In Praise of Chickens: A Compendium of Wisdom Fair and Fowl

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Fascinated by chickens?  You are in good company. Aristotle, Plato, Shakespeare, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Mark Twain are just a few of the great names who have written about the mysteries of roosters, hens, chicks, and eggs. In Praise of Chickens provides centuries of poultry lore gathered from scientists, artists, poets, philosophers, breeders, sellers, feather fanciers, and egg-coddlers through the ages. Ever wonder if chickens have their very own vocabulary, how to get ...

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Overview

Fascinated by chickens?  You are in good company. Aristotle, Plato, Shakespeare, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Mark Twain are just a few of the great names who have written about the mysteries of roosters, hens, chicks, and eggs. In Praise of Chickens provides centuries of poultry lore gathered from scientists, artists, poets, philosophers, breeders, sellers, feather fanciers, and egg-coddlers through the ages. Ever wonder if chickens have their very own vocabulary, how to get hens to lay in winter, or why churches have weathervanes shaped like roosters?  Can’t remember which royal court it was where the ladies hatched eggs in their bosoms? Whether you want the earliest recorded instructions on how to hypnotize a chicken, or nineteenth-century tips on sending a year’s supply of fresh eggs to your child in college, you’ll find the answer here, along with portraits of prize-winning breeds both fierce and fluffy.

In Praise of Chickens is full of information both practical and frivolous (and who can have enough of either sort?), wonderful pictures, ample poultry trivia for at least a year of dinner party or Chicken Meet-Up conversations, and a way of connecting with a time when living closer to the natural world was normal, honorable, and fun.

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Praise for Jane S. Smith's The Garden of Invention:

"A colorful, far-reaching book about the genetic, agricultural, economic and legal issues raised by Burbank's life and legend...Entertaining...[a] well-woven narrative...Impressive." — Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"A first-class portrait — witty, seamless and unflaggingly informed....[The Garden of Invention] brings Burbank to pulsing life even as it teaches plant science, patent law, eugenics, evolution and the fate of the prickly pear....I was, from its first sentence to last, a most grateful reader.” — The Chicago Tribune

"A long overdue volume in food literature — a great story, well told." — Mark Kurlansky, author of Cod and Salt

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762773503
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 12/6/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 4.60 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane S. Smith, PhD, is the award-winning author of several books, including Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine, which received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize; and, most recently, The Garden of Invention, winner of the Caroline Bancroft Prize in Western History. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Witty, beautiful and educational- who knew chickens were so important!

    Entertaining blend of history and gorgeous art obtained from collections world-wide, marked by a singular intelligence and wit. A perfect gift for Valentine's and all spring holidays, especially with increased interest in urban chicken rearing.

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