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"ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE - A Year in the Life of Food" Barbara Kingsolver's new book

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"ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE - A Year in the Life of Food" Barbara Kingsolver's new book

Sherri | May 5, 2007 12:21 PM

Has anyone read this yet? I'm only 50 pages into it, enjoying the book immensly and having a hard time putting it down. The prose is wry, witty and full of information without being preachy. The author and her family made a life-changing decision to leave their comfortable surburban Tucson life and move to rural Applachia where grow the majority of the food they will eat for the next twelve months. What they don't raise or grow will come from their neighbors as much as possible. Kingsolver admits they will have a hard time giving up coffee and olive oil so they'll find "green" sources for these products. This is more than just talking about eating what's in season -- they are living what has become stylish salon-speak for being environmentally aware. No more meals that include New Zealand lamb, Italian porcinis, Chilean grapes and French wine (what the author calls "The United Nations of Edible Plants"). Watermelons will not appear in March nor are tomatoes available in November unless dried or preserved in some way.

Stay tuned. Full report will follow.

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