Saturday, September 13, 2014

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver

Sub-title:  A Year of Food Life

written with Steven L Hopp and Camille Kingsolver (husband and daughter)

This book had been on my TBR list for quite some time.  I've enjoyed the author's fiction tremendously and it was fascinating to peek into her real life, living a year off of the land.

I've always thought of Kingsolver as an Arizonan but her roots are in Appalachia and its to there that she returns to live with her husband and two children.  They decide to spend a year living off of homegrown, locally sourced, in season food.  The books relates the results of their experience.

Its a different sort of writing, where her husband, Steven, a scientist and her older daughter, Camille, a budding nutritionist, contribute their own viewpoints throughout the book.  It also has recipes for the meals the concoct throughout the year.

I was a bit overwhelmed at how much work raising your own food and meat can be.  Her extensive garden, chickens and turkeys were a constant demand on their time.  Canning, butchering, baking, harvesting puts them in touch with the seasons and gives a glimpse of what life must have been like when many people owned their own farms.

In all its a simpler though more demanding lifestyle.  We have so much idle time that we pay little attention to what we put in our mouths each day and have even less appreciation as to how it got to us.  Its also a testament to family.  The necessity to work together, share daily chores and respect each person's contribution.

Published:  2007   Read:  August 2014   Genre: Memoir

Authors referenced:
Ricki Carroll, New England Cheesemaking Supply , book, Cheesemaking Made Easy
Deborah Madison - Local Flavors
five color silverbelt - swiss chard - a green I'd like to try growing.

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