Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir

Posted February 7, 2011 by Kathy Davie in

The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional MemoirThe Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Omigod…this was laughter from page one! A mix of Martha Stewart and Dee Hardie on living the perfect life in the country. I must buy their soap if only because…well, because they are trying so hard at everything. And I can understand that desire to look like a photoshoot at all times.

Josh has written an autobiography on his and his partner’s dream farm based on a house built in 1802 in upper state New York. Josh goes overboard gardening and then putting up his harvest and they sort of fall into making goat milk soap. Brent has connections with Martha Stewart which is just enough to tempt them into taking the plunge…and then everything falls apart with the economy. Everything is on the line: their 10-year-old relationship, their farm, their friends in the village and their businesses they’re hoping to help.

Fascinating insight into behind-the-scenes at Martha Stewart and just plain great to read for its homey qualities, that is, if you’re into living on a farm, growing a garden with a love for fabulous food, and trying to be self-employed with two Type-As with wildly veering ideas of perfect…

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