I just finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver.
I loved reading this description of how one family decided to grow as much of their own food as they could and only purchase what they could find in their own county for one year. They moved from Arizona to Virginia onto 40 acres in Appalachia. It is a month by month chronicle of what they ate and includes recipes. It also veers into the political and social ramifications for eating locally instead of purchasing food that is shipped thousands of miles away.
Barbara Kingsolver who went to grad school studying evolutionary biology inserts her belief in evolution frequently throughout the text. If only she gave credit to God for the wonderful things she finds in creation instead of millions of years of natural selection I would be able to fully endorse this book.
I enjoyed her descriptions of participating in the production of their own food and putting it up for future consumption (sounds a lot like investment cooking to me 8) ). Reading this book made me long for our own country space where we could have a large garden, raise chickens and maybe even a cow. It also made me miss our farmer. We really enjoyed knowing where our food came from and supporting a local farmer before they moved. I really need to find a new farmer!
I would give this book a 4 out of 5 stars.