Animal, Vegetable, Miracle : A Year of Food Life
Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, theyd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable,... show more
Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, theyd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.
Publish date: April 29th 2008
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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Honestly this is more of a 3.5 star read, but since Goodreads does not allow for half-stars, I rounded this up to 4. I think too much of the book had Kingsolver talking down to readers and acting as if those of us not working the land are less than those who do. I rounded up though mostly because wh...
I liked the feel of the book, a strong DIY ethic is something I always appreciate. There were points when she got a bit braggy about her family (who doesn't or wouldn't?) where I had to roll my eyes a bit, but overall I enjoyed it.
One year without supermarkets. One year of planting, watering, weeding, harvesting. One year without sugary cereals, Chinese food, delivery pizza. No processed foods. Everything local, hand-picked. It sounds like quite a daunting challenge: to give up mass-produced edibles and adopt a new food cultu...
I picked this book from the Refer A Book Friday contest. Amy of The Sleepy Reader recommend it; you can see her review here. I have always been interested in growing things and farming because some of the earlier generations of my family were farmers. I learned much from this book about potatoes and...
Novelist Barbara Kingsolver has a background in science and she knows how to tell a story so when she writes about the year her family only ate foods--both plant and animal--that were grown and produced locally it’s fascinating, informative, inspiring, and surprisingly gripping, right down to the la...