Cookbook: Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s Recipe for Raising Chickens

Mindy wants a farm one day. I’m not the farming type but I have to do what she says so I can keep getting amazing micro-greens for my plating.  She used to have chickens when she grew up in Lacey so I have always been intrigued with the process.

I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from NW Trillium Press about this book.  I think it’s the perfect time to re-release it.  More people, myself included, have interests in controlling their own food supply.  The problem is that there is a lot of information but nobody to tell it with a no-nonsense approach.

Minnie Rose Lovgreen does just that in her Recipe For Raising Chickens book. I have read it twice now and I’m pretty sure that you could raise anything using her advice.   Roosters acting up? Give them a swat or as my mom would call it, a chancletaso (swat with a sandal for a disruptive Eric).  “The main thing is to keep them happy”.  There are all these little gems of information that go beyond raising chickens, it’s pretty amazing.

The book was originally handwritten by Nancy Rekow which in this day is unheard of.  I always wondered about those penmanship classes in school but I finally see what they were talking about, Nancy’s handwriting is really nice and ads to the character of the book.

It’s only 31 pages long but there is enough information in it for you to get started with your chicken farming.  If you want a copy of your own then just check out NW Trillium Press (click).

Eric

Here is a note from Nancy Rekow:

Hi Eric,
Just saw your posting about our book, MINNIE ROSE LOVGREEN’S RECIPE FOR RAISING CHICKENS. Thanks ever so much for understanding and praising the book. And you’re right. Minnie Rose saw so much beyond just raising chickens. I’m Nancy, Minnie Rose’s friend who tape-recorded the book back in 1975. When she talked into my tape-recorder about getting hens to lay well, she spoke the words, “The main thing is to keep them happy.” What wisdom for all situations! So right away I said, “Minnie Rose, that’s your subtitle for the book.” And so it was. As for my hand-lettering in the book, it’s not so much that I was carefully taught penmanship. It’s more that I was always fascinated with books and words and type, so learned to experiment with handwriting. (Also I’d taught first grade for several years, so had printed a lot of words!) No wonder I’m now a writer, editor, publisher.
Anyway, thanks a bunch!

Nancy Rekow

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3 comments

  1. Hi Eric,
    Just saw your posting about our book, MINNIE ROSE LOVGREEN’S RECIPE FOR RAISING CHICKENS. Thanks ever so much for understanding and praising the book. And you’re right. Minnie Rose saw so much beyond just raising chickens. I’m Nancy, Minnie Rose’s friend who tape-recorded the book back in 1975. When she talked into my tape-recorder about getting hens to lay well, she spoke the words, “The main thing is to keep them happy.” What wisdom for all situations! So right away I said, “Minnie Rose, that’s your subtitle for the book.” And so it was. As for my hand-lettering in the book, it’s not so much that I was carefully taught penmanship. It’s more that I was always fascinated with books and words and type, so learned to experiment with handwriting. (Also I’d taught first grade for several years, so had printed a lot of words!) No wonder I’m now a writer, editor, publisher.
    Anyway, thanks a bunch! Nancy Rekow

  2. Hi again, Eric,

    Forgot to say we’re that in June we’re publishing Minnie Rose’s life story, FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER: AN IMMIGRANT WOMAN’S STORY, 1888-1975, which I also tape-recorded back in 1975. It will be a paperback, 180 pages, and fascinating, told in her same down-home voice. Let us know if you’d like a review copy. Anyone who wants to order an autographed (by me) copy, can phone (206) 842-6908. Price is $14.95.
    Best wishes,
    Nancy Rekow

  3. Mom

    Another wow. I love to see books like that. I haven’t read the book, but the title reminds me of my younger days when Dad, every year for easter used to buy my a little painted chick (mi pollito). I named every pollito and fed him and took care of him like he was my baby. Well, when the little pollito grew up and was plumpy. Every year the pollito disappeared, but that night we always had chicken. As I looked for my pollito, my Dad would tell me every year the same story. He is grown now and he found a girlfriend and got married, so soon you will get a new pollito. (?) Chickens are fun.

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