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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, novelist Barbara Kingsolver, her husband, and two daughters moved from Tucson to their farm in Virginia. They decided to be "locavores;" they'd only consume food grown on their farm or within their neighborhood for one year. Each was allowed one indulgence outside of this restriction (coffee, chocolate, dried fruit and spices). Their spent their year reconnecting with the land and the cycles of nature. Barbara Kingsolver (along with side notes from her husband and daughter) reflects on their year of farming, gardening, and rediscovering a healthier diet and lifestyle. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has received mostly positive reviews with the Boston Globe saying, "More so than even the best cookbooks, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes you want to go out and eat: to cook and garden and think, and to live a passionate and sensate life. My great fear in reviewing this book is that I might make it sound like the treatise of a hokey earth mother and do-gooder, rather than a profound, graceful, and literary work of philosophy and economics, well tempered for our times, and yet timeless."