Hay Fever: How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm Changed My Life [NOOK Book]

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The compelling, funny story of a high-powered professional’s life-changing journey from Manhattan big cheese to Vermont goat cheesemaker

In the tradition of food memoirs like Under the Tuscan Sun and A Year in Provence, Hay Fever tells the story of New York City literary agent Angela Miller and how looking for tranquility on a Vermont farm turned into an eye-opening, life-changing experience. Seeking solace in the midst of midlife strife ...
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Hay Fever: How Chasing a Dream on a Vermont Farm Changed My Life

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Overview

The compelling, funny story of a high-powered professional’s life-changing journey from Manhattan big cheese to Vermont goat cheesemaker

In the tradition of food memoirs like Under the Tuscan Sun and A Year in Provence, Hay Fever tells the story of New York City literary agent Angela Miller and how looking for tranquility on a Vermont farm turned into an eye-opening, life-changing experience. Seeking solace in the midst of midlife strife brought on by family stress and a high-stakes career, Miller and her husband bought a farm in rural Vermont.

But what started as a part time “project” turned into a full-blown obsession and culinary passion that not only changed their lives forever, but also resulted in some of America’s best cheeses, prestigious awards, and media fame. Today, cheeses from Consider Bardwell Farm are featured at some of the country’s best restaurants, including Jean Georges, Daniel, and The French Laundry.

•    For cheese lovers and would-be farmers, it’s an inside look at the everyday operation of a successful and growing dairy farm
•    Author Angela Miller, literary agent in New York City, has won prestigious awards for her cheeses and has been featured in such publications as the Boston Globe, the New York Times, Travel & Leisure, and Martha Stewart Living
•    More than a memoir—the book includes recipes from the author and top food personalities like Mark Bittman and Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Hay Fever is an inspiring and entertaining memoir that will whet the appetite of food lovers and would-be farmers from coast to coast.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
For those with dreams of starting over again in a bucolic countryside setting, Miller's account of her double life as a successful literary agent and owner of a Vermont goat farm is a bracing dose of reality featuring hard work, frustration and financial straits. In painful (sometimes monotonous) detail, Miller welcomes readers into the barn with tales of her education in farming and cheese-making, introducing them to the kid-birthing process, the problem of bloated goats, and some of her favorite animals. The intricacies of milking and cheese-making, dealing with temperamental equipment, and day-to-day drama among employees should prove informative (and cautionary) to gourmands and dissatisfied office drones considering a move to the farm, but she spends far more time on minutiae than general readers will have patience for. Her warts-and-all account even includes details of her financial struggles, but, strangely, gives comparatively little attention to her two-year stint as the manager of a small-town cafe, a missed opportunity to expand on her tale of entrepreneurship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544186774
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/9/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 903,597
  • File size: 764 KB

Meet the Author

ANGELA MILLER is a literary agent based in New York City and the owner of Consider Bardwell Farm in Vermont. Her cheeses are featured on the menus of some of the finest restaurants in the country, including The French Laundry, Per Se, Daniel, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and Jean Georges. Consider Bardwell Farm has won several prestigious awards from the American Cheese Society. Read her blog at considerbardwellfarm.com and follow her on Facebook/ConsiderBardwellFarm and on Twitter/considercheese.
RALPH GARDNER JR. is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, New York magazine, and the New York Observer.
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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: From Where I Stand.

ONE: Green Mountain High.

TWO: As Far as the Eye Can See.

THREE: Farm Team.

FOUR: The New Kids.

FIVE: Milk Maids.

SIX: What West Pawlet Needs is a Café.

SEVEN: Chasing the Cheese Maker.

EIGHT: The Little Farm that Could.

NINE: Husbandry.

TEN: The Way of the Cheese Master.

ELEVEN: Mating Game.

TWELVE: Is Anyone Tasting the Cheese?

THIRTEEN: Trimming Trees and Costs.

FOURTEEN: Guests at the Farm.

FIFTEEN: Sell, Cut, or Perish.

SIXTEEN: Accolades and Accusations.

SEVENTEEN: Endings and Beginnings

RECIPES.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS.

INDEX.

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

    Summer reading, not much more

    There are so many of those books on the market right now, nobody knows what to expect. The book is easy to read, with a lot of cute details about the goats. Makes the reading very easy and flowing. As expected, it flows through the years and the season.

    Even though she is trying to show how difficult it is to be successful, it gives more the impression that this was a side project for her. Never feels like the project was a life decision (financially or emotionally).

    Nonetheless, Miller should stay at her first two jobs, agenting and farming. She should not go into authoring. The book feels like a pet project that she should have avoided. Sad to say because the cheese is great but you are left a little dry at the end of the book.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

    Don't bother

    This is a poorly written book by a rich New Yorker playing at farming. Don't waste your time or money.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

    Hay Fever, by Angela Miller, with Ralph Gardner

    You don't have to love Vermont, or even goats--though you should care about cheese--to enjoy this book. The authors pull you into the complex inner workings of a small goat farm, and into Angela Miller's one-of-a-kind life as Vermont goat farmer and New York City book editor and agent. She comes through not as a visionary or miracle worker, but as a capable and vulnerable woman who is trying to bring to fruition one of today's favorite urban fantasies.

    She confronts the thorny issues of goat birth and goat death and goat sorrow. She writes about getting a frantic call--in the middle of lunch with an important client in a posh NYC restaurant--from one of her farm workers. Sobbing, the girl says she forgot to close the hen house door, and something got in during the night. Now all the hens are dead, and what should she do?

    As den mother to a flock of local teenage goat milkers and cheese makers, Miller writes candidly about personnel troubles, while communicating warmth and affection towards the people who work at the farm. Best of all, she turns her goat husbandry and award-winning cheese-making into a way of fostering community in the microscopic village where it all happens.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    BEST BOOK IN A LONG TIME FOR ME!

    I am absolutely IN LOVE with this book!! I have only been reading it for a few weeks but I know that I'll be sad to turn the last page.
    It is informative while entertaining and it's fun to know that everything I am reading about is actually taking place, right now, on a farm in Vermont.
    The complex characters (well... real people) add to the story, and let's not forget the goats! If you don't want to own your own goat cheese farm by the end of this book, then at least you should want a pet goat.
    As a young cook (under 20) and an aspiring farmer, this book is teaching me the in's and out's of the trade and all the behind the scenes chaos that we city dwellers are oblivious to.
    I am clinging to every page!

    ~ PLEASE ANGELA, WRITE ANOTHER BOOK BEFORE I FINISH!!

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