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by Janet Lembke

eBook Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories download ISBN: 162087055X
Author: Janet Lembke
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 256
ePub: 1797 kb
Fb2: 1194 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Crafts and Home
Subcategory: Pets and Animal Care

Janet Lembke covers it all, their biological history, origin from the dinosaurs, their niche in human agriculture, myths .

Janet Lembke covers it all, their biological history, origin from the dinosaurs, their niche in human agriculture, myths and true facts, chickens as muse to the arts, culinary history and even some really nice current recipes to augment the unpreparable historical cookbook entries. Breeding, bird fancying, scientific salvation, chicken mega farms, grass pastured flocks, every conceivable angle you can think of when you think of chickens (you DO think of chickens, don't you?) gets a chapter.

Lembke's first book was Bronze and Iron: Old Latin Poetry from Its Beginnings to 100 . Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories, Skyhorse Publishing, 2012 -. ISBN 162087055X. 1973), but beyond translations and essays about classics, there were more than a dozen books on nature, works for which the author acquired a base of admirers.

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Their Natural and Unnatural Histories. Framed by the author’s personal experience with backyard hens, Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories explores the history of the chicken from its descent from the dinosaurs to the space-age present. En route, Lembke surveys chickens in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the nineteenth century, and modern times, including the role of chickens in Jewish and Muslim practices. She also investigates the birds’ contributions to science and their jaunty appearances in literature.

The curious story of chickens from dinosaurs to today-includes recipes, fascinating facts, and 100 color photographs  . The curious story of chickens from dinosaurs to today-includes recipes, fascinating facts, and 100 color photographs. Chickens explores the history of these fascinating fowls from their descent from dinosaurs to the present. Narrated by: Katherine Dyer. Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins. En route, Lembke surveys chickens in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 19th century, and modern times, including the role of chickens in Jewish and Muslim practices. Janet Lembke's celebration of the chicken in its every aspect has chapters on classical, medieval, Renaissance and modern chickens, literary and scientific chickens, eggs and urban chicken-keeping. Hardback257pp Illustrated. It is also a very practical book, drawing on the author's own experience of building coops, keeping poultry - and eating it. She includes a survey of chicken cuisine and a selection of recipes.

Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories, Skyhorse Publishing, 2012 - ISBN .

Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories, Skyhorse Publishing, 2012 - ISBN 162087055X. Because the Cat Purrs: How We Relate to Other Species and Why it Matters, Skyhorse Publishing, 2008 - ISBN 1602392358. Among Janet Lembke's noted titles were Because the Cat Purrs: How We Relate to Other Species and Why It Matters (2008); Skinny Dipping: And Other Immersions in Water, Myth, and Being Human (2004); Dangerous Birds (1996); River Time (1997); Despicable Species: On Cowbirds, Kudzu, Hornworms, and Other Scourges (1999); and The Quality

A fascinating cultural history of chickens in our world.

Framed by the author?s personal experience with backyard hens, Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories explores the history of the chicken from its descent from the dinosaurs to the space-age present. En route, Lembke surveys chickens in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the nineteenth century, and modern times, including the role of chickens in Jewish and Muslim practices. She also investigates the birds? contributions to science and their jaunty appearances in literature. Eggs receive a chapter of their own, as does chicken cuisine, comprising recipes from the Roman Empire to today?s favorites. Stories about chickens appear, too, often written by those who keep them, including the painter Grandma Moses, the man who holds Cleveland?s Farm Animal Permit No. 17, and Brenda, who had to give her young roosters a talking-to for behaving like sheep.

Chickens have only recently come to a sorry pass in the Western world, where broilers and laying hens are factory-farmed. Lembke investigates the fate of such birds and explores the sustainable, humane alternatives to raising birds for meat and eggs.

A celebration of the chicken in its every aspect, Chickens is sure to delight the chicken fancier, the backyard chicken keeper, and everyone concerned about where our food comes from and how we can treat animals more compassionately.

100 color photographs
Comments: (6)
Ttexav
What a great book! I've always liked chickens and have raised them from time to time, but didn't realize the breadth and scope of their place in human history.

Janet Lembke covers it all, their biological history, origin from the dinosaurs, their niche in human agriculture, myths and true facts, chickens as muse to the arts, culinary history and even some really nice current recipes to augment the unpreparable historical cookbook entries. Breeding, bird fancying, scientific salvation, chicken mega farms, grass pastured flocks, every conceivable angle you can think of when you think of chickens (you DO think of chickens, don't you?) gets a chapter.

This is NOT a book on how to raise chickens...there are plenty of those and if your goal is to raise chickens you should definitely invest there. While the book covers some basics on the care and feeding of chickens both now and throughout history, this is more of a love story than a textbook.

This book will give you a great feel for the bird you are choosing to bring into your yard, and a greater appreciation for the quirky, wonderfulness that is the chicken.

Lembke's style is personal while factual, so the history reading is not dry, and it becomes the ultimate in personal at the end when she describes how she finally acquired and ultimately blessed her flock.

This is a wonderful read with appropriate illustrations and would make a good gift for the chicken lover in your life, or to give you the backing you need when trying to explain your fascination with this bird to your friends, neighbors and family.
Topmen
Given as a gift. well received.
Acrobat
Liked it. My daughter raises exotic chickens. I bought it for her.
I read it before sending it to her. Enjoyed it.
Judie St. Onge.
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Great!
Delari
This book is full of good information, almost obsessive detail on the history of chickens. If you're looking to get chickens, it's a fun book to read for background. The book feels somewhat short but also padded out by things like recipes and repetition, though what she has is certainly interesting.

That said, the reading of it is odd. The reader isn't exactly bad; she has more than the usual number of mispronounced words and names, and an annoying tendency to read old-style English as if it was pig latin - "olde" becomes "oldey," for example, which gets old fast - but generally she's an adequate reader. But either she doesn't pause at the end of sections, or the book doesn't have sections; it's impossible to tell from the reading. So as you listen to the book, it seems to jump and veer between major topics from one paragraph to another, without any indication that there's a new focus. I kept asking myself "wait, did it fast-forward or jump and I didn't notice?" Nope. I've noticed a real lack of audio editing in some of Audible's audiobooks, and I'm guessing that's the problem here, though without looking at the paper book, I can't say for sure.
Binar
Interesting info on the biology and culture (human) of chickens.

Table of Contents:
Chicken Dreams p. 1
The Ur-Chicken p. 8
The Classical Chicken p. 18
The Medieval Chicken p. 35
The Renaissance Chicken p. 39
The Medicinal Chicken p. 48
The Transitional Chicken p. 56
The Modern Chicken p. 65
The Resurrected Chicken p. 85
The Conquering Chicken p. 94
Eggs p. 103
The Scientific Chicken p. 115
The Storied Chicken p. 131
Chicken People p. 148
Chicken Cuisine p. 166
Hen Music p. 193
Appendix: The Blessing of the Hens p. 211