Animal, vegetable, miracle: our year of seasonal eating / Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L Hopp and Camille Kingsolver

August 31, 2007 at 3:33 pm | Posted in Non-Fiction | Leave a comment

Novelist Barbara Kingsolver writes about her family’s year of eating home-grown food, or if not home-grown, locally bought. The family moves from Arizona to a farm in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, where they have a large garden, growing every vegetable imaginable, and raising hens and turkeys.

Animal, vegetable, miracle: our year of seasonal eating moves through the seasons, describing the seasonal harvests and the preparation for winter when harvest ceases. It argues the economic, social and health benefits of putting local foods at the centre of a family diet.

Kingsolver’s husband Steven contributes information on industrial agriculture and her daughter Camille provides her reflections on food and some yummy sounding recipes.

The book is very well written and although entertaining, there is a serious message about what and how we eat and where it comes from.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in growing their own food and/or eating locally and seasonally.

Recommended by Sue


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