Who knew gardening could be so exciting? Barbara Kingsolver and her family make the trek back east to live more simply and connected to the earth. Beginning with crisis-of-conscience moments at the gas station on their way out of their former desert hometown, Kingsolver takes you through the highs and lows of eating local and seasonal.
I found the excerpts from her 19 year-old daughter and husband a great way to balance the monthly tale of meal planning, pest extermination and over-all intensity of life on a farm. Camille's perspective was refreshing and hopeful. The more scientific interludes from husband Steven Hopp were just enough to make you feel like the thinking was validated without overwhelming you.
Careful planning and consideration went into this year of eating, but Kingsolver invites the reader to consider incorporating some of the easier ideas right away. Meal planning around what is in season is not only cheaper, but often more flavorful as food travels less and thus, is fresher.
More challenging items, like raising and then butchering your own poultry, are obviously not for everyone, but still make you think about where your food comes from and perhaps, broaden your mind a bit. What is most amazing is that the family does all of this in addition to their regular routine of live, work and play.
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