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. "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" follows the family through the first year of their experiment. They find themselves eager to move away from the all too familiar scenario of most families: a refrigerator packed with processed, factory farmed foods transported long distances using nonrenewable fuels. Believing that most of us have better options available, Kingsolver and her family set out to prove for themselves that a local diet is not just better for the economy and environment, but also better on the table. Their search leads them through a season of planting, pulling weeds, expanding their kitchen skills and harvesting their own animals. Inspired by the flavours and culinary arts of a local food culture, they explore farmers' markets and diversified organic farms at home and across the country, discovering a booming movement with devotees from all over America. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, and complete with original recipes, "Animal Vegetable Miracle" makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life, and diversified farms at the centre of our diet.
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'Absorbing ... [I was] relishing her suggested menus ... just as much as her thoughtful, clever, informative narrative.'
-- Daily Mail
'Her warm, funny, inspiring account could not be more timely.' -- Jane Wheatley, The Times
'It has an instant appeal ... Her enthusiasm is infectious.' -- Joanna Blythman, Daily Mail
'It is neither high-minded or hippyish. The family's practical, can-do open-heartedness should be a lesson to us all.' -- Kate Colquhoun, Daily Telegraph
'Kingsolver's secret weapon is her glorious wit.'
-- Kathryn Hughes, Guardian
'Reads as well as Barbara Kingsolver's excellent novels. Warmly engaging and often amusing.' -- Penny Meyrick, Daily Express
A year in the life of bestselling novelist ,Barbara Kingsolver, and her family as they try to eat local produce, grow their own, and reduce their ecological footprint
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2007. Microfilm. Book Condition: New. New.. 234 x 160 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780060852559