As I live forward, looking back with more knowing and understanding, I?d like to edit things in this fifteen-year-old book. I?d rather you read and know where I am now, but that would be incomplete without knowing me back there. Can we go forward without going backward? I?ve ...
As I live forward, looking back with more knowing and understanding, I’d like to edit things in this fifteen-year-old book. I’d rather you read and know where I am now, but that would be incomplete without knowing me back there. Can we go forward without going backward? I’ve decided to leave Hearth & Home as is, as it was, where I was fifteen years ago … and will move on.
Since I wrote Hearth & Home fifteen years ago, I have been busy living the life I wrote about. With two of our children married and one still in college, Monte and I are essentially empty nesters. I am still engaged in what we eat and where our food comes from – still wanting the most nutrient-rich possibilities. While Monte is still engaged in geology, we garden, cook, and create together. My love for textile art has centered on needle felting and tapestry weaving.
Life has been wonderful. Our children are our best friends. Monte and I are more in love than ever.
We continue researching nutrition and theology, and how to blend all the new technology with old-fashioned heirloom homemaking.
I first met Monte and Karey Swan in 2000, having just moved to Colorado, in part to be near Monte so we could work together on the book Romancing Your Child’s Heart and subsequently on the manual we created to help parents internalize and apply the principles of the book.
Hearth and Home was already published, and deeply appreciated by those who knew about it. However, this multifaceted jewel of a book fell between the cracks of a publishing transition when Loyal Publishing was absorbed by Multnomah Press, and then Multnomah became part of the Random House empire.
As I’ve had the privilege of working through this text numerous times in an attempt to repair and render it as readable as possible, I have become increasingly impressed with the wonderful labor of love that was involved in creating it, and the outstanding cache of wisdom and insight into what life together can be that it contains.
We are so very pleased to be able to offer it again, in printed and electronic forms, and we trust that as you feast on the various treats you will find in the following pages, you will overlook the fact that in creating them we had no alternative but to start with a second generation reproduction. I am confident that you will agree with me that this book should NEVER go out of print again. Prepare to enjoy and learn, and then to share what you have found, like a treasure hidden in a field, with anyone and everyone who shares the values represented here.
David B. Biebel, Publisher
Healthy Life Press
Endorsement by Tina Farewell
This is a recipe book, yes, but so much more. It is a true reflection of the heart of a loving wife and mother, a genuine keeper of the home. All of this comes through in this, her first book.
Karey and Monte Swan have truly created a lifestyle of learning in the Colorado Rockies for their children, themselves, and the elk who eat their garden vegetables. They are quite hospitable folks too!
Mental, spiritual, and physical health reign paramount in her book. Not only is it full of wonderful and nutritious recipes, but explanations of how and why certain techniques and ingredients are used, lists for stocking the pantry, cooking tips, nutrition, and stories are included. Gardening and homemade soap are also discussed. Recipes for Life and The Art of Life chapters are probably the most important in the book. She even includes simple and interesting ideas for every month of the year. Words to songs that the Swans sing about family life are interwoven with the text.
I love the spirit in which Hearth and Home is written; it is joyful and inspiring, simple and kind. May you be blessed as you read it, use it, and 'snuggle in' with it.
Karey Swan was born in Salzburg, Austria and raised in Denver, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona. A life-long learner, Karey has studied harder after her formal schooling, teaching herself subjects ranging from beekeeping to theology. She designed her family's house around the family kitchen. She is first of all a wife (to Monte) and a mother to three children. Her simplified lifestyle has given her time to be a conference speaker, a writer, and a concert musician. This is the seventh edition of her first book, updated.