Bonnie is an avid reader and my go-to source for book recommendations. If it’s been written, Bonnie has read it. She has an eerily encyclopedic memory and can summarize all the books she’s ever read! We often chat about books and I always walk away feeling enlightened and inspired. She is a really great friend to have.
I would like to share Bonnie’s talent for literary referral with you, dear reader. Every so often I’ll offer a post called “Bonnie’s Booklist” and reveal another of her fantastic selections.
The first book Bonnie usually recommends is Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. That’s because this is the book that forged a new direction for Bonnie and her family. “[The book] was life altering because it’s when we decided to change the way we were eating and making food.” But Bonnie and her family didn’t just change the way they ate, they also changed the way they lived, moving away from the city and settling on an acreage just north of town. Everything her family eats is made right there in her kitchen, including bread, cheese and sometimes yogurt.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is about a year of eating locally. Author Barbara Kingsolver vows that her family will only consume what they can grow on their Virginia farm or acquire locally. For one year they learn to do without a lot of things; no fresh fruit in the wintertime (although in April there is some tasty rhubarb), no asparagus in September and no salad in January. Like Bonnie, they make their own bread and cheese. They raise and butcher their own turkeys and chickens. And interspersed between stories of cheesemaking classes and turkey toms are delicious seasonal recipes by daughter, Camille and essays on how to act as a steward for our green earth by husband, Steven Hopp. They plant their roots deep and live a life of deep connection to the place they call home and the seasons that determine what they can grow and eat.
Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat. Book Jacket
“A lot of people know The 100 Mile Diet but that [book] is a little preachy. But Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is anecdotal. A really enjoyable read.” Bonnie gushes then declares that Barbara Kingsolver “is one of [her] favorite authors.”