Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year Of Food Life

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year Of Food Life

by Barbara Kingsolver

HarperCollins | April 29, 2008 | Trade Paperback

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year Of Food Life is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 7.

Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.88 in

Published: April 29, 2008

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060852569

ISBN - 13: 9780060852566

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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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: A Year Of Food Life

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year Of Food Life

by Barbara Kingsolver

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.88 in

Published: April 29, 2008

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060852569

ISBN - 13: 9780060852566

From the Publisher

Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d 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.

About the Author

Barbara Kingsolver was born on April 8, 1955 in Annapolis, Maryland and grew up in Eastern Kentucky. As a child, Kingsolver used to beg her mother to tell her bedtime stories. She soon started to write stories and essays of her own, and at the age of nine, she began to keep a journal. After graduating with a degree in biology form De Pauw University in Indiana in 1977, Kingsolver pursued graduate studies in biology and ecology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She earned her Master of Science degree in the early 1980s. A position as a science writer for the University of Arizona soon led Kingsolver into feature writing for journals and newspapers. Her articles have appeared in a number of publications, including The Nation, The New York Times, and Smithsonian magazines. In 1985, she married a chemist, becoming pregnant the following year. During her pregnancy, Kingsolver suffered from insomnia. To ease her boredom when she couldn't sleep, she began writing fiction Barbara Kingsolver's first fiction novel, The Bean Trees, published in 1988, is about a young woman who leaves rural Kentucky and finds herself living in urban Tucson. Since then, Kingsolver has written other novels, including Holding the Line, Homeland, and Pigs in Heaven. In 1995, after the publication of her essay collection High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, De Pauw University.

Editorial Reviews

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