The Maple Sugar Book: Together with Remarks on Pioneering as a Way of Living in the Twentieth Century (Google eBook)

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Mar 1, 2000 - Nature - 305 pages
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A half-century ago, the world was trying to heal the wounds of global war. People were rushing to make up for lost time, grasping for material wealth. This was the era of "total electric living," a phrase beamed into living rooms by General Electric spokesman Ronald Reagan. Environmental awareness was barely a gleam in the eye of even Rachel Carson.

And yet, Helen and Scott Nearing were on a totally different path, having left the city for the country, eschewing materialistic society in a quest for the self-sufficiency they deemed "the Good Life." Chelsea Green is pleased to honor their example by publishing a new edition of The Maple Sugar Book, complete with a new section of never-before-published photos of the Nearings working on the sugaring operation, and an essay by Greg Joly relating the story behind the book and placing the Nearings' work in the context of their neighborhood and today's maple industry.

Maple sugaring was an important source of cash for the Nearings, as it continues to be for many New England farmers today. This book is filled with a history of sugaring from Native American to modern times, with practical tips on how to sap trees, process sap, and market syrup. In an age of microchips and software that are obsolete before you can install them, maple sugaring is a process that's stood the test of time. Fifty years after its original publication in 1950, The Maple Sugar Book is as relevant as ever to the homestead or small-scale commercial practitioner.

  

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User Review  - Marvin Bjornstad - Goodreads

Not the classic of philosophy and lifestyle that set aside their first books Read full review

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User Review  - Richard Horsman - Goodreads

While I'm not about to light out for Vermont (or Michigan's own mapled areas)and start sugaring, I found this an absorbing read and a fascinating account of the history and process of getting maple syrup and sugar. Read full review

Contents

Chapter
3
Chapter
22
Sinzibuckwud Immemorial custom Woksis Sugar moonMokuks
30
THE EARLY SETTLERS MAKE SYRUP AND SUGAR
40
Chapter Four
69
Chapter Five
91
MAPLE SAP AND SAP WEATHER
120
Chapter Seven
147
Chapter
209
Chapter Eleven
219
Chapter Twelve
235
Maple Recipes
247
Epilogue by Greg Joly
253
Appendices
260
Bibliography
283
Notes
289

Tapping the treesTapping high tapping lowMore maple maxims
179
Anyone of proper perspicacity can make it Sugarmaking tools
192

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About the author (2000)

Helen Nearing left city life with her husband, Scott, nearly sixty years ago to move first to Vermont and then to their farm in Harborside, Maine. The Nearings' food and living philosophies have provided the guidelines for many who seek a simpler way of life. Helen is the author of Wise Words for the Good Life: A Homesteader's Personal Collection, Loving and Leaving the Good Life, Simple Food for the Good Life, and co-author (with Scott Nearing) of The Maple Sugar Book.

Scott Nearing was one of the great social critics and humanitarians of the 20th century. Known throughout the world as the progenitors of the "back to the land" movement, the Nearings combined pragmatism and vision to create a blend now being celebrated by new generations of readers.

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