Friday, April 06, 2012

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver is a versatile writer - The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, Pigs in Heaven - all great books. And I haven't read The Lacuna yet.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is different, though. In this book, Kingsolver tells us about a full year during which she and her family strived to eat what they grew or at the very least foodstuff produced within a 100-mile radius of their farm in Appalachia. This book is a collaboration with her husband and elder daughter, who provide information about agriculture in America (large- and small-scale), nutritional information and recipes. The bulk is written by Barbara Kingsolver herself, in her personable, warm, entertaining style - the doubts of the first winter months, the joy of the first rhubarb at the farmers' market, the plenty of summer, the reasons why you should not give your hens names, and turkey sex rituals!

A pleasure to read in its own right, it's a book that makes you think about your food choices. While I have to admit I'm unlikely to start growing vegetables in my backgarden, I am trying to stay away from Chilean blueberries! That's a start!

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