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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver lived a year of food life and writes about it in the most entertaining way in ?Animal, Vegetable, Miracle- A Year of Food Life’. Kingsolver and her husband moved their two daughters from Tucson, AZ to their southern Appalachia farm once used for summer getaways and changed their lives.

The whole Kingsolver clan set out to farm their land and live off of it. They produced vegetables, fruits, raised poultry, and even made their own cheese. They bought locally when necessary and got to know the farms in their rural community. Their nine-year-old daughter even set up a small egg selling business.

?Animal, Vegetable, Miracle- A Year of Food Life’ is attention grabbing in its narrative. Kingsolver is anything but preachy or pious in her quest to live more environmentally sound. She simply weaves a fascinating and insightful tale of a family’s month-by-month experience producing their own food, which by the way, only costs fifty cents a meal to feed a family of four. The book is further enhanced by the interesting perspective from the first person essays her college age daughter Camille contributes and the commentary on agriculture today by Stephen L. Hopp, a professor of environmental science at Emory and Henry College.

It is a beautifully written personal memoir while being informative and fun. ?Animal, Vegetable, Miracle’ is for anyone who wonders where our food comes from, loves to garden and celebrate life outdoors, or for those of us who really relish the food on our plate. It makes you yearn to get out and start a garden patch of your very own.

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  • N4ncy By N4ncy
    07.23.07  

    I can't wait to read it. With the recent news stories about recalls of Chinese imports it makes sense to eat food that doesn't have to travel far. By buying local produce you are not only supporting your local community but you can get to know the farmers that produce the food. We need to be vigilant about choosing our food. It makes sense to know where and how it is grown.

  • GG1976 By GG1976
    07.24.07  

    This sounds like a wonderful book. For those of us that have maintained a garden while Super Groceries have popped up around us this is not a novel approach to day to day life. It takes work to nurture and harvest a garden that can be useful year round. The work is satisfying for the body and soul. I encourage you to find a gardening group or a cooperative garden in your area. Gardeners are the most generous people you will meet.

  • ProgrammingBecca1978 By ProgrammingBecca1978
    07.25.07  

    Wow! And here I thought I am doing what I can do by bringing my tote bags to the grocery store and using cloth napkins. I can't wait to read the book- hopefully it will offer several ideas that are realistic to implement (uh, without having to move to Appalachia...I kind of like living in a city!) Does it include gardening tips? Three months later and my container garden is struggling... A foot tall bell pepper plant produces bell peppers the size of cherry tomatoes. I guess it's hard with just a balcony to try and grow your own stuff....

  • weldooo By weldooo
    07.27.07  

    It seems like we've come full circle. After industrialization and globalization- specializing in a product and attempting to sell it all over the world. Suddenly we are aware of the cost to the environment of these items travelling all over the world, and now there is a trend to buy locally. Progress is so interesting, especially when the next 'step' seems like we're reverting back to an old-fashioned way of doing things.

  • allysonrobinson By allysonrobinson
    07.30.07  

    I heard an interview with Barbara on Krista Tippett's Speaking of Faith podcast...fascinating! Can't wait to read her story...

  • vespica By vespica
    08.08.07  

    I heard Kingsolver interviewed on NPR about this book. It sounds like a fascinating blend of cookbook and memoir, and even how-to and inspirational. Since I love her novels with an everlasting passion, I'm sure this will be a fascinating read.

  • vonster By vonster
    08.20.07  

    This sounds like a book I'd like like to read. I have always been interested in being self sufficient but never had the money to do so. Maybe now is the time to get inspired and see what I can do with what I have now.

  • armyfamilyof6 By armyfamilyof6
    08.29.07  

    I cant wait to read it, i grew up on a farm growing our own food and raising our own animals for food.The food was always better than grocery store food.

  • dynocat By dynocat
    08.30.07  

    Nice review. The book sounds really interesting! I will be keeping an eye out for Animal, Vegetable, Mineral.

  • powercat24 By powercat24
    02.03.08  

    I can't wait to read this book! We live in KS where land is cheap and hopefully in 5 years or less we will have our own plot of land to garden and raise our own food. I was also raised on a farm, drank fresh cows milk we also had pigs, chickens, and other animals. We also had a fruitful garden every year and yes, it takes a lot of hard work but the rewards are awesome for yourself and your family!

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