned poultry farmer offers a practical guide to raising chickens in this part memoir, part chicken and egg cookbook. A love of eating and using quality ingredients led Tim Halket to build a hen house in the corner of his garden for a daily harvest of fresh eggs. Five Fat Hens is his insightful, often humorous, take on just what it's like to raise chickens at home. More than a DIY guide to keeping a few free-range birds, this cookbook is part memoir and part lifestyle manual. Halket takes readers through an entire year, skillfully combining meditations on his passion for cooking with original recipes, all starting with the premise that even the smallest garden can include a supply of delicious, fresh eggs. Neither a trained chef nor an experienced farmer, Tim's tips and recipes draw on his learning experiences and love for culinary experimentation. With recipes ranging from the highly original Duelos y Quebrantos and Persian Chicken Supper to variations on everyday Italian or French classics, to simple comfort food, this timely book is an engaging account of one man's appealing lifestyle that will inspire food lovers everywhere-whether they intend to keep chickens or not. "Good recipes, engagingly told." -The Spectator
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