Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows Barabara Kingsolver and her family through a year of eating. Her family decides that they will grow, make, or find locally everything going into their mouths or do without it. Although we learn at the end of the book that they only followed this rule for produce and poultry and not for anything made of flour, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is certainly a unique read.
Basically, everything you never needed or wanted to know about slaughtering turkeys or growing asparagus is in this book. It is interesting though. Barabara Kingsolver takes the perspective that if more people only ate locally, the world would be a much better place. Some of her ideas about the subject are really good, but I think she is a little too radical about it. Her family moves across the country to a farm in order to eat this way. They don't work, they just grow things. That is not very realistic.
One problem I had with the book was that there were so many facts and figures in it, and I caught a major one wrong. The book refers to LDL cholesterol as the good cholesterol, which is not true in the slightest. It made me wonder what else in the book was wrong, and it made me lose interest. I almost quit reading it.
At some points while reading, I even started thinking I should take up gardening, but then realized that I wouldn't eat any of it any way!
Grade: B- or C+