Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

A Year of Food Life

Book - 2017 | Tenth anniversary edition.
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A beautiful deluxe trade paperback edition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Barbara Kingsolver's New York Times bestseller, which describes her family's adventure as they move to a farm in southern Appalachia and realign their lives with the local food chain.

Since its publication in 2007, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has captivated readers with its blend of memoir and journalistic investigation. Newly updated with original pieces from the entire Kingsolver clan, this commemorative volume explores how the family's original project has been carried forward through the years.



When Barbara Kingsolver and her family moved from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they took on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Concerned about the environmental, social, and physical costs of American food culture, they hoped to recover what Barbara considers our nation's lost appreciation for farms and the natural processes of food production. Since 2007, their scheme has evolved enormously. In this new edition, featuring an afterword composed by the entire Kingsolver family, Barbara's husband, Steven, discusses how the project grew into a farm-to-table restaurant and community development project training young farmers in their area to move into sustainable food production. Camille writes about her decision to move back to a rural area after college, and how she and her husband incorporate their food values in their lives as they begin their new family. Lily, Barbara's youngest daughter, writes about how growing up on a farm, in touch with natural processes and food chains, has shaped her life as a future environmental scientist. And Barbara writes about their sheep, and how they grew into her second vocation as a fiber artist, and reports on the enormous response they've received from other home-growers and local-food devotees.



With Americans' ever-growing concern over an agricultural establishment that negatively affects our health and environment, the Kingsolver family's experiences and observations remain just as relevant today as they were ten years ago. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a modern classic that will endure for years to come.

"Cogent and illuminating...Without sentimentality, this book captures the pulse of the farm and the deep gratification it provides, as well as the intrinsic humor of the situation."--Janet Maslin, New York Times

Publisher: New York, NY : HarperPerennial, 2017.
Edition: Tenth anniversary edition.
ISBN: 9781443452700
Branch Call Number: 641.0973 Kin 2017
Characteristics: 416 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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telger
Jul 19, 2017

I rarely keep books(real ones) and I kept my copy of "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle:.." This impacted me in a big and practical way. How I consume, buy, prepare, moreso in my small efforts in backyard gardening, the natural circle and miracle of the life and death of animals- respect, human consumption, tending and preserving which definitions and meaning were elevated , in fact romanticized in many accessible ways. This was a catalyst for me! Probably one of my lifetime favorites!

laurengail Apr 03, 2017

When this book debuted, it was such a revelation for many about food production, carbon footprint, local food, etc. that many people overlooked the fact that it is also a great cookbook. A library staff member was so impressed with the book she attempted to prepare and can some of the summer too-many-tomatoes recipes from page 217 and she shared her results with the rest of the staff. The Sweet and Sour sauce was life changing!

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singasong70
Mar 21, 2017

Didn't grab me in a way I would've liked, not interested in views r/t chastity, marriage, etc., not into growing food as I live in the "big" city and just want/like a variety of places to shop.

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Jennie_d05
Feb 25, 2017

This book changed the way I thought about not only the way I fed my family, but the way our culture has manipulated food production to our detriment. Kingsolver's family was brave to undertake this project, and the lessons learned are important and timely.

HCL_staff_reviews Dec 01, 2016

Ever thought about wresting control of the food you eat back from the mega-corporations, growing your own or supporting local producers? This book may be just the inspiration and practical guide you need. Kingsolver and her family chronicle their first year of living a strictly locavore lifestyle - not only how they did it, but why they did it - with resources, recipes, and tales of simple miracles they found along the way. Kingsolver's skill with fiction ("Prodigal Summer", "The Poisonwood Bible") makes this true account an engaging as well as informative read. — Julie L., Maple Grove Library

AL_HOLLYR Nov 05, 2016

Beautifully-written account of Kingsolver's attempt to eat only locally-sourced foods for one year. A nice blend of informative and narrative sections - Kingsolver does a great job of merging her family stories and personal experiences with background on the food industry and food science.

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mstuart05
Jun 23, 2016

Listening to the this as an audiobook and loving it!

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Warru37
Apr 11, 2016

May '16 Book Club

LPL_KateG Mar 29, 2016

How have I not reviewed this book before?! I love it. I've recommended it to several friends in the years since first encountering it, and I look forward to re-reading her gorgeous prose. It's the perfect mix of serious issues and light-hearted personality.

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barlesc
May 09, 2015

This book changed the way I think about food.

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