Barbara Kingsolver: Animal Vegetable Miracle A Year of Food Life

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This books is not AT ALL in my normal wheelhouse nd I m still scratching my head s to why I suddenly felt impelled to order it on nd read it It s non fiction which nothing gainst non fiction but gain not genre I normally go out nd buy I might read non fiction if it s gift or library bookfreebie or it s our book club monthly read but otherwise not very likelyAlso it s whole book Feel the Heat (Phoenix Agency, about theuthor s family s year long culinary dventure of eating exclusively natural nd organic foods Sudden Fury (The Last Gunfighter, and eating ONLY locally grown or raised foods eschewing the imported the cannednd preserved unless done by the family itself or some local business Spiky anything shipped long distancell those fossil fuels Which yay for that but do I really want to read whole book bout thatBut someone I think in the forementioned book club thought this book was fantastic nd highly recommended it Dungeon of Death and I really loved Barbara Kingsolver s novels The Poisonwood Biblend The Bean Trees so in moment of madness I clicked over to nd bought this book Love Rockets a used copy I m not that madSo here was my takeaway Ipplaud this family s determination to stick exclusively with local organic foodstuffs only for year They did llow themselves A Deceptive Homecoming (Hattie Davish Mystery, a few exceptionss well like coffee dried fruit grains etc on the condition we d learn how to purchase it through channel most beneficial to the grower nd the land where it grows Even though I m not remotely tempted to try it myself it did encourage me to be ware of what s healthy nd what s not nd to try to eat fresh fruit nd veggies even if they re imported from distant lands like California or Florida My favorite parts were some of Kingsolver s charming stories of their culinary dventures especially those involving goats nd chicks nd turkeys Also turkey sex or lack thereof hah There re some interesting organic recipes interspersed throughout the book though I found them somewhat daunting The Hired Man andor dubious from the standpoint of would my family really eat this or would there ben uprising gainst Mom Maybe I ll try some of them sometimeThere s lso lot of scary discussion of GM foods lack of genetic diversity hybridization nd other worrisome trends Almost A Gentleman and potential ecological disasters For some readers this will be fascinating stuff I lost interest in the bookbout halfway through I did get chuckle out of the defensive tone of the part where Kingsolver was explaining why their family isn t vegetarian Eating meat is okay s long s it s organic nd doesn t come from stockyards or other inhumane conditions Here gain I have to pplaud her family s commitment they slaughter nd prepare their own chickens nd turkeys for the dinner tableI think 350 plus pages was bit much for this story t least for my interest level in it There s Here by the Bloods a preachy didactic tone to the writing that infuses too much of the booknd got really tiresome fter while Still it has worthwhile message nd we could ll benefit from doing little better in this department And now I think I need to go find local food stand nd buy some fresh peaches nd corn on the cob I read this Then I gave it my sister then she gave it to friend Where it went from then I don t know but I Bound (Torn Trilogy, am reasonably confident that this book was of no practical use tony of usI m tempted to say that everybody is haunted by the dream of the good life when your eyes glaze. Author Barbara Kingsolver nd her family bandoned the industrial food pipeline to live rural life vowing that for one year they'd on.

