Friday, May 29, 2009
Book review: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
A whole book about food? Really? Yes. It's true. And it was fascinating! It's written by author Barbara Kingsolver (author of "The Poisenwood Bible"), her husband Steven Hopp, and daughter Camille. It follows their family as they move to a rural farm and begin the process of eating only local food for a year. When I first heard about this concept I thought, "I can do that. I buy lots of stuff locally." Then, I took an inventory of my kitchen. Honey-local, Eggs-local, Olive oil-uh oh, cheese-eek!, mushroom-hmm.... and on it went. Turns out I didn't buy as local as I thought. It was challenging. And I'm always up for a challenge! She not only challenged me in that way but she argues for the economic, social, and health benefits for putting local food at the center of the family diet. The book is laid out month by month as Shelia shares stories, her husband adds problems with industrializing food, and their daughter adds first person stories and recipes. It made me appreicate the small farmer so much more! And maybe....made me wish I was one too! It's a really good read!