Barbara Kingsolver’s newest book, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” is her family’s story of “a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew… and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air.”
In her introduction, entitled “Called Home”, Kingsolver writes that “the average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations. True fact.”
Kingsolver co-wrote the book with her husband, biologist Steven Hopp, and her daughter Camille.
The story that Kingsolver sets out to tell is well-written, fascinating, more than a little scary but, ultimately, optimistic. Best of all, she provides practical suggestions for those of us who are interested in eating locally but do not (currently) live on farms.
As it turns out, our parents were right all along about eating fruits and vegetables in season.