Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

One family’s attempt to eat locally for a calendar year.

I am a bit late to the game in reviewing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I’d read so much about the book that I couldn’t really imagine how it could be more than just “eat local food in season, it’s better for you and better for the planet.” Color me apologetic for my arrogance–the book (and website) are packed with so much useful information that even a city girl like me felt empowered to eat much more local food. I’m not saying I’ll give up bananas, but I’m finally going to try canning this year. I’ve always wanted to give it a go, so this year I’m going to buy a slew of tomatoes and see what I can do with them. I’m also embarking on year two of my garden, starting with some organic, heirloom seeds for herbs, cucumbers, and peppers, all of which did really well on my balcony last year. And I’m going to try making cheese! I love to cook and I love projects, and I think making mozzarella will be a fun activity for my older daughter’s homeschool preschool coop.

The audiobook is read by Kingsolver herself, who has a lovely speaking voice. She’s especially charming when talking about her younger daughter’s passion for raising chickens. She’s joined by her husband and her older daughter. It was a really great listen.

3 thoughts on “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver”

  1. LOVE this book. I couldn’t imagine what all the hoohah was about going in, but I was quickly converted. This book was soooo full of wonderful information, and I found it quite inspirational. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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