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Over nd you dream of escaping trouble nd woe for better way of living but I m probably just projecting my own state of mind here Certainly though I can sympathise with the position that Barbara Kingsolver found herself in that starts this book offShe was living in some part of the USA where the population was way in excess of local water resources so the municipality had water brought in by canal which it Loyalty and Lies advised the local population was safe to drink but not safe to put intouariums This experience put the seal on Kingsolver s concerns over food miles nd the unease that comes from living in n Fortunes Flames arid environment with foodnd water brought into what was desert ecosystem rather than the population living in sustainable environment in the first place This starting point of which I m reminded whenever I see sparagus ir freighted into the UK that was grown in rid semi desert regions of Peru of realising that the logic of capitalism produces illogical nd environmentally unsustainable outcomes is something that many readers can recognise but Kingsolver s response while interesting is one that few will be ble to emulateWhat Barbara Kingsolver did was to undertake uest to live for year on food either produced by herself or sourced very locally Here we re on what could be for many common ground However what this means in practise for her is moving her family to nother state where she has large house with extensive grounds These she has landscaped using digging machines to carve out Claiming Her a system of terraces This provides land enough not only to grow vegetables butlso to raise turkeys nd money enough to pay for this s well s basic vegetables from Farmers Markets So this is very personal response not manifesto it is not suitable to become call to rms While I like what she nd her family did the lifestyle they dopt reflects their circumstances including n independent income Murder Go Round as wells How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis a nearby Farmers market that supplies basic foodstuffsThis book provides no model for the good life but nor does itspire to do so As laid out here only the Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential aspiration of living off your ownnd local produce is scalable for those without her means What saves the book is its humour best demonstrated in her ccount of the upbringing nd the sexual lives of turkeys Wellnormally I m Kingsolver fan I like the way she writes simple The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) and straight forward Her stories both longn short Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 are well done But this book just really pissed me off It s non fiction ccount of her back to the land movement with her family The book starts off well nd good She describes their reasoning for leaving Tuscon Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child and moving to farm they inherited She talks The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 about the trialsnd tribulations of trying to live off of what they can either produce themselves through farming or buy locally Each family member is only Of Mice and Men allowed one luxury item This consists of foodstuffs that can t be producedt home or bought locally It s bit over the top if you sk me but I suppose n interesting ddition to their overall movement Kingsolver makes lot of good points bout eating what s in season nd offers some handy recipes However bout mid way through the book her passion I Was Anastasia and reflections taken unfortunate turn to Choice of the Cat absolute preachiness She writess if our understanding of the food chain stops Three Cups of Deceit at our understanding of how to open bag of Doritos She proceeds. Ly buy food raised in their own neighborhood grow it themselves or learn to live without it Part memoir part journalistic investigation.

To slam vegetarians Sparrow Road apparently we do not get the concept of family farming because if we did we would eat locally raisednimals She A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston also looks down her noset those who shop t supermarkets for food pparently people who think we re doing good by purchasing organic items re really not Ditto for those who use recycled paper towels I guess her family makes their own She gets on Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World a high horsebout of The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors all things canning She maintains that us city folk could feed ourselves off the land year round if we would only can the fruitsnd vegetables we buy Yoga: The Art of Adjusting at the farmer s market in the summernd store them in our pantry Perhaps if Barbara went to real NYC partment The Neural Basis of Free Will and not just those of her publishernd editor she would realize that most of us if we re lucky have broom closet nd 2 cabinets If only I would be selfless enough to keep my clothes on my fire escape I guess what made me the maddest bout this reading experience is that I really like Kingsolver s n uthor nd was looking forward to her take on living off the land I Past Destinies also liked the premise of this particular book It reminded me of book my father in law wrote years Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 and yearsgo only this one is If Wishes Were Horses a hell of lot less funny We ll have responsibility to conserve nd be ware of our impact But her ssumption that we re ll bumbling idiots just threw me over the edge Too bad I hope her next piece is fiction I do not want to have lunch with Barbara Kingsolver I do not want to sit cross the table from this self satisfied woman nd have her gently scold me for eating imported world traveler foods like bananas I lso do not want to hear ny of her stories bout how wesome she Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day and her familyre A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 and how they wereble to eat primarily off what they could grow in their backyard plenty of fresh vegetables or buy from local farmers who re ll personal friends nyway Aren t we cool I don t want to hear ny bout how her family is doing their part to stop global warming by reducing food processing nd transportation costs The Unspeakable Mind and now theyll managed to do it without fighting Who re these people Everybody gets home from work or school nd has to go garden until dark every freaking day Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought and there s no fighting There s no salmon or packaged cookies or Cheetosnd there s still no fighting Even though some members of the family Murder at Beechwood are 17nd like 10 What I wanted most of ll was to hear the stories bout how she caught her daughter hiding Little Debbie under the bed or how her teenager was too embarrassed to bring her friends over without soda to offer them But nooooo No such humanizing details Some small bumps in the road such s when the teenager craves fresh fruit in early spring but none is in season But ha easily solved with rhubarb from the farmer s market Give me break This is cheating the readers It had to have been interesting than this But that side it Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space actually was pretty interesting She s wonderful writer Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) and much of the informationnd storytelling was totally fascinating I will be thinking Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, about this book for long time Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil and it really has inspired me to payttention to local growing seasons lthough in California I guess we re little spoiled nd do shopping t farmer s markets Alien: Sea of Sorrows and cooknd perhaps even grow my own tomatoesheirloom of course I just don t want to hang out with Barbara Kingsolver Ever Unless she s prepared to talk Journey Of Fate about what really went down. Animal Vegetable Miracle isn enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation a hundred new ways ton old truth You re what you

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist essayist and poet She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible the tale of a missionary family in the Congo