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The Sunday Salon #15: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

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I am very slow with completing books this semester  SUMMER, so I thought that it would be fun to have a progress report of my reading.  This is an online reading group where all the participants set aside time to read every Sunday and blog about the experience.

I missed a few Sunday Salon posts because I was in India, but during my trip I finished reading She's Come Undone.  Towards the end of my trip, I started reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver which I continued today.  For those who do not know, AVM chronicles a family's quest to eat locally for year.  The twist is that the family is also trying to grow most of their own food. 

At first glance, the objective of eating completely local food seems far fetched.  Sprinkled throughout the book are tidbits about how to make eating more local food a part of your daily routine. Steven Hopp, one of Kingsolver's co-authors, provides resources for more information about various aspects of food production and consumption.  Camille Kingsolver, the other co-author, gives a younger person's perspective and provides recipes. Her pieces are actually my favorite because she provides a meal plan and recipes that incorporate a lot of ingredients.  On the website, the recipes are actually organized by season which makes it easier to figure out what food items are in season if you are not growing your own food or a person who visits farmers markets on a regular basis.

This book is a selection for two book clubs in which I am participating in, one online at Inside Cover and one in-person in Atlanta.

Posted on Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 10:09PM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments8 Comments

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My IRL book group is reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle this month too. I'm a little scared to read it, actually. The last time I read a book about food and diet (The China Study) I ended up forcing my family to go vegan for a year.
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
The family in this book eats meat, but I found myself not buying cherry tomatoes at the grocery store because they came from out of state! This morning, I read a passage about vegetarian and vegan eating habits that made me feel flustered.
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
I've been wanting to read this book but I find it daunting for some reason - thanks for the great review!

Incidentally, funnily enough, I'm Indian and am getting married in a month (not in India though) and I found your wedding comments very interesting!
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterS. Krishna
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Where are you getting married? I hope that all my own wedding activity goes smoothly.
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
I forgot about the seasonality thing when I reviewed this. I found it really difficult to picture in my mind what is in season when. To me this showed how far removed I am from an actual local diet. I only know when tomatoes come in season because that's pretty much all I know how to grow at the moment.

Best of luck with the rest of the book!
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
I do not know how to grow anything (yet) Becca, so I am even more far removed than you. I am hoping to finish this book soon and start thinking about what I am going to make for the in-person book club discussion.
June 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma
I'm a fan of Kingsolver, but have not read AVM, although it is on my TBR list. Personally, I got sick eating out again yesterday. I get so tired of worrying about food handling and food growers. Locally or not, I think I need to just grow my own food. LOL
July 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterwisteria
That would be a good plan; if only it were feasible to all.
July 6, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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