Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

A Year of Food Life

eBook - 2007
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When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. "Our highest shopping goal was to get our food from so close to home, we'd know the person who grew it. Often that turned out to be ourselves as we learned to produce what we needed, starting with dirt, seeds, and enough knowledge to muddle through. Or starting with baby animals, and enough sense to refrain from naming them."--Publisher description.
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2007
ISBN: 9780061436383
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook


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A family makes a yearlong vow to eat only what they can grow or what is raised locally.

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Jul 19, 2017

I rarely keep books(real ones) and I kept my copy of "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:.." This impacted me in a big and practical way. How I consume, buy, prepare, moreso in my small efforts in backyard gardening, the natural circle and miracle of the life and death of animals- respect, human consumption, tending and preserving which definitions and meaning were elevated , in fact romanticized in many accessible ways. This was a catalyst for me! Probably one of my lifetime favorites!

laurendouglass Apr 03, 2017

When this book debuted, it was such a revelation for many about food production, carbon footprint, local food, etc. that many people overlooked the fact that it is also a great cookbook. A library staff member was so impressed with the book she attempted to prepare and can some of the summer too-many-tomatoes recipes from page 217 and she shared her results with the rest of the staff. The Sweet and Sour sauce was life changing!

Mar 21, 2017

Didn't grab me in a way I would've liked, not interested in views r/t chastity, marriage, etc., not into growing food as I live in the "big" city and just want/like a variety of places to shop.

Feb 25, 2017

This book changed the way I thought about not only the way I fed my family, but the way our culture has manipulated food production to our detriment. Kingsolver's family was brave to undertake this project, and the lessons learned are important and timely.

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

Ever thought about wresting control of the food you eat back from the mega-corporations, growing your own or supporting local producers? This book may be just the inspiration and practical guide you need. Kingsolver and her family chronicle their first year of living a strictly locavore lifestyle - not only how they did it, but why they did it - with resources, recipes, and tales of simple miracles they found along the way. Kingsolver's skill with fiction ("Prodigal Summer", "The Poisonwood Bible") makes this true account an engaging as well as informative read. — Julie L., Maple Grove Library

ArapahoeHollyR Nov 05, 2016

Beautifully-written account of Kingsolver's attempt to eat only locally-sourced foods for one year. A nice blend of informative and narrative sections - Kingsolver does a great job of merging her family stories and personal experiences with background on the food industry and food science.

Jun 23, 2016

Listening to the this as an audiobook and loving it!

Apr 11, 2016

May '16 Book Club

May 09, 2015

This book changed the way I think about food.

Aug 06, 2014

I really enjoyed the topic of the book. I do have a couple of issues with it though: I often felt that Kingsolver has a superior attitude as she is uninterested in fashion and pop culture and instead is interested in intellect and vegetables. It's too bad this book included Kingsolver's husband's left wing rants once every chapter. Not everyone who eats good, local food is against large farms!! His opinions were extremely one-sided and reduced complex issues to side parts of the page. Shameless promotion of a husband's career.
My favourite part of the book is actually at the end- the turkey story- which was very uniquely interesting. Kingsolver is an incredible writer and I think I am going to start canning this fall after being inspired by this book!

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Jul 18, 2014

“The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations.”


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