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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle  by Barbara Kingsolver
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Nov 16, 2009

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle describes Barbara Kingsolver’s family’s attempt to eat locally grown foods for a year. As to be expected, corporate agricultural organizations and the use of oil to grow, process and transport food are classed as evils, but these viewpoints do not contribute to a large portion of the book. (Since my household’s income is intertwined with small oil companies, I am as sensitive to over-generalizations of the oil industry as Ms. Kingsolver is about tobacco farmers.) Most of the book focuses on daily living and gardening. Through reading this book, I learned how to better tell which foods are in season, that I could make my own cheese, and how turkeys mate. I have been encouraged to grow more heritage seeds instead of hybrids, buy more farmers market produce, and bake more bread. I have also marked several recipes to try. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable, motivational book. And, despite the chapter on turkey mating, it is a clean, G-rated read.

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