Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

animal vegetable miracle

When Barbara Kingsolver and her family moved from arid Tucson to a farm in the lush Virginia mountains, they committed to living for one year on only food they could grow themselves or find locally.  From nurturing delicate asparagus to starting a heritage turkey flock to pining for faraway citrus, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is both a thought-provoking meditation on American food culture and an engaging family memoir.  Included in the text are the Kingsolvers' own favorite recipes and seasonal meal plans.

“Planning complex, beautiful meals and investing one's heart and time in their preparation is the opposite of self-indulgence.  Kitchen-based family gatherings are process-oriented, cooperative, and in the best of worlds, nourishing and soulful.  A lot of calories get used up before anyone sits down to consume.  But more importantly, a lot of talk happens first, news exchanged, secrets revealed across generations, paths cleared with a touch on the arm.  I have given and received some of my life's most important hugs with those big oven-mitt potholders on both hands.”

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, non-fiction writer, and poet.  Her many books include The Poisonwood Bible; The Lacuna; High Tide in Tucson; and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  She lives in southwestern Virginia.

Published:  2007
Length:  370 pages
Set in:  Virginia, United States
Illustrations by:  Richard A. Houser