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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

27 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Barbara Kingsolver

Michael Pollan is the crack investigator and graceful narrator of the ecology of local food and the toxic logic of industrial agriculture. Now he has a peer. Novelist Kingsolver recounts a year spent eating home-grown food and, if not that, local. Accomplished … see full wiki

Author: Barbara Kingsolver
Genre: Home & Garden, Entertainment
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Date Published: April 29, 2008
7 reviews about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food...
review by . January 26, 2011
posted in Green Living
While out of town, I had the chance to do some Actual Reading.  It was delightful–staying at my folks’ place, we were all four of us staying in one big room, so there wasn’t much we could do after the kids went to sleep besides read.  I guess we could do it at home too, but we for some reason just…don’t. Which is too bad… I finally read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  It’s a nonfiction chronicle of her family’s …
review by . June 23, 2010
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 t …
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
I am reading this right now, and am so inspired by the endeavors of her family! This book includes scholarly essays and stories about manufactured and local food, making you think about how your values are reflected in your diet.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
Sure, I'd do this all too, if I had the money Kingsolver has. The book is inspiring- but what about those of us who can't afford to drop everything, to always buy local, etc etc.
review by . February 06, 2010
It might just be a matter of thinking about red cars and so suddenly seeing red cars everywhere one looks, but it seems to me that once I started researching organic foods for an article I am writing, I began to see books on sustainable farming, organic food markets, news stories about an organic food movement, and farmer's markets everywhere I looked. Something is going on, and I'm pretty sure by this point in my research that it is a very good thing. Suddenly, I am seeing garden fresh red tomatoes …
review by . January 01, 2009
The less you know about the food you eat, the more urgent your need to read this book. Organized around Kingsolver's family decision to eat-local for a year, the tale she tells is much larger--encompassing as it does the entire relationship between food, energy, nutrition, corporate agriculture, marketing, global climate change and the sexual habits of turkeys. The novelist brings all of her writerly experience to the task and she is at her best in barbed asides about the forces that force feed …
review by . September 24, 2007
Kingsolver puts together in words what we know to be true in our minds, but we don't address it as a society: our absurd misuse of our resources. I suppose I'm not much of an economist, but it seems like stuff grown close to where you live should be fresher and cheaper that stuff grown far off; yet access to cheap fossil fuel enables us to scratch our "instant gratification itch."      Buying locally is great, however super stores have squeezed out local farmers at an unbelieveble …
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