Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a year of food life

Barbara Kingsolver is well-known for her fictional works, which I certainly intend to read after enjoying the deadpan humour in this book.  The family describes a year during which they attempted to be fully self-sufficient – growing their own vegetables, raising turkeys for Thanksgiving, keeping chickens for eggs, putting up preserves and making cheese.  This book is particularly interesting because of factual information presented in a decidedly un-boring way and the inclusion of  perspectives from both Barbara’s husband and daughter.  I found myself wondering what it would be like for my own family to undertake self-sufficiency – while most would not start with a year-long attempt, this book is inspiring to anyone who is concerned with how we can lessen our environmental impact by making local food choices. (submitted by library customer SS)

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