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An insightful read

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An insightful read

I had put the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, on hold at the library when I first read about it, and it finally arrived the other week. I must say, I'm enjoying the book thoroughly. I've never read a book by Kingsolver, but have always heard such great things about her novels. This book differs from her others, as it's a nonfiction narrative, but the language and stories are written beautifully. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is about the Kingsolver family's move from city life to rural life ... and their vow to only buy food that is raised or grown by their neighbours or themselves. If someone in the family craves something that is out of season, it's tough luck, they have to learn to live without. In her book, Kingsolver puts great emphasis on the importance of the kitchen table as a place where the family can come together. Whether because of cooking or preserving an in-season ingredient, lamenting over the food they can no longer enjoy (due to their vow) or to sit down and enjoy the fruits of their labour – the kitchen table truly is the centre of the family. The book also includes passages written by Kingsolver's daughter, Camille. They offer insightful tidbits and tips about a certain ingredient, among other things. There are also ample recipes to add to your cooking regimen. My favourite part of the book is when Kingsolver talks about making her own cheese. I can't believe how simple she makes it sound. I'm honestly intending to give it a go, with her guidance, of course. I can't imagine have homemade cheese!! I'll keep you posted. I highly recommend this read to anyone who cares about where we get our food and anyone who loves food ... or simply someone who is looking for a great, insightful read. Has anyone read this book? Has anyone made homemade cheese? Fill me in! Speaking of books, we have a contest running on our forums right now. Visit our forums to find out how you can win a new novel.
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