Re-nest Book Club: The Final Chapters

Re-nest Book Club: The Final Chapters

Stephanie Kinnear
Jan 22, 2008

It was fun while it lasted, but we've finally come to the end of our book. The final chapters of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle centered on the winter months of Barbara Kingsolver's local food experiment ... the hungry months.

Kingsolver's family wasn't hungry though -- she'd canned and frozen enough produce to feed a small army. We felt what she was saying, as we'd spent the morning picking through the winter offerings at our local market. We've never frozen or canned anything. That's when we read this:

If you're reading this in midwinter and that [limited access to local produce] is your situation, put the thought away. Just never mind, come back in six months. Eating locally in winter is easy. But the time to think about that would be August.

That quote seemed to illustrate two things we liked about this book. One: Kingsolver didn't really try to make us feel guilty about failing to succeed in our local food quests. Two) Her advice was often incredibly practical. Next August I might just buy 20 lbs of tomatoes and can them for the winter.

What did you like or dislike about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle?

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