December Book Club: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: Inspiring a Year of Local Food & Life

Our Book Club members decided to celebrate the month of December with a beautiful treasured memoir: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver (with Steven Hopp and Camille Kingsolver).

Whether you’ve read it once already, or have yet to revel in this family’s year of food and lyrical writing, please join us to read one of Kingsolver’s most beloved books and a New York Times bestseller. It’s the perfect “cozy up for a December read” since the narrative itself traces a year of their food journey, starting in early spring.

Kingsolver writes, “Our highest shopping goal was to get our food from so close to home, we'd know the person who grew it. Often that turned out to be ourselves as we learned to produce what we needed, starting with dirt, seeds, and enough knowledge to muddle through. Or starting with baby animals, and enough sense to refrain from naming them."

The New York Times said this upon the book’s release in 2007: “There are many ways for a writer to tell you to eat your vegetables: earnestly, humorously, scientifically, self-righteously, instructively or so voluptuously that the page practically reeks of fertilizer. Barbara Kingsolver’s way is both folksy and smart. While she is cogent and illuminating about serious matters of nutrition, Ms. Kingsolver also finds ways to convey what it’s like to be showered with friends’ plants as birthday gifts, regard a full supply of potatoes as ‘homeland security,’ and fend off the amorous attention of a lovesick turkey hen.”

Please join us to discuss Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (Harper Perennial, 2007) on Sunday, January 3 (to accommodate holiday travel), from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Co-op Cafe. Email if you’d like to receive email reminders about the Good Food Book Club.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is available through your local library. If you are interested in buying the book, check out the area’s local used bookstores or visit BookPeople of Moscow where Book Club members receive a discount. For more information about the Good Food Book Club, check out the Outreach section of the Co-op website at