Friday, May 1, 2009

Recommended Read: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Last week, I finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle a memoir written by Barbara Kingsolver, one of my favorite authors. Kingsolver and her family decided to eat locally for a year. They grew an enormous garden, made friends with nearby dairy farmers and butchers, the whole works. 

Her book details both the deliciously described culinary side of things, as well as the environmental and health reasons that motivated their choices. She writes about making mozzarella cheese in her kitchen, canning tomatoes, harvesting vegetables from their garden, even teaching her turkeys how to mate and nurture their eggs so they would become chicks. 

It took me a long time to pick this up, but it is one of the rare books that has actually influenced the way Robin and I shop and eat. The book motivated us to get our Community Sponsored Agriculture share, and now is the reason we make a point to go to the Farmer's Market at least once a week, sometimes twice. I highly recommend it!

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