Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

I’m currently reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. There are actually three authors to this book: Barbara Kingsolver, her husband Steven L. Hopp, and her daughter Camille Kingsolver.

I’m only on chapter 3. So far I think it’s an excellent book. Excellent. Kingsolver’s prose is, as always, beautiful. The subject of eating locally and seasonally is one that is of great interest to me. M and I have been slowly easing ourselves into eating and living that way. Steven L. Hopp inserts factoids with statistics and websites where you can do your own research or learn more about how food is grown and travels, and some of the costs to the environment involved in the food traveling. Camille Kingsolver adds a 19-year-old’s perspective to the experiment as well as some yummy recipes and meal plans.

Last night when we finished dinner M commented that everything that was served for dinner was grown or raised locally. We bought the chicken that we grilled from a local farm. The corn, cucumbers, onions, and potatoes all came from local farmers. The watermelon we had for dessert was grown by our neighbor (who gave us three lovely watermelons and they are by far the sweetest watermelons I’ve ever eaten!).

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle describes a year in which Barbara Kingsolver and her family decided to eat only food that they’d either grown themselves or could get within a 100 mile radius of their home. They started with asparagus in April. Kingsolver’s chapter on asparagus is wonderful. It made me yearn for a big plate of the beautiful green spears. It also inspired me to want to start my own asparagus bed because her descriptions of eating freshly picked asparagus made my mouth water.

I don’t normally review a book before I finish it, but it’s so fascinating that I wanted to go ahead and recommend it.

Plus it segues nicely into this…

Read the rest of this entry »