Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver (2008; first published in 2007)
By inviting readers to follow her and her family during a year of local eating in Southwestern Virginia, Barbara Kingsolver broadens her reach, encouraging all of us to reexamine our own relationships with home and food. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a lovely, funny, wise, and needed book.
We set out upon a journey. It seemed so ordinary on the face of things, to try to do what nearly all people used to do without a second thought. But the trip surprised us many times, because of all the ways a landscape can enter one’s physical being. Like most of the other top-heavy hominids walking around in shoes, failing to notice the forest for the mashed trees reincarnated as our newspapers and such, I’d nearly forgotten the truest of all truths: we are what we eat. – from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: a Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver