Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

A Year of Food Life

Kingsolver, Barbara

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
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."--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060852559
Branch Call Number: 641.3 K55a 2007
Characteristics: 370 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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When Barbara 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. The author’s clear, compelling voice propels this locavore memoir. And the... Read More »

Kingsolver tells of her family's move to rural Appalachia and their attempt to grow and raise their own food or know the farmer who did raise their food.

Popular author Kingsolver and her family challenged themselves to a year of eating locally and sustainably.

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Jan 17, 2015

Kingsolver and her family share personal changes you and I can follow to become locavores. The book won the James Beard award.

Aug 06, 2014
  • natalieruhl rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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!

Jul 18, 2014
  • twintoes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I so thoroughly enjoyed this book and the author! Very inspired to give serious thought to how my food purchases/consumption affect the environment negatively. What a wonderful awakening to the importance of eating what is grown locally, or better yet to the inspiration to grow your own!

Feb 13, 2014

I loved this book. It's a non-fiction, written by one of my favorite fiction authors, Barbara Kingsolver.
This book details the one year in which her family ate only animals and produce which they had either raised/grown themselves, or which they could purchase from local sources. (Local being defined as anything within a 60 mile radius of their home in Virginia. So, for example, since citrus fruits are not grown within that radius, they did without citrus for that year!.) I found the whole process they went through so interesting - deciding what they were going to grow and raise; preserving (drying, canning, freezing) the food they harvested/killed for consumption during the non-harvest months; scouting out local sources of items like beef, flour, honey, etc. I came away with a greater appreciation of the work of farmers; the effort that goes into producing / raising food; the value and great variety of seeds (e.g. all the varieties of tomatoes!), the economic value of eating local; and with a desire to patronize our local farmer's market to obtain more of our produce, etc locally. It got me thinking of how I can feed my family in greener, healthier ways.

Dec 09, 2012

NYPL has to work on download issues as picking a duration does not work and cannot be selected.

Jul 17, 2012

Loved this book! Would read it again

Jul 10, 2012
  • kitkat110706 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great book! Enjoyed her prose along with the information. Her husband's and daughter's input are enlightening and enjoyable. Only wish that the hubby's essays would have been more systematically placed. They kept popping up in the most inopportune places, causing a startling break in Kingsolver's storytelling flow. I recommend book-marking his parts, and revisiting them after finishing the overall story. They are connected to their chapters only as factual, current issues that one would do better to ponder after the chapter or story has concluded. With that said, it's a wonderful book that gives the reader some insight into the lives of the Kingsolver family, and more information about the Appalachian country. A good chaser for 'Prodigal Summer'!

Jun 11, 2012
  • kthrnmnd rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Inspiring! Barbara Kingsolver makes me want to buy a farm...or at least take better care of the plants growing on my balcony.

Nov 13, 2011

Like another reviewer says below. This book will change the way you think about food and how you feed your family.

May 29, 2011

Recommended by Liz Visentin

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Jul 18, 2014
  • twintoes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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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