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

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life ~ Barbara Kingsolver, with Stephen Hopp and Camille Kingsolver

I am a confessed fan of Barbara Kingsolver’s writing, her style and voice, and all the ways I question and think after reading her stories and ideas.I was thrilled to see an interview with Ms. Kingsolver about this particular book and how she came to make this transition in her life and her family’s life. I am not able to move to a farm, and even if I could I don’t think I could maintain such a “romantic” vision to keep me going through the tough times and the labor intensive times, but that someone was pulling together their whole family’s strengths and values into a project to feed and shelter themselves into their future really made me grab on to this wonderful read.

The book is primarily the journal of why they made such major change in their lives and about all the research and hard learning lessons they undertook to achieve and to succeed with their vision of not exhausting resources (especially water in Arizona) and to live locally. This meant purchasing food that they did not grow, which was not much, from local farmers and learning new ways of cooking and eating. The family did a great deal of research and went on a vacation to understand how other folks were achieving this goal including restaurants, green house gardening, cheese making, Amish conservation work,coops and wine making.The story afforded some out loud laughter and made me reassess my habits and priorities, leading to some positive life changes.

I don’t know if this will inspire or discourage you in your lifestyle, but it is a good read and I would highly recommend it.

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