Devouring “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”

I know, I know, I KNOW! Most of you are way ahead of me here. But what can I say? I have a stack of books to read that resembles the Leaning Tower, I kid you not. You know that tee shirt: So many books, so little time? I am all over that.

Anyway, I started Barbara Kingsolver’s new book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle last night and made it as far as page 6 and didn’t put it down – it fell on my face when I fell asleep. I want to take a magic marker and highlight something on every single page, sometimes two or three comments on every single page. I LOVED The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, etc, but I think this is her best work yet. I believe its because she is writing in her own voice, telling a personal story, and it comes through, direct and clear, often glib, yet matter of fact. I appreciate that.

Again, I am just getting started, but this strikes me as the perfect companion book to Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dillema and should scare the crap out of folks. I love it when she refers to the Farm Bill as the Farm Kill, and the book was copyrighted in 2005. Aren’t we in the same damn boat this year?

Also on the reading table: Pollan’s new “In Defense of Food,” and “Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally,” by Alisa Smith and J.B. Mackinnon.

The crowd is getting louder about eating locally. TV programmers are listening. Already folks are raving about Jamie Oliver at Home, the cutie pie Brit cook and restauranteur dishes from his potager all fresh and colorful like. Here’s a little You Tube preview for your viewing pleasure, click right here.<>. In the Boise viewing area, you can catch the show starting Saturday morning at 10:30 am on the Food Network.

Look for more grooviness in the world of vegetable gardening at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. You heard it here first (or tenth, but you heard it/read it), veggie gardening rocks. To borrow a little hippie phrase from the 60’s and 70’s: “……dude, grow your own”.