Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver

animal vegetable miracleWhen Barbara Kingsolver and her family moved from arid Tucson to a farm in the lush Virginia mountains, they committed to living for one year on only food they could grow themselves or find locally.  From nurturing delicate asparagus to starting a heritage turkey flock to pining for faraway citrus, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is both a thought-provoking meditation on American food culture and an engaging family memoir.  Included in the text are the Kingsolvers’ own favorite recipes and seasonal meal plans.

Quote:
“Planning complex, beautiful meals and investing one’s heart and time in their preparation is the opposite of self-indulgence.  Kitchen-based family gatherings are process-oriented, cooperative, and in the best of worlds, nourishing and soulful.  A lot of calories get used up before anyone sits down to consume.  But more importantly, a lot of talk happens first, news exchanged, secrets revealed across generations, paths cleared with a touch on the arm.  I have given and received some of my life’s most important hugs with those big oven-mitt potholders on both hands.”

Author:
Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, non-fiction writer, and poet.  Her many books include The Poisonwood Bible; The Lacuna; High Tide in Tucson; and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  She lives in southwestern Virginia.

Published:  2007
Length:  370 pages
Set in:  Virginia, United States
Illustrations by:  Richard A. Houser

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