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Hang on for the ride: with characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that's better for the neighborhood and also better on the table.

Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes a passionate case for putting the kitchen back at the center of family life, and diversified farms at the center of the American diet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Charming, zestful, funny, and poetic…A serious book about important problems.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Engaging…Absorbing…Lovely food writing…[Kingsolver] succeeds at adopting the warm tone of a confiding friend.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle makes an important contribution to the chorus of voices calling for change.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A profound, graceful, and literary work…Timeless…It can change who you are.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Homespun, unassuming, informed, positive, inspiring…Unstinting in its concerns about this imperiled planet.”

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

  • “[Written] with passion and hope…This novelist paints a compelling big picture—broad and ambitious, with nary an extraneous stroke.”

    Rocky Mountain News

  • “Kingsolver dresses down the American food complex…These down-on-the-farm sections are inspiring and…compelling.”


  • “Equal parts folk wisdom and political activism…This family effort instructs as much as it entertains.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Full…of zest and sometimes ribald humor…Reading this book will make you hungry.”

    Raleigh News & Observer

  • “Provocative…Kingsolver…evokes the sheer joy of producing one’s own food.”


  • “An impassioned, sensual, smart, and witty narrative…Kingsolver is a master at leavening a serious message with humor.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “Kingsolver…adds enough texture and zest to stir wistful yearnings in all of us…[A] vicarious taste of domesticity.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “A terrific effort. The delight for readers…is the chance to experience the rediscovery of community through food.”


  • “If you’re interested in learning more about healthful eating, you’ll want to read…Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “Loaded with terrific information about everything from growth hormones to farm subsidies.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Kingsolver carries us along in her distinct and breezy prose.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “[This] is a book that, without being preachy, makes a solid case for eating locally instead of globally.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • “Other notable writers have addressed this topic, but Kingsolver claims it as her own…Self-deprecating instead of self-righteous.”

    Charlotte Observer

  • “[Kingsolver is] a master storyteller, and even those who’ve heard this tale before will be captivated.”

    Daily News

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a chronicle of food feats…I’m inclined to agree with most points Kingsolver makes.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Kingsolver, who writes evocatively about our connection to place, does so here with characteristic glowing prose. She provides the rapture.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Charming…Literary magic…If you love the narrative voice of Barbara Kingsolver, you will be thrilled.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “As satisfying and complete as a down home supper.”

    Tuscon Citizen

  • “The book is so jam-packed with information that listeners will want to take notes.”


  • “I defy anyone to read this book and walk away from it without gaining at least the desire to change.”


  • “Kingsolver elegantly chronicles a year of back-to-the-land living with her family in Appalachia…Readers frustrated with the unhealthy, artificial food chain will take heart and inspiration here.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “[Kingsolver’s] tale is both classy and disarming, substantive and entertaining, earnest and funny. Kingsolver is a moralist, but more often wry than pious.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “[Kingsolver] records in detail a year lived in sync with the season’s ebb and flow. Starting with spring’s first asparagus, summer’s chickens, and the fall’s surfeit of vegetables, Kingsolver’s family consumes what they and their farming neighbors produce. Writing with her usual sharp eye for irony, she urges readers to follow her example and reconnect with their food’s source.”


  • “Faithful, funny, and thought-provoking…Readers—whether vegetarian or carnivore—will not go hungry, literally or literarily.”


  • A 2007 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year in 2007
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Nonfiction
  • A 2008 Book Sense Book of the Year for Nonfiction
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