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.
Barbara Kingsolver and her family embarked on an experiment to grow their own food - both plant and animal - for a year and eat locally grown, seasonally-available produce. I applaud their effort and I do not stand in judgment for anything they did or didn't do in their quest. Kingsolver and her family narrated and didn't do a terrible job although I had to speed it up to 1.5 and 2x in parts because they read very slowly.
This wasn't a bad book. It actually contains a lot of useful information for anyone interested in raising poultry. It just got too preachy in certain areas, it contained too many weird thrown-in references to various religions, and it didn't contain the information I was hoping for in the way of gardening techniques for growing vegetables. Perhaps that last part was unjustified given that I have recently read The Edible Garden by Alys Fowler, which I consider to be the magnum opus of vegetable gardening books. Kingsolver's agenda was very different from Fowler's in that she sought to document her family's year-long quest and not to provide a step-by-step guide.
I have to say that I thought the best part of the book to be the interview with Kingsolver at the end in which she describes the process of writing the book and how she approached it stylistically (which information she decided to include and why). I consider that interview to be one of the best explanations of the ethics and dynamics of the writing process that I've ever heard.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is more of a story than a guide, and maybe that's why I didn't like it more; I wanted a guide. The story is well-documented, although I thought it could have used a little less description and a little more information. Kingsolver and her family have calming voices and they all read very slowly. It took me a couple of months to finish because the book drags in places and the overall pace of the book is so slow that it didn't maintain my attention.
The main point of the book seemed to me to be that there is a moral point to be made about overconsumption and that small, individual efforts against gluttony and overuse of resources add up to big changes. This would be an invaluable reference for anyone who wants to raise their own poultry or for anyone who wants some basic ideas about how to grow or raise their own food. If you're looking for more of a guide to gardening, however; read The Edible Garden by Alys Fowler. Something else - you may not want to listen to this one while driving. It's not exactly caffeine for the mind and it drags in places, but it's a great listen around bedtime or while doing something else around the house.
Yikes. This book is about how sad and unhealthy the rest of the world is in comparison to her family. A long over the top celebration of their life style. Learned very very little about how to actually DO anything with the land.
Narration was a fail, over-the-top self narration.
Absolutely nothing. Already know too much.
This author clearly has a background in literature. Therefore she is very happy to finally write her very own book. Result? Every sentence is over written. I want my money back
I would recommend this book to a friend because many of us "try" to eat healthy and organic, but it can seem like a lonely path to travel. Barbara tells about her family's project to "eat local" for one year. Although this is a true story, this book does not sound like a non-fiction book, but an enjoyable story to listen to. It has inspired me rather than overwhelmed me to look at the food I eat and to try to make a few changes in my diet to eat better and feed my family well.
As a farmer's daughter, turned city dweller, I could relate to and laugh about the chapter on harvesting the turkeys and chicken day! Barbara also comes up with delightful twists of wording that just draw the listener in.
The author narrated this book herself along with other family members. I truly enjoyed Barbara's narration and I've listened to hundreds of books! Her voice is soothing which made this a relaxing listen when it could have been sort of overwhelming with advice, tips, and recipes. I really enjoyed hearing her family member's voices as well. It kind of felt like I was sitting in their living room listening to them tell me personally about their experiment to eat locally for one year.
An inspiring yet "do-able" listen for anyone who eats organic, cares about animal rights and the environment. Through her storytelling, Barbara has a way of encouraging small changes to improve our food choice lifestyle. Looks like I'll finally make my way to my local farmer's market!
I live in the same county as the authors and know many of the same farmers. It was enjoyable to read about their interactions at my local farmer's market and about attempts at cultivating many of the same crops I have tried to grow.
The Omnivore's Dilemma is the obvious comparison because of the subject matter but this book seemed much more personal to me. It is aptly subtitled as a memoir, for that is what it is.
Picking the garden on the way out the door to vacation. Been there, done that.
I love this book and the experiment this family did. When I purchased the book I expected to hear their story, but had no idea there would be so much more information as well. This is well written and well researched. The gardening and nutritional information alone is worth the purchase but this book is so much more. Every time I re-listen to this book I hear more and it also makes me remember other things and make better choices.
I have to mention the author's reading of this book makes the audio version so much better. She has a voice/accent that gets into such a great rhythm that it is really relaxing to listen to her. Sometimes I put this book on just to relax and it makes me feel like I am sitting at my mom's or grandma's kitchen table talking about our gardens. Usually I am not particularly fond of the author as narrator but Barbara Kingsolver does such an awesome job that I can't imagine anyone else reading this book. Also, the readings from her daughter and husband are great too.
I would recommend this audio book to just about anyone. You will listen again and again.