- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (April 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780060852566
- ISBN-13: 978-0060852566
- ASIN: 0060852569
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 990 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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 Britain's Orange Prize for The Lacuna. Before she made her living as a writer, Kingsolver earned degrees in biology and worked as a scientist. She now lives with her family on a farm in southern Appalachia.
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Now we're on our second round of children. We are older, tired and we'd moved away from our fertile loamy soil to sand, acidity and bands of marauding white-tailed deer. We hardly gardened the past 3 years.
Then we found this incredible, life altering book. Actually, the book is not incredible. Barbara Kingsolver's lyrical prose, written with wisdom, humor and truth, was able to bring my husband and I back to the path that led to the local farmer's market, a local CSA (community sustainable agriculture)and gardens of our own again. Her words, and those of her daughter and husband, brought us back into the kitchen, they brought us back to the table, together again as family, to prepare and eat meals together, to talk, to be happy and to be relaxed with one another.
We were able to get the book on CD Animal, Vegetable, Miracle CD, and my husband and I listened to it every evening, enraptured with every chapter, every story, every success and every failure. We felt as though we were living through the Kingsolver family's year of local food and living with them. As the story progressed, so changed our family. We started baking bread again with this fun book Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients ordering organic, locally grown and produced meats, poultry, vegetables and fruit from local growers through the West Michigan Food Co-Op and even going together with other friends to order organic grains and legumes in bulk through a local distributor.
I could write forever the ways this book has changed our family, really fundamentally changed the way we think about food, our local farmers, our earth and sustainability and our community. Much of what we learned, we knew already, but in disjointed news-bites and fragmented memories of our young married (gardening) life. "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" gave us new facts, refreshed old ones and pulled all the information into a beautiful story book, a wonderful primer for living. Thank you to Barbara and her family for showing us the way.
Additional Note: I've purchased copies of the book for my boss, my adult children, siblings and myself since that first copy I read was from the library!
But once I stepped away from the book, my mind kept wandering back to the things she said. I felt eager to tell people why genetic modification is dangerous, how you can imagine the calendar as a plant to know what's in season, how consuming local foods is better for yourself and the environment.
I had to try the zucchini chocolate chip cookies to see if you could really put zucchini in cookies and not completely ruin them. (You can. They were good, but the flavoring was a little mild. I probably needed to add a little salt to the recipe.)
This book is not the most engaging book I've read, even when you eliminate works of fiction. It was engaging enough to keep me reading until the last page, but it took me a while to get there.
However, in comparison to other books I have read, this has really made a lasting impression on me, and changed the way I think about the food I eat and the environment I make for myself.