Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle describes a year spent in rural life by Barbara Kingsolver and her family. In this year, they only feed on their own products and local products. This is a book different from the romantic story of an ordinary city to village migration. You will think about the relationship we have with food while being conscious of ecology and nutrition.


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a book about how to live in the countryside with all its nakedness. Of course, there are differences between the American countryside and other countries’ countryside. But I’m sure the issue of consuming what you grow will lead to the same pleasure and problems everywhere.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver

The book also includes the writings of Kingsolver’s husband and her eldest daughter. Her husband is an academician who teaches environmental studies. On the other hand, her elder daughter was a university student who enjoyed cooking. So it was delightful to read their contributions. The author also has a little daughter, which I think she managed the hardest thing: caring for chickens and egg production.

If you’ve never thought about how certain foods are available in your country, you have to read this book. You’ll enjoy this book if you’re wondering about growing turkeys and chickens and you want to produce your own food. Enjoy!

About the book: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

“As the U.S. population made an unprecedented mad dash for the Sun Belt, one carload of us paddled against the tide, heading for the Promised Land where water falls from the sky and green stuff grows all around. We were about to begin the adventure of realigning our lives with our food chain. 

“Naturally, our first stop was to buy junk food and fossil fuel.”

Hang on for the ride: With characteristic poetry and pluck, Barbara Kingsolver and her family sweep readers along on their journey away from the industrial-food pipeline to a rural life in which they vow to buy only food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Their good-humored search yields surprising discoveries about turkey sex life and overly zealous zucchini plants, en route to a food culture that’s better for the neighborhood and also better on the table. Part memoir, 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. 

“This is the story of a year in which we made every attempt to feed ourselves animals and vegetables whose provenance we really knew . . . and of how our family was changed by our first year of deliberately eating food produced from the same place where we worked, went to school, loved our neighbors, drank the water, and breathed the air.”


About the author: Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver

Reading this book contributed to these challenges: 

Reading Challenge 2019 – The Year of Women Writers

A Non-Fiction a Month

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