BookBrowse Reviews Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

A Year of Food Life

by Barbara Kingsolver

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
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  • First Published:
    May 2007, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2008, 400 pages

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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.

The book market is becoming filled with tomes advising us how to save our planet (or more accurately, keep it habitable for humanity). Some of these 'green reads' are earnest, some are epicurean, all beat the environmental drum, and most will only be read by those already leaning towards that way of thinking. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle stands out from the crowd because it is a book that has the ability to appeal to the crowd. It is to food as Bill Bryson's books are to travel - accessible and appealing to a far wider audience than most of its genre. With input from her biologist husband, Steven (who provides footnotes relating to the food industry) and 19-year-old daughter, Camille (who provides tasty recipes and the voice of a younger generation) Barbara...

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Barbara Kingsolver is the author of novels such as The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees and Prodigal Summer. She was born in 1955 and grew up "in the middle of an alfalfa field," in the part of eastern Kentucky that lies between the opulent horse farms and the impoverished coal fields. She left Kentucky to attend DePauw University in Indiana, where she majored in biology. She and her family used to live outside Tucson but now live in Southern Appalachia.

"Human manners are wildly inconsistent ... but this one takes the cake: the manner in which we're allowed to steal from future generations, while commanding them not to do that to us, and rolling our eyes at anyone who is tediously PC enough to ...

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