Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

A Year of Food Life

Paperback - 2008
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Follows the author's family's efforts to live on locally- and home-grown foods, an endeavor through which they learned lighthearted truths about food production and the connection between health and diet.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2008, c2007.
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed.
ISBN: 9780060852566
Characteristics: 370, 16 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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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!

laurengail 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

AL_HOLLYR 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

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LPL_KateG Mar 29, 2016

How have I not reviewed this book before?! I love it. I've recommended it to several friends in the years since first encountering it, and I look forward to re-reading her gorgeous prose. It's the perfect mix of serious issues and light-hearted personality.

May 09, 2015

This book changed the way I think about food.

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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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