Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2007) is a non-fiction book by Barbara Kingsolver detailing her family’s attempt to eat only locally grown food for an entire year.

The book revolves around the concept of Improving the family’s diet by eating only foods That Was her family to grow reliably Themselves gold obtenir locally (save for grains and olive oil). Kingsolver, along with her husband and daughters, start a farm in Virginia, where they grow and can eat different types of tomatoes . The book contrasts this with the ecological costs of growing food in factory farms , it Transporting Thousands of miles, and Adding chemical preservatives so it will not spoil. [1] [2]

An excerpt was published in the May / June 2007 issue of Mother Jones magazine, and is available online. [3] There are also audio files of a May 16, 2007 discussion between Kingsolver and her husband at an hour-long presentation at a bookstore in Corte Madera, California . [4]

Critical reception

Time magazine’s Lev Grossman named it one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007, ranking it at # 7. [5] Rick Bass wrote in The Boston Globe that „this text will fold quietly into the reader’s consciousness, with touch grace and dignity, because of its prose and sensibilities.“ [2] and that „Kingsolver is no pious soapboxer, but instead explores these ideas with enthusiasm and the awe of discovery.“ [2]

See also

  • locavore
  • Local food


  1. Jump up^ Kehe, Marjorie (May 8, 2007). „A Year of Eating Locally in ‚Animal, Vegetable, Miracle ‚ “ . Christian Science Monitor . Retrieved 2009-09-05 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:c Bass, Rick (May 20, 2007). „The Constant Gardener“ . Boston Globe . Retrieved 2009-09-05 .
  3. Jump up^ Excerpt of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life at
  4. Jump up^ „Barbara Kingsolver’s“ Animal, Vegetable, Miracle “ “ . Global Public Media. May 16, 2007 . Retrieved 2009-09-05 .
  5. Jump up^ Grossman, Lev; Top 10 Nonfiction Books;