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Eating In, a series examining food and food culture in New Hampshire, ran May 17-21, 2010.

Michael Perry and His Pursuit of One Good Egg

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This week we've talked about food policy, supply, safety, and to people who advocate that we all connect the food we eat to where it comes from. We've also talked about the self-righteousness that foodists tend to project. Talking the talk about food is big business; walking the walk is another story.

Michael Perry is a musician and author of several books. He grew up on a small dairy farm in Wisconsin worked by his devout, fundamentalist parents. He left to make his way as a nurse, a writer and musician.

Twenty-four years after he first left, Perry and his pregnant wife Annaliese, and daughter Amy returned to Chippewa County to tend Annaliese's family farm. Together, they joined today's food and fowl renaissance while tending 37 acres of fallen fences and overgrown fields.

He tells the story in a book now out in paperback, Coop: A Family, A Farm, and The Pursuit Of One Good Egg.

Perry will also read at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, NH on June 22 at 5:30 pm.

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