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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life | [Barbara Kingsolver]

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.
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When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment. They find themselves eager to move away from the typical food scenario of American families: a refrigerator packed with processed, factory-farmed foods transported long distances using nonrenewable fuels. In their search for another way to eat and live, they begin to recover what Kingsolver considers our nation's lost appreciation for farms and the natural processes of food production. Americans spend less of their income on food than has any culture in the history of the world, but they pay dearly in other ways: losing the flavors, diversity, and creative food cultures of earlier times. The environmental costs are also high, and the nutritional sacrifice is undeniable: on our modern industrial food supply, Americans are now raising the first generation of children to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Part memoir and part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.

©2007 Barbara Kingsolver; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Kingsolver has the ear of a journalist and the accuracy of a naturalist." (Publishers Weekly)

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    This book is not a how-to, .. it is not a guide of any kind, and it's not really a

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    Grcla 10-31-11
    Grcla 10-31-11 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    I found the narration poor and gave up on the book 1 hour into it. I agree with other reviews that this book should never have put into audio format.

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    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 02-07-11
    anthony lower lake, CA, United States 02-07-11 Member Since 2005

    I'll see ya in the smoke.

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    "Another Kingsolver book I couldn't finish"

    When Ms Kingsolver chooses to wrap her agendas with a good story, she is one of my favorite authors. This book too, had it's interesting times when she talked about her garden, and her experiences throughout the year of self imposed food life. But she was way to preachy, much too preachy, preachy, preachy, preachy. Can I get an amen!

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    Amazon Customer 06-27-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Worthwhile information in a somewhat sappy format"

    While the content of the book was important, a more vigorous read would have improved it. An avid lifetime gardener, I finally gained understanding of the local food movement, somewhat. It seems the author did not recommend this except in a minimal way...stating even limited use of local foods would have a big impact on fuel used to transport it from afar. I wonder where she got those numbers?

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-01-07
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 06-01-07 Member Since 2010
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    "informative and relaxing"

    Kingsolver provided a good overview of the challenges and pleasures of trying to live a contemporary life "off the land." Beyond helping us understand the dynamics of "eating local," she, her husband and daughter shared informative and interesting insights on a range of issues related to eating. Finally, Kingsolver narrated most of the book, and it was like listening to a kind aunt reading to you.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Yvette Flores Saint Paul 06-14-07
    Yvette Flores Saint Paul 06-14-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Sample before you buy"

    I listed to this book for about 2 hours and gave up on it. The writer is constantly using metaphores. It becomes very distracting, after an hour you want the writer to just say what they mean and MOVE ON.
    Try it if you like overy descriptive writing.

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    Elizabeth Albuquerque, NM, USA 07-31-08
    Elizabeth Albuquerque, NM, USA 07-31-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Moan, moan, moan."

    Yes, the world will soon have no more to give to mankind. Yes, it's wonderful that the author was able to live a year of sustainability. Thanks for alerting the rest of us to options to reduce our ever-destructive impact on the world. I am so glad that your turkeys now know how to mate. I am so sad that petroleum based transportation systems hold us all in their ghastly grip. Oh, for another era . . .

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    Natalya Elizabethtown, KY, United States 10-16-08
    Natalya Elizabethtown, KY, United States 10-16-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Half wonderful, half horable"

    I loved learning about life on a farm and how to eat with the seasons.

    However I feel as if I am being preached to about global warming and oil. I just wish that I could get rid of half the book, and I would give it five stars. I know it is better to eat in the seasons, I just don't agree with why you should do it. I bet I would like it better if I actually believe man was causing global warming. So if you believe that you will love this book.

    Anyway thanks Barbra I was a enlightening read.

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    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 12-07-08
    T. C. Pile Millwood, NY 12-07-08 Member Since 2010

    audiobookaholic

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    "Is FOOD important to you?"

    Food may be the battleground of the 21st Century, as we endeavor to find ways to feed the planet's burgeoning population. Look at Zimbabwe today: an society that was once self-sufficient has completely lost its way. People whose grandparents lived happily off of the land have been bilked out of their birthright, and now are starving, while other suffering populations have been tricked into throwing half of their Super-Sized Happy Meals into the trash because it's too much food and they can't convert it into fat fast enough. Sense that his review might be a bit personal? OK, I'll stop. Kingsolver tells the same truth in a much more digestible way, relating her family's adventure with globally-conscious food choices with wry wisdom, humor, and honest evaluation of the right way to live and to eat in a shrinking world.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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