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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows a year in the life of Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna, Barbara Kingsolver, as she and her family try to eat local food, grow their own vegetables, and reduce their eco footprint.

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We wanted to live in a place that could feed us: where rain falls, crops grow, and drinking water bubbles up right out of the ground.”

Barbara Kingsolver opens her home to us, as she and her family attempt a year of eating only local food, much of it from their own garden. Inspired by the flavours and culinary arts of a local food culture, they explore many a farmers market and diversified organic farms at home and across the country. With characteristic warmth, Kingsolver shows us how to put food back at the centre of the political and family agenda. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is part memoir, part journalistic investigation, and is full of original recipes that celebrate healthy eating, sustainability and the pleasures of good food.

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A beautifully written plea for a return to authenticity in eating and food production.

Irish Times
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Living off the land, and writing about it isn;t radical idea, but novelist Barbara Kigsolver gives old receipe a pleasurably folksy spin.

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Warm and often hilarious.

Daily Telegraph
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Like the best meals, this is a family affair, with contributions from Kingsolver's husband and elder daughter. But it's younger daughter Lily who steals the show.

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Kingsolver returns again and again to subjects such as food miles and the use of pesticides, and on these occasions her folksy humour turns into something much more polemical.

Sunday Times
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This is a rich rewarding book.

The Times

Barbara Kingsolver’s books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards, including the Women’s Prize for Fiction, awarded to The Lacuna; Flight Behaviour was also shortlisted. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal, her country’s highest honour for service through the arts.…

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