I know I've been posting a lot about Crunchy's Eco-Throwdown Challenge and it looks to the outside world like I'm totally ignoring Green Bean's Bookworm Challenge, but I assure you I am not. I have been savoring my latest library find: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle for over a week now.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Barbara Kingsolver has written an engaging story about her family's relocation to a farm in Southwest Virginia where they take on the daunting challenge of eating locally for one year. Barbara's writing style is very informal and the book is full of dry humor, which I tend to like. The book itself is part autobiography / part textbook and wholly entertaining. The mental picture of a "Vegetannual" is something that will stick with me the rest of my life. Or at least until next week - I'm old, I have memory issues.
It's a great read for me right now, as I am trying to migrate our eating habits toward a more regional, seasonal diet. The thrill of sourcing out a new pasture-raising beef farm nearby or picking up my weekly CSA bounty is a new kind of excitement for me. I take great pleasure in seeking out local bakeries, cheese makers and flour mills. Sometimes I'm successful, other times I'm not. Occasionally, the find just falls in my lap by surprise. However it happens, though, it is always a welcome surprise to discover a hidden food source right in your own backyard.
Anyhow, back to the book. I'm a little more than halfway through, but I'm taking my time with reading, hoping to digest as much as possible before I have to return it from whence it came. I'm also taking from it some great ideas, websites and recipes that I'm planning on jotting down somewhere for future reference.
You may have noticed my posts so far this month have been a little shorter. They are lacking in their calculations and difficulty ratings. But this affords me lots of extra time to stick my nose in the book and be transported to Barbara's homestead, where she teaches me about, for lack of a better word, local foodology. A subject I'm beginning to think should be taught in every grade school, high school, home school and college throughout the US.