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free read ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Barbara Kingsolver Ation Animal Vegetable Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth You are what you eat. You have to read this book Not just because it conveys an important message about the sustainability and environmental impact of our foodways Not just because its Year in Provence style charm makes Appalachia sound as alluring as the French or Italian countryside no euros reuired But mostly because this is beautiful tightly strung writing about food and what it means to nourish ourselves If you've read a certain amount of writing on food you know sweet and delicious though it may be that it can get cloying A uick flip through Barbara's chapter on turkey butchering will cure youIn case you've had your head in the sand or don't live in the Bay Area or somewhere like it here's the book's basic premise Novelist Barbara Kingsolver and her professor husband pack up their two daughters and move from the New Mexican desert to a small farm in Virginia where it rains and things grow and after a bit of a weaning process that involves hard decisions about bananas undertake a year of eating nothing but locally produced food It's a lot of hard work since they're doing most of the local production themselves They make cheese and cook pumpkins and OD on asparagus They have slaughtering parties They come up with seasonal menus and recipes and share them with youThere's some sound political analysis of why and how our food chain has become a fossil fuel eating monster that disserves developing economies around the world while eroding our health here at home There's some preaching oh well There's a careful explanation of why and under what circumstances raising animals to eat them can be the best use of the planet's resources There's a chick hatching scene that will make you weep I still can't keep my beloved husband from buying huge flats of Costco fruit grown halfway around the world and I'm not giving up Italian truffles or French cheese or wine any time soon So I can't be smug But right now I have a big pot of soup simmering on the stove full of veggies from our local community supported agriculture box and I feel like we're living just a little bit

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review Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food Life 103 ☆ ❴KINDLE❵ ❅ Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food Life Author Barbara Kingsolver – Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that for one year they'd only buy f Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned Miracle A PDF #186 the industrial food pipeline to live a rural life vowing that for one ye. Barbara Kingsolver has long been one of my favorite writers but this most recent book was a bit of a mixed bag for me The book covers the year she and her family spent eating only food they had either grown themselves or purchased from local farmers personally known to them Kingsolver’s skill as a storyteller is undiminished and there are some wonderful sections as she relates their adventures plotting how to foist some of their bumper zucchini harvest off on unsuspecting neighbors and how they helped their new turkey crop re learn the lost art of natural copulation The book also succeeded in teaching me uite a bit I didn’t know about food and gardening As someone who was raised on heavily processed foods I was fascinated to learn the biological secrets of root vegetables how a mild mannered novelist “harvests” chickens at home and how much better food can taste when it hasn’t been subject to the rigors of corporate food production Her chapter on asparagus helped me understand why the tough road hardened variety found in most conventional stores is only a pale shadow of an organically grown stalk picked just hours earlier; her description of the succulent magic of ls made me want to take up mushroom hunting In these celebrations of the pleasures of fresh locally grown in season produce Kingsolver was very effective in inspiring me to think about how to plan my menus around what is seasonally available I’ll be adding her sweet potato uesadilla recipe to my menu this week and I’m looking forward to trying out her dried tomato pesto On the down side Ms Kingsolver’s charming storytelling is laced with a rather heavy dose of preaching I have no doubt that the food monoculture promoted by corporate America has had devastating effects on our health taste buds and environment and the loss of crop diversity these practices have created has made us very vulnerable as a population These are important issues that need to be talked about But part of the reason I’ve admired Ms Kingsolver’s past writing is because she has always woven her political views so seamlessly into her stories that in reading her books I always learned new things without feeling like I had been force fed someone else’s opinions That was not the case with this book The first uarter is particularly thick with commentary on the evils of our current food system More than once I found myself slogging through sections that left me feeling guilty about the food currently in my kitchen than inspired to adopt her suggestions This tone made the read much less effective for me than it would have been had she focused primarily on the very real value her family gained from choosing to forgo convenience in favor of such fantastically delicious food

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Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food LifeAr they'd only buy food raised in their own neighborhood grow it themselves or learn to live without it Part memoir part journalistic investig. Dear Barbara KingsolverI'm very sorry but I'm abandoning my attempt to read your book Animal Vegetable Miracle which chronicles the year your family spent living on your farm in Virginia attempting to eat only local sustainable foodI adore your novels And I loved Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore's Dilemma They even made me stop eating fast food buy organic when I can and give up most meatI wanted to love your book I settled in as you scolded me for eating produce that is flown from halfway around the world You're right I know It makes no sense And then you said if I could only taste fresh vegetables straight from the vine I couldn't stand my bland Stop Shop tomato It's true It doesn't taste that good Tell me It's all very interestingThen four chapters later you were still scolding meBarbara I would love to harvest wild asparagus in the early mornings but I do not have a family farm or a book contract to retreat to All the CSAs near me are sold out for years I know I'm a moral failure because the bananas I have for breakfast come from South America I will patronize my local vegetable stand because of reading your four chapters Can you stop yelling at me nowPlease oh please write another novelSarah