Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Post by Lausten » Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:54 pm

Don't let the "Miracle" in the title throw you. Barbara Kingsolver holds a degree in evolutionary biology, and she uses it well in this book. Much of the book is about family and her role as a mother, but she does not forget her education when her youngest starts to ask questions about chickens and eggs. She makes two stabs at people who believe in a 6,000 year old universe early on. I thought it might be a theme, but she moves on to stories about life on a family farm. There is a long and sometimes hilarious section on how we have bred the sex drive out of turkeys and how she tries to re-awakening their instincts.

If you have thought at all about eating organically or eating locally, you will like this book. I listened to it on audio, read by the authors, Barbara, her husband and oldest daughter, which made it doubly good. That also included a short interview at the end. If you have not thought about eating locally, or have thought about it and decided it is bunk, give this one a try anyway, at least you will get a few good recipes out of it. She does not take a fundamentalist approach to anti-corporate, anti-chemical thinking, she is very pragmatic, making her food choices based on what is good for her family, and what will be good for her grandchildren.

I am amazed at how moved I can be by what is essentially a documentary. Many people have done a variety of locavore experiments and reported on them. It is great to have a storyteller like Barbara Kingsolver having a go at it. As she notes, in less than a generation, the culture of food has changed drastically, from a time when lettuce in January was a luxury for most Americans, to a time when it is expected to be there on our fast food burgers. Her book is part of changing to a more sensible culture.
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Re: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Post by Gord » Sat Oct 16, 2010 12:20 am

Lausten wrote:...her youngest starts to ask questions about chickens and eggs....
The egg came first.
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Re: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Post by vanderpoel » Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:37 pm

Gord wrote:
Lausten wrote:...her youngest starts to ask questions about chickens and eggs....
The egg came first.
Before that there was the headegg.
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Re: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Post by nmblum88 » Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:12 am

vanderpoel wrote:
Gord wrote:
Lausten wrote:...her youngest starts to ask questions about chickens and eggs....
The egg came first.
Before that there was the headegg.[/quote

Hey....... that's quite awesomely clever....


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