Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
A Year Of Food Life
by Barbara Kingsolver
“This is the story…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.”
You really need to read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle!
I had read and enjoyed Barbarba Kinsolver’s fiction for many years. But her non-fiction Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, was fascinating and changed how I cook, garden, buy food – and it eventually led us to write this blog. We were already well on the way to taking thoughtful control over the food our families consumed. “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” became a valued companion on that path.
It’s well written. Kingsolver is always a joy to read. It is also very motivational. My “go to” when I begin to wonder if it is all worth it. It’s informative with a great “how to” aspect to the information and very down to earth. As a reader you feel like a friend she is sharing her experiences with, rather than an “expert”. One of the first things that changed for me was how I thought about the small family farms that produce organic food. I had never really thought about farmers as people with families. Or choosing to buy food from a specific area I defined as”local”. Or committing to buy a percentage of our food from local growers.
Kingsolver defined “local” as food produced within a 150 mile radius. Her family committed to buying almost exclusively local foods. I started out by deciding that every meal would have at least one component produced locally. Pretty soon that was easy and I upped my game. Then I chose to add a percentage of our food I would grow myself. If Americans committed to buying even 15-20% of their food locally it would make a huge difference for small family farmers in the United States. And in the nutritional value of their meals. Because of Kingsolver, I always have a goal in mind and pay attention to how far all my food is traveling.
You’ll Wear It Out, Or You’ll Give It To A Friend And They’ll Wear It Out
I have read the book numerous times. I talk about it, I use it as a reference and quote from it. I give it a way and miss it when its gone. Then I just go buy another copy because I know the one given away is a contribution to a worthy cause. That of helping another family take control of what they eat, and how and where their food is produced.
You owe it to yourself to pick up this amazing, inspiring book. And if you use our link (or click on the picture of my well loved copy) you be helping support this blog! (Thank you!)