The Year of the Goat

The Year of the Goat

40,000 Miles and the Quest for the Perfect Cheese

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A couple and their dog travel throughout the United States researching farm life, animal husbandry, and cheese production.

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A fascinating one-year sojourn across America in search of greener pastures—and the finest goat cheese



Many people dream of leaving the workaday world for a life of simplicity and freedom, and Margaret Hathaway and her then-boyfriend Karl did just that. InThe Year of the Goat, the reader can jump in the “goat mobile” with them as they ditch their big-city lifestyle to trek across forty-three states in search of greener pastures and the perfect goat cheese. Along the way, the reader is introduced to a vivid cast of characters—including farmers, breeders, cheese makers, and world-class chefs—and discovers everything there is to know about goats and getting back to the land. But readers beware: When it comes to goat cheese, it can be love at first bite.


“Hathaway’s descriptions of the various characters they meet—both human and goat—are funny and vivid. . . . This is a book for anyone who’s ever imagined going back in time to a simpler life—or anyone who loves cheese.”—Entertainment Weekly


“Back-to-the-land fantasies aren’t new, but Hathaway gives theirs a modern twist.”

Publishers Weekly

From Maine to Arizona, and back again, Margaret and Karl and their dog, Godfrey, travel across America in search of green pastures, simple tradition, and the perfect goat cheese.

Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2007
ISBN: 9781599210216
Branch Call Number: 917.304 H284y
Characteristics: xvii, 204 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Schatz, Karl


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Jan 29, 2013

This is a wonderful book and not just about goats. It is very much about the journey to changing how you live and think about farming. It was scary how it very much echoed my own journey. If you are just looking for info on cheese and goats you might want to read another book because all the info is in a travelogue format. It was very entertaining (a goat themed wedding?) but also informative and spurred me on to make my own decisions!


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