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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. Framed by Janet Lembke’s personal experience with backyard hens, she looks at chickens in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the nineteenth century, and into modern times. Lembke includes the role chickens play in Jewish and Muslim practices, along with their contributions to science and appearances in literature. With chapters on eggs and chicken cuisine, Lembke shares recipes from the Roman Empire to today. Along with ancedotes from people who keep chickens, including painter Grandma Moses, Lembke explores the sustainable, humane alternatives to raising birds for meat and eggs.
Chickens is a complete guide for the chicken fancier, the backyard chicken keeper, and anyone who is concerned about where our food comes from and how we can treat animals more compassionately.