Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with
her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred
new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.
“As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun
Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the
Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all
around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives
with our food chain.
“Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel. . . .”
Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck,
Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey
away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they
vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it
themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search
yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous
zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that’s better for the
neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, part
journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of
family life and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.