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....
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an interesting story of a year-long experiment with eating wholesome, locally grown food, eliminating almost all foods coming from another state or region. There is much to be learned from their experiment. This is also a good read. Kingsolver tells a tale well, whatever the tale.
There's an old church joke that's been told for years that goes something like this: A man dies and goes to heaven and is receiving a welcoming tour on his first day. He's shown a variety of rooms, each of which belongs to a particular denomination and in which those particular people are doing whatever is common to their little sect of Christianity. The denomination at the butt of the joke changes with who's telling it, but the last room is always occupied by that denomination and the angel says "Shhh, that's the So-and-so's. They think they're the only ones here." And the angel and the man tip-toe by.
Kingsolver writes a good book of course, but she's like the denomination that thinks they're the only ones present on the issue. Left wing types have bought into their own hype that they're the only ones trying to save the planet and the right wing types are all at Walmart buying Roundup.
A little less smugness and a more generous spirit would help her influence a greater number of people. Joel Salatin is on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum and he's arguably one of the most influential people on the scene today for making a real difference. Kingsolver is a great writer but maybe she should hire Salatin to edit her next book if she decides to produce a sequel.