Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara KingsolverAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

byBarbara Kingsolver

Hardcover | May 1, 2007

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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."

Barbara Kingsolver's work has been translated into more than twenty languages and has earned a devoted readership at home and abroad. She was awarded the National Humanities Medal, our country's highest honor for service through the arts. She received the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work, and in 2010 won Britai...
Title:Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6.12 × 1.17 inPublished:May 1, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060852550

ISBN - 13:9780060852559

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting! Fascinating subject matter!
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Not a fan of her style of writing, but an interesting read none the less.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Self satisfied much? Interesting if a bit smug look at the locavore movement and what it takes to eat independently from factory farms and large grocery stores. 3/5
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gigantic dose of Food for Thought (or How to Think About Your Food) I don't think I would ever have the gumption of Barbara Gowdy and her family... they packed up their whole lives and relocated to Virginia where they vowed to grow and raise most of their own food for an entire year (supplementing their own endeavours with other locally available fare). The result? A very entertaining and enlightening read that makes you think about where your food comes from. Most of us have only the vaguest of ideas of where our groceries comes from before they reach the brightly lit, overly packaged and carefully merchandised aisles of their local grocery store. We have become so distant from the processes that feed us with potentially catastrophic results. From the fossil fuel cost of California grapes to CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) and mad Cow disease, this book will enlighten you to the overall cost of our eating habits (both physically and environmentally). This book provides tons of information for further study and activism, as well as recipes for the bounty of the kitchen garden.
Date published: 2008-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kingsolver is the new Martha What a fabulous book. I never thought the story of a turkey could make me teary, but I guess that just goes to show how interconnected our lives and our food supply really are. The information in this book did not come as a huge shock for me. I've long been an organic food advocate, and my "from scratch" mentality dates back to early exposure to Martha Stewart Living. I have actually canned peaches and made my own strawberry jam. I own a yogurt maker that got a lot of use for the first month. We haven't eaten red meat in two years and our fish choices aren't endangering the posterity any species. We order from a natural food co-op ( each month and there are very rarely any convenience foods in my freezer or processed foods in my pantry. What I'm getting at is that this book has inspired me to take it even further. I think wherever we are in our choices about food, there's always something else we can do (and feel good about). We're eating a free-range turkey for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I started supporting my local bakery, and was saddened when in the second week of my new bread-buying routine the bakery announced it was closing, due to a lack of local support. So I yanked the bread machine out of the yard sale pile and was amazed at how simple and easy it was to make your own bread. I can't wait to start going to our farmer's market. Though the fields are resting, our farmer's market is open year-round. I was particularly inspired by Ricki 'The Cheese Queen' and can't wait for the arrival of my '30-Minute Mozzarrella and Ricotta Kit.' Yes, I actually ordered this... I too would love to give this book to everyone I know, but one thing that I did admire about Kingsolver's book was the gentleness of it. She wasn't pushing her views on anyone, she was just telling a story and letting you come to your own conclusions. I hope I can eventually strike that same balance in talking about my own food convictions.
Date published: 2007-10-06

Editorial Reviews

“ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE is a chronicle of food feats…I’m inclined to agree with most points Kingsolver makes.”