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.
I really liked the way the book began; chronicling the year of local food and discussion of the food industry in this country. I started to lose it, however, when she went into making their own cheese and then the tours of some small farmers' operations. It started to get too preachy and seemed to prattle on without the realization that most readers would not be interested in making their own cheese (or sausage or whatever), and she just kept going on about it. Also had a touch of one of the "simple life" books which I have enjoyed in the past, it is true, but I don't expect here because she is a best selling author and presumably well off. I thought the "asides" by the daughter were absolutely not necessary and preachy as well and I have a hard time being preached to by a girl in her teens or early twenties.
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 have been moving in the direction of more sustainability. It started out with buying a pellet stove because we were mad at the wars for oil. LED lights came out energy saver appliances we switched everything we got a hybrid car. We became organic then vegetarians and were able to get solar panels and insulate our house more through a generous gift we received. I was on a path. My passion during spring and summer was my deck garden.always Then I saw this title and I knew I had to read it. This this book is making me so much more aware of local food gathering besides my gardening. I have a new appreciation for meat eaters and for how a family can come together through something that feels insurmountable to start out with. This book fulfilled my greatest expectations in the narration story references and composition. It is assisting me in developing new dreams as I choose new seeds to start for the late spring plantings. I am also going to make my first attempt today I'm making cheese because it sounds wonderful.
The family in the book is atypical and it's an interesting story but not relatable to most folks. As someone who works in industrial food systems I felt that the critiques were often very judgey. I loved her writing style though. She has a nice voice as well.
I love thrillers!! Harlan Coben, Lee Child, Michael Connolley, John Sanford, David Baldacci, and others! These authors can make a long road trip very enjoyable!
I have only listened to the audio edition, so I cannot make a comparison to the print edition. I did enjoy hearing the authors reading what they wrote. It makes the story that much more compelling.
It provided new information as well as the emotional aspect of why people choose to eat local. It also contained the only discussion about eating meat that I've ever encountered that matches my own philosophy. People are meant to eat meat - however, factory farmed, antibiotic filled meat is wrong. It's not ethical to treat the animals that way and it puts unhealthy elements into the food we consume.
The turkey mating and birth scenes were my favorite. First, I didn't realize how all that worked. Second, it was funny and poignant to hear about the range of emotions the author experienced while waiting for the eggs to hatch.
Farming, Food, and Fun
This book has challenged me to try and eat more locally. While I don't have the space or patience for growing a large garden, I can shop at farmers markets. We can can make sauces, dehydrate food, and so forth. I also really enjoy cooking. It will be nice to know where the food came from. It's also a great way to support local families and businesses.