Green Read: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Green Read: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Janel Laban
Sep 12, 2007

We like reading about food; the cooking of it and the eating of it. We're about halfway through Heat by Bill Buford and have enjoyed every page. Next up for us: Barbara Kingslover's new book; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

We heard about it on Sew Green, and were immediately intrigued. Especially when we read this self-deprecating and humorous beginning:

"As the U.S. population made a statistical mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us jumped off that ship and headed for the promised land, where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. Our family was about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain.

Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel."

This non-fiction account tells the story of the families' year of eating close to home:

"This is the 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."

A green way to go that sometimes seems insurmountably tough to pull off - we're hoping for ideas and inspirations to help our own family eat greener more often.

If you've read it, or plan to , let us know in the comments...

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