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

von Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp (Autor), Camille Kingsolver (Autor)

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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.… (mehr)
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I liked this book and learned some things but it was a struggle to keep reading it. Some parts felt like I was being lectured, some parts felt like I was being told stuff I already knew, and some parts made me feel guilty that I hadn't fully appreciated eating local, eating organic, and/or the paying attention to how meat animals were being cared for. But also I felt like the author was overly optimistic for change, at least in enough time to prevent the world from blowing up from climate change. But I will try to be conscientious now. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Aug 16, 2021 |
This book has completely changed the way I understand and enjoy food. I have such a deeper appreciation for plant and animal life and for what appears on the grocery store shelves. It does have "preachy" moments, which could deter some people--this didn't bug me since my ecological/political/social opinions tend to fall in line with BK's. This book provides a wealth of information for curious folks out there, and as always, BK's style is fluid, approachable, and full of heart.

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It was so wonderful rereading this book. This is one that I'll probably continue to reread through the years, both for the wonderful vignettes of each season/outing and the jam-packed amount of information (although hopefully some of the information will be outdated soon--for the better). The "Hoppsolver" family amazes me with their dedication and the degree of their success encourages the steps I make at becoming a more conscious eater. I also more fully appreciate now the experience of growing up in a farming family, from the older generations who made their living as farmers to my mother's suburban garden growing up (hindsight, however, is certainly 20/20 on this one--I still sometimes flinch upon hearing my name and "weeding" in the same sentence, and I learned at an early age that there's no such thing as growing "a little" squash...there comes a point you can't even give pumpkins away). The turkey sex portion is particularly amusing, and as a former vegetarian, I continue to find the chapter "You Can't Run Away on Harvest Day" a masterpiece in itself. I agree with Kate that this book will make you feel guilty for eating a banana, but the food possibilities presented kept my stomach growling and itching to start cooking away my insomnia. I've tried a few of the recipes so far, and they've worked out fairly well for me, though I'm glad I know my way around the kitchen--they might not be as clear for novice cooks who need more guidance. Overall, though, I think this book can get almost anyone jazzed, if not totally convinced about going local to at least some extent. Give it a try! ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
This is a really lovely book. It made me want to plant a vegetable garden (which I can't do while the boys play travel baseball, because NO TIME), or, at the least, rejoin a CSA. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
A well-written and informative book that looks at a family's attempt to eat locally for a year. Kingsolver - along with her daughter and husband, who co-author the book - strikes a delicate balance between advocacy and informative prose that works best because she ultimately sticks to her storyteller roots and tells a great tale about the family's various struggles and surprising (and sometimes funny) discoveries along the journey.

One should know that while reading this book may make you a convert, it ultimately is not a book made to make you feel guilty. As she acknowledges throughout the book, every little effort counts. As Hopp mentions in one of the sidebars, "If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week (any meal) composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by more than 1.1 million barrels of oil every week."

So, small changes is the main thing - that and to learn to enjoy food in a way that is in many ways more affordable and definitely healthier and tastier than the alternative to which we've become accustomed. Kingsolver doesn't use guilt or harassment as a tool, nor does she present the challenge her family took on as easy. At best, the book makes the point (not explicitly I think, but through multiple examples) that every dollar you spend is a vote that counts, and thus - since a lot of our daily purchases concern food - why not put it that money where it can make the most difference? Probably the only possible guilt may come for those playing Farmville or its similar iteration on Facebook - though that is not necessarily a bad thing, in my opinion. ( )
  irrelephant | Feb 21, 2021 |
Uh, oh. I think this book may have changed my life. I’ve been WWOOFing in Italy for several months by now, and the start of this book sounded pretty much like a preachy summary of everything I had been doing and learning since March. Her voice droned on, broken up occasionally by the voices of her husband and daughter, all harping endlessly on the same concepts, the same preaching-to-the-choir ideals. Only for the second half of the book did I feel I had gained much of anything, though for reasons I’ll avoid ranting about here, the chapter describing her vacation to Italy caused me physical pain. At the start, she goes into details about where she and her family are moving from, where they are moving to, and why they opted to cross the country. Her reasons for starting the whole project may not have appealed to me because they so obviously lined up with my own reasons for coming across the Atlantic and beginning a year of agriculture training abroad; her passionate, well-defended reasons didn’t seem so smart since I had already come up with them myself. Likewise, her initial farming tips didn’t strike me as particularly mind-blowing or original. Further along her family’s journey, however, I began to see the differences between her commitment and mine, and the information she brought to light astounded me. As I imagine her lawyers vehemently directed her, she barely grazes the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the revolting relationship between seed catalogues and seed company Monsanto. Her informative sections on the business of raising chickens with her daughter highlighted a different side of chicken-raising than my current chicken-coop-cleaning lifestyle has. Her jokes about being up to her elbows in both zucchini AND tomatoes in August rang very, very, very close to home – as did her less humorous bits about the endlessness of weeding did. And, of course, her immense amount of material on turkey sex had me laughing while weeding my Italian zucchini. In all of this laughing, though, she emphasized the serious moral and ethical motivations behind her choices. In particular, her debate about vegetarianism, with her eldest daughter’s opinion included, proved thought-provoking – very rarely in this type of literature, as far as I can tell, do you find an exceptional amount of pro-meat writing. As someone who has toyed around with the pros and cons of each side of this debate, I found her and her daughter’s ideas informative, well spoken, and convincing. (Basically, the only meat they eat is free-range; they know for a fact that their victims led respectable lives before death. Thus, they’re also eating less meat; their health benefits as the animals do.) I’m set to read more of this kind of literature in the future, and I’m also feeling inspired to find a way to make this kind of lifestyle more realistic for myself when I return to the states. ( )
  revatait | Feb 21, 2021 |
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AutorennameRolleArt des AutorsWerk?Status
Kingsolver, BarbaraAutorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Hopp, Steven L.AutorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Kingsolver, CamilleAutorHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Buchbinder, ClaireÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Daniel, HankFotografCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Hopp, Steven L.ErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Houser, Richard A.IllustratorCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Jiménez, NoeliaÜbersetzerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Kingsolver, BarbaraErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Kingsolver, CamilleErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Metsch, FritzGestaltungCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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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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