Excellent book, beautifully read. I love Barbara Kingsolver's books but this one was particularly good. I learned a lot and enjoyed the story immensely. She reads with such care for the words of her story--I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed listening to this book. While it is entertaining; it is also educational. I didn't realize our food system was in such a state! I will think of this book every time I bite into a hamburger!! And, this summer I will attempt to grow my own heirloom vegetables!
A delightful and revealing book from Kingsolver and her family. This book which has chapters by Kingsolver, her husband and her children, invites us to share the experience and learning a year of eating locally has to offer. A great weekend read that will continue to resonate as you walk thorough the aisles of your grocery store.
This was one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. I was so inspired by this book! If we could all follow this path, just think what our future would look like. This is also one of the rare times when the author is the BEST person to narrate. Thank you!
Being read by Kingsolver and family brings this book closer to home and makes it real to the reader. It's a combination of good story, good food, and interesting facts for the environmentally friendly. It'll put you off well traveled food and on to good home grown tomatoes.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a great blend of personal history, environmental updates, farmer's almanac and enticing cookbook. You'll want to take a break from listening to go online where you can download some of the great recipes or access references.
I've read, or listened to, quite a few books this past year. I would rank this one at the top of the list. I enjoyed listening to Barbara's voice and laughed out loud at many places throughout the book. Camille's recipes made me hungry and wishing I knew how to make my own mozzarella. The book does come with a more serious side than simply teaching us how to "grow our own food". There is a downside to this particular Audible selection. I don't have access now to the many facts given to me by her husband Steven. I think this is an oversight on Audible's part and hope to find the supporting footnotes on her website.
This is really a very fun and informative book, largely because Barbara Kingsolver is such a good writer. I believe everyone should read this and start thinking seriously about our food and how what we eat affects the rest of our world. I'm getting the Omnivore's Dilemma next....
I read In Defense of Food in about a day, but this is really hard to get through. There is so much detail- about everything. I'm not a hard-core farmer, just a gardener looking for some gems of information for my little yard. She goes into such detail about every little thing that it makes me wonder if it would go quicker as a 'read' rather than a listen, or if I should have looked for an abridged version first.
this was a very smart book. Barbara Kingsolver's narrative is rich with descriptive vocabulary and makes me ache for a patch of earth to grow and the space to raise animals. Her approach is decidedly humble and not preachy but she and her coauthors are direct and clear about their values and reasons for them. I know that can be a very sensitive issue from both a consumer's and farmer's perspective. I will definitely listen again and have been evangelizing the book starting early into its pages (or minutes rather!) If you are new to or well versed in exploring topics related to eating local and breaking away from large corporate agriculture this book is wonderful. Their family story is heartwarming and exciting in the normalcy of their lives. I especially loved Lily and her chickens! Such an enterprising and thoughtful girl.