Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp

HarperCollins | October 13, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 7.

Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

"As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain.

"Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . ."

Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that's better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.

"This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air."

Includes an excerpt from Flight Behavior.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 13, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061795836

ISBN - 13: 9780061795831

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it. Barbara Kingsolver and her family (husband and two daughters (18 and 9), decide to move from Tucson, Arizona to Appalachia, Virginia to live on a farm, grow their own food and eat locally and organically for one year. Neither the area, nor farming, was new to Barbara and her husband; they already owned the farm and had spent summers there. Not only did they grow their own food, but Lily, their 9-year old daughter, loved chickens, so she planned to raise some for eggs and meat, herself. They also raised turkeys. I really liked it. It was interesting to see how Barbara and her family lived the year – working in the garden, the cooking, the preparation (lots and lots of canning) for winter. There were also interesting sidenotes written by Barbara’s husband, and most chapters ended with an article (recipes, and meal plans) by Camille, the 18-year old, who left for college part way through the year
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Inspiring! This book was so inspirational I even got my husband to read it. And he loved it too! It has definately made us make changes in our life. I never ever knew heirloom vegetable existed but now that is all I grow and have even purchased books on seed saving. This way of thinking has even snowballed into us thinking of living naturally as possible! We now make out own soap and lotions and lip balm. We also make the mozzarella cheese like in the book! Please read this book, I cannot say enough about it!!
Date published: 2009-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully interesting! With "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" Barbara Kingsolver enters the realm of hundred-mile diet books. But this is a hundred-mile diet book with a difference. The text is absolutely readable and Kingsolver's inerring storytelling ability makes the book extremely interesting. There is nothing preachy about this story of one family's year of eating locally. It is fascinating and none of the information presented is difficult to understand. In fact, she helps expand knowledge about this diet and makes a tremendous case for this cause. Unfortunately, a great many of us do not have the advantages of a farm and a supportive and involved family in a project such as this. But all of us can learn a lot and gain many new ideas on things that we can do to eat more sustainably. With every chapter I developed an intense hunger for the food(s) featured in that chapter. The contributions by other members of her family -- daughter and husband -- expand the information in each chapter and provide recipes that are possible, appealing, and mouth watering! This is a book that you will read straight through and then browse through it again and again!
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PACKED full of essential information. Wow! This book is like solid gold. Honestly, it took me a while to read it because I kept having to re read and then stop and "digest" what I'd read. I feel that EVERYONE who has the slightest interest in their health should read it! It is beautifully written, full of delicious memoirs and packed full of information. Possible one of the most influential books I've read.
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Animal Vegtable Miracle Easy read with challenging ideas. This book was my most influentional read of 2007. It has positively impacted my family and friends to be more aware of 'where' what we are eating originating from, and the season in which we are eating it!
Date published: 2007-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Animal Vegtable Miracle Easy read with challenging ideas. This book was my most influentional read of 2007. It has positively impacted my family and friends to be more aware of 'where' what we are eating originating from, and the season in which we are eating it!
Date published: 2007-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miraculously Wonderful! An unexpected but delightful treasure. Barbara has given the reader a window into her family's life over the year following their return to her roots. Has made me yearn to return to my family roots and the farm we no longer have -- including the turkeys. Thank you, Barbara.
Date published: 2007-08-13

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 13, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061795836

ISBN - 13: 9780061795831

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Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

"As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain.

"Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . ."

Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that's better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.

"This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air."

Includes an excerpt from Flight Behavior.

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