Book Review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

I've enjoyed the other novels by Kingsolver I've read in the past (particularly Prodigal Summer), so when this work of nonfiction hit the shelves, I was curious to read it.

Kingsolver and her family endeavor to spend a year growing/raising their own food, to eat locally, and to write a book along the way about their experiences and knowledge gained. I had a mixed reaction to this book: guilt, for eating out of season produce; annoyance, at some of the preachier passages (I live in Indiana. We grow cow corn and soybeans. Eat that.); envy, that she has 40 acres in which to plant a garden, and I don't even have a yard (yet); inspiration, to be more mindful when I hit the IGA next time. ;-)

This is a measured, well written work, peppered between Barbara's passages with Steven's more "educational" essays, and daughter Camille's perspectives and recipes.

I'll never look at tomatoes or turkeys the same way again. ;-)


Note: I listened to the audio edition, narrated by the family themselves. It felt like it took me twenty seven years to listen - it was particularly difficult during long car trips, when I need something with a bit more...pep. And it was particularly guilt-inducing when I listened while making dinner. ;-) Kingsolver's slooooow delivery took getting used to, but I got there.

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