Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life
Just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, and what a wonderful book it is. Her account of going back to the land, raising her own food on a farm in the mountains of western Virginia, is entertaining, informative and most of all inspiring. Though I must admit that I'll likely never go as far as Kingsolver and her family did, instead the inspiration for me is greater awareness of what I eat, where it comes from, and what cost it imposes on the natural world and our economic system. Thanks to this book, though I'll never become completely self-sustaining, I'll grow some of my own food (we've already started this year, with our first vegetable garden and berry patch), frequent local farmer's markets more often and with greater enthusiasm, question the wisdom of eating food imported from the other side of the world, and in general always think about how my own seemingly minor actions impact our fragile planet.