I’VE LEARNED SO MUCH from all of you who communicate with me here at A Garden for the House. Just last week, in the comments under Twinkie vs. Carrot , reader John C. from Indy mentioned Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a book I had not read, but felt I should. Consequently I ordered three copies — two of which are up for grabs in a random drawing. Would you like to win a copy of this inspirational work?
I think Julie Neal’s review, which appears on Amazon’s site, pretty well explains the premise of the book.
Three hundred and sixty-eight pages, no pretty pictures, and it’s about food? Yes it is, and it’s fascinating. Written by best-selling novelist Barbara Kingsolver, her scientist hubby and teenage daughter, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” chronicles the true story of the family’s adventures as they move to a farm in rural Virginia and vow to eat locally for one year. They grow their own vegetables, raise their own poultry and buy the rest of their food directly from farmers markets and other local sources. There are touching human stories here (the family’s 9-year-old learns a secret to raising chickens for food: don’t name them!) but the book’s purpose is serious food for thought: it argues the economic, social and health benefits of putting local foods at the center of a family diet.
As most of you already know, I intend to grow and preserve as much of my own food as I possibly can this summer. Maybe you are planning to do the same thing. And that’s good, because we can keep each other company. Anyway, Kingsolver’s book sounds like a healthy dose of inspiration to lead a healthier, more local life.
For a chance to win Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, just do these three very simple things:
1. Post a comment below. Tell me something you are planning to plant in your garden this summer. Be sure to include at least part of your email address at the end of your comment, so that I can quickly verify that you’ve subscribed to my newsletter.
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This drawing ends Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM. As always, I’ll use the gadget at Random.org to select a winner.
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