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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2008)

by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver

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When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. "Our highest shopping goal was to get our food from so close to home, we'd know the person who grew it. Often that turned out to be ourselves as we learned to produce what we needed, starting with dirt, seeds, and enough knowledge to muddle through. Or starting with baby animals, and enough sense to refrain from naming them."--From publisher description.… (more)
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    SqueakyChu: Both books address a way of working with our current food culture.
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    Made from Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich (sonyagreen)
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    The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith (owen1218)
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    The Seasons on Henry's Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm by Terra Brockman (JanesList)
    JanesList: Both are delightful to read and tell the story of sustainable growing and eating throughout the year, with recipes and family contributions to the books. You might not want to read them both in the same month, but if you liked one, I bet you'll like the other.… (more)
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    The New English Kitchen: Changing the Way You Shop, Cook and Eat by Rose Prince (hipdeep)
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    Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese by Brad Kessler (Muriel743)
    Muriel743: Covers similar topics - i.e. mainly urban people pursuing food self-sufficiency, forming relationships with rural community and neighbours and learning the skills needed to feed themselves.
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    Fifty Acres and a Poodle: A Story of Love, Livestock, and Finding Myself on a Farm by Jeanne Marie Laskas (hipdeep)
    hipdeep: Not a book about slow food, but for my money a far more interesting memoir of an urbanite's move to a farm.
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Farming
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
This book took me back to my childhood in Southern Indiana where my family grew most of our vegetables and, with my grandparents, 'harvested' chickens in the back yard every summer. I envy those who have the yard space for a garden. And I'm frequenting local Farmer's Markets more regularly now since I read this book. I will venture to say that this book will forever change your relationship with food. ( )
  jemisonreads | Jan 22, 2024 |
I can't get enough food politics!! This book was enjoyable to read and had some very good critisism of our agribusiness practices. The Kingslover family lived off of local food for a year, and learned to get in tune with the seasons and the land and their neighbors. ( )
  mslibrarynerd | Jan 13, 2024 |
Great book about eating organic food, running your farm, & family. Probably won't convert you but if you are on the fence about food choices, check it out. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
I wish, I WISH I could find myself a little plot of land....I had such trouble going food shopping after reading this book, and thankfully, it still makes me pause before I buy those out-of-season, out-of-country so-called delicacies. A delicious book with a moral! ( )
  schoenbc70 | Sep 2, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kingsolver, Barbaraprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hopp, Steven L.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Kingsolver, Camillemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Buchbinder, ClaireTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Daniel, HankPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, Ricksecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Houser, Richard A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jiménez, NoeliaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Metsch, FritzDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sette, LourdesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Picture a single imaginary plant, bearing throughout one season all the different vegetables we harvest...we'll call it a vegetannual.
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In memory of Jo Ellen
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This story about good food begins in a quick-stop convenience market.
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If everything my heart desired was handed to me on a plate, I’d probably just want something else. (Camille Kingsolver)
We all cultivate illusions of safety that could fall away in the knife edge of one second.”
People who are grieving walk with death every waking moment. When the rest of us dread that we’ll somehow remind them of death’s existence, we are missing their reality.
Wake up now, look alive, for here is a day off work just to praise Creation: the turkey, the squash, and the corn, these things that ate and drank sunshine, grass, mud, and rain, and then in the shortening days laid down their lives for our welfare and onward resolve. There’s the miracle for you, the absolute sacrifice that still holds back seeds: a germ of promise to do the whole thing again, another time.
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- 2007 (1e édition originale américaine, Harper Perennial, New York)
- 2008-03-15 (1e traduction et édition française, Littérature étrangère, Payot et Rivages)
- 2015-05-27 (Réédition française, Poche, Littérature étrangère, Rivages)
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When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. "Our highest shopping goal was to get our food from so close to home, we'd know the person who grew it. Often that turned out to be ourselves as we learned to produce what we needed, starting with dirt, seeds, and enough knowledge to muddle through. Or starting with baby animals, and enough sense to refrain from naming them."--From publisher description.

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