Sunday, March 6, 2011

Review: Drawn to the Land by Elizabeth J. Cockey & Barton M. Cockey

Drawn to the Land: The Romance of FarmingDrawn to the Land: The Romance of Farming takes readers on a spellbinding tour of upstate New York and its farming community. A follow-up to Upstate New York: Towns That We Love, this volume focuses on the men and women who feel the enduring pull of the land. From beekeeping to winemaking, the book tells the story of the dedication and passion that mark every sustainable New York homestead. The reader learns about raising chickens, building silos, and growing potatoes from conversations with the people who remain devoted to the natural world in an increasingly urban age. Alongside Barton s descriptions of animals, farm stands, and fresh ice cream are Elizabeth s oil paintings, which burst from the page with the love and admiration of an artist revisiting the place she was raised. Rural upstate New York is a one-of-a-kind locale, and Drawn to the Land celebrates its unique culture, conveying the richness of both its soil and its traditions.

Received from the publicist for review.

This one gets four stars.  The intelligent, easy to read text has a nice flow and is accompanied by charming oil paintings by Elizabeth Cockey which clearly illustrate the accompanying text.  They beautifully capture the land, farms, and animals in a novel way that adds extra appeal to the book.

The book clearly shows the love the authors feel for the area.  It is the New York farming experience which is, of course, rather different than the New England experience, but it was still fun to read for this New Englander.

This would make a great gift for anyone interested in dipping a toe into the mystique of farming in Upstate New York.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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