I return to The Taste of Country Cooking regularly, sometimes for the Busy Day Cake recipe (a nutmeg-laced snacking cake—easily one of my all-time favorites), but more often because I find great comfort in Lewis's voice. The book functions a bit like a fairy tale for adults, telling the story of a time and place long ago and far away. A place deeply connected to the earth and seasons, and full of simple pleasures like wild strawberries, first snows, and harvest time. It is a life and a relationship to food that is particularly attractive to me as a resident of 21st-century metropolis in an era of industrialized food production. Lewis makes an eloquent and convincing case for local and seasonal eating which seems as important now as ever. Free from today's political rhetoric, Lewis leads by example. In Freetown, local and seasonal eating was simply a way of life.