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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (58,912 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Kingsolver Narrator: Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment. They find themselves eager to move away from the typical food scenario of American families: a refrigerator packed with processed, factory-farmed foods transported long distances using nonrenewable fuels. In their search for another way to eat and live, they begin to recover what Kingsolver considers our nation's lost appreciation for farms and the natural processes of food production. Americans spend less of their income on food than has any culture in the history of the world, but they pay dearly in other ways: losing the flavors, diversity, and creative food cultures of earlier times. The environmental costs are also high, and the nutritional sacrifice is undeniable: on our modern industrial food supply, Americans are now raising the first generation of children to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Part memoir and 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jennifer Wilson | 2/17/2014

    " Maybe it was me reading this book after reading lots of food-power manifestos, but I didn't feel like it was nearly as rich in story and beauty as her others before it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laurel | 2/12/2014

    " This book, as well as others, have me thinking about how I purchase and eat food. I'm hoping to cut a lot more processed food out of my family's diet as well as eat more local products. It's tough but I figure even a little bit of change can make a difference "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Suzanne LaVenture | 2/6/2014

    " Kingsolver is an excellent evangelist for the local food movement. She convinced me of the truth and beauty of her position. I am tempted to give this book 5 stars because I have no doubt it has forever altered the way I think about what I eat. I also learned how ignorant I was about vegetables! And it certainly is a miracle that for several minutes she had me seriously contemplating making my own cheese. On the flip side, there were parts that were too draggily didactic. I faded for a while in the middle. However, I perked right up for the excellently instructive and hilarious chapter about turkey sex. In the end, she cleverly convinced me that small changes were indeed an adequate response to this book (I might as well become flat out Amish if I were to completely embrace this lifestyle). So maybe I'm not a full-fledged convert, but I'm definitely paying more attention to what I eat and from whence it comes. Amen and pass the local produce. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lynn | 1/28/2014

    " Not wild about the subject matter, but Kingsolver never disappoints with her masterful craftsmanship. "

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