Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
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Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

"As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain.

"Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . ."

Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that's better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.

"This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and 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."

Includes an excerpt from Flight Behavior.

  

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The recipes are easy and great tasting too. - Overstock.com
Some recipes but a little complicated. - Goodreads
Also, the prose is beautiful. - Goodreads
But it was well researched and very interesting. - Goodreads
... and the never-ending "pets vs. - Goodreads
Entertaining and educational read. - Goodreads

Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

User Review  - Lizprociw - Goodreads

I think I will plant some heirloom tomatoes next year......but I will not raise heritage goats! An interesting read! Read full review

Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

User Review  - Amanda Tanner - Goodreads

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It did make me think about trying to eat more locally. A lot of times we just ignore the fact that most of our produce comes from far away places ... Read full review

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Contents

Called Home
1
Late March
23
Springing Forward
43
Stalking the Vegetannual
63
April
70
The Birds and the Bees
86
May
100
MidJune
111
September
219
September
242
October
259
NovemberDecember
277
What Do You Eat in January?
296
FebruaryMarch
315
Time Begins
334
Acknowledgments
353

Late June
124
Late June
148
Late June
154
July
173
August
196
References
355
Organizations
358
Sidebar Resources
364
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About the author (2009)

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.

Camille Kingsolver graduated from Duke University in 2009 and currently works in the mental health field. She is an active advocate for the local-food movement, doing public speaking for young adults of her own generation navigating food choices in a difficult economy. She lives in Asheville, N.C., and grows a vegetable garden in her front yard.

Steven L. Hopp was trained in life sciences and received his PhD from Indiana University. He has published papers in bioacoustics, ornithology, animal behavior and more recently in sustainable agriculture. He is the founder and director of the Meadowview Farmers Guild, a community development project that includes a local foods restaurant and general store that source their products locally. He teaches at Emory & Henry College in the Environmental Studies department. He coauthored Animal, Vegetable, Miracle with Barbara Kingsolver and Camille Kingsolver.

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