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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Book review...

I found this book in the thrift shop a while back and now I want to buy it for everyone I know!
It will change the way you think about food; whether buying it, growing it, cooking it or eating it.
The book, takes you on a year long journey, with the author and her family moving from Arizona to
rural Appalachia where they decide to spend the entire year either growing their own food, buying it locally 
or going without .They are each allowed one thing that they can't live without.
Olive oil and coffee are on that list.
I believe I would choose chocolate. Hands down.
Month by month they come up against many challenges and become extremely educated
about the food industry both near and far.
It will inspire you to think twice when you walk into the grocery store for that pineapple in January.
By no means are they fanatical about any of it and humbly learn what it is to respect food holistically.
Barbara Kingsolver is a great writer and this 'essay' into local food is entertaining, full of wit and wisdom.

(by the way, if you haven't read any of her fictional stories, I recommend: "Prodigal Summer" "The Bean Trees" or "The Poisonwood Bible")


Sherry O'Keefe said...

you might also like her collection of essays: High Tide in Tucson. it's an earlier collection but it paves the way to this book. high tides is my all time fav!

farmlady said...

This name sounds so familiar. I will check out this book. Thanks.
... and Sherry's recommendation too.

Tatersmama said...

This is one of the best books I've ever read! It made me think, like no book has ever done before... and it's in my stack of books to bring home!