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UFPPC ( Digging (Dig! Dig! Dig! And your muscles will grow big” —John Raeburn [p.

250]) Deeper LXXX April 27, 2009,

7:00 p.m.
Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of
Food Life (New York: Harper Perennial, January 2008; original edition May 2007).
[Themes: While eating locally for a year is this Ch. 7: Gratitude: May. Southern manners forbid
book’s explicit “locavore” theme, the following saying “thank you” for a plant (100-01). A birthday
sentences indicate many of its larger concerns: “In so party (101-07).
many ways, disaster makes you take stock. For me it
had inspired powerful cravings about living within our Ch. 8: Growing Trust: Mid-June. June as a period
means. I wasn’t thinking so much of my household of calm in the farming cycle; thoughts on farming
budget or the national one but the big budget, the one (111-18). Gardening in New England (118-21). B.K.
that involves consuming approximately the same favors local-grown over organic food (121-23).
things we produce” (234). “Food is not a product but
a process, and it never sleeps” (270).] Ch. 9: Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
Thoughts on time (125-30). “Cooking is the great
Ch. 1: Called Home. Leaving Arizona to take up divide between good eating and bad” (129).
full-time residence in North Carolina (1-7). Arrival at “[C]ooking is good citizenship” (130). The
the farm (7-8). Our “drift away from our agricultural excitement of making food—in this case, cheese (130-
roots”; “We’re a nation with an eating disorder” (13; 41).
18; 8-20). A movement is underway in the U.S. to
restore a “genuine food culture” (20). The Ch. 10: Eating Neighborly: Late June. The Farmers
Kingsolver-Hopp family decides to take a year’s Diner in central Vermont [Barre, VT] serves only
sabbatical from “industrial foods” and “the food grown within an hour away (148-53).
agribusiness supply line” (22; 21-22).
Ch. 11: Slow Food Nations: Late June. Québec;
Ch. 2: Waiting for Asparagus: Late March. When B.K. uses her French (154-58). David and Elsie’s
to begin (23-24). Asparagus (24-29). Americans no Amish dairy farm in Ohio (159-69). Camille
longer know how to wait for the quality experience promotes organic food (170-72)
(29-32). The rule: local produce only; each person is .
allowed one exception (32-36). Saturday morning at Ch. 12: Zucchini Larceny: July. Weeding (173-74).
the farmer’s market (36-39). Early vegetable harvest (174-79). The chickens and
turkeys (180-85). Zucchini (185-89). Camille on
Ch. 3: Springing Forward. How our food lost its summer cooking; cherry sorbet (190-95).
taste; in praise of vegetables (43-62).
Ch. 13: Life in a Red State: August. Keeping a
Ch. 4: Stalking the Vegetannual. Imagining “a gardening journal (196-97). Big tomato harvest (198-
season of foods unfolding as if from one single 202). Appalachia’s Harvest Collective, a packing
plant. . . . We’ll call it a vegetannual”; the point being house (202-05). Uneasy rural-urban relations (205-
that any part of a plant can become a food (63-65). 10). Supermarkets imply obliviousness to the
Americans are now used to eating out of season (65- spirituality of food (210-11). Camille on tomato
69). recipes (212-18).

Ch. 5: Molly Mooching: April. The Sanford Webb Ch. 14: You Can’t Run Away on Harvest Day:
farm (70-72). Choosing crops; tobacco farming (73- September. Harvest day (219-20; this is 2005:
77). Woodland plants (a Molly mooch is a morel) mention of Katrina, 234). Rejection of veganism;
(77-80). Planting (80-82). what B.K. really hates are CAFOs (concentrated
animal feeding operations): “To believe we can live
Ch. 6: The Birds and the Bees. B.K.’s massive without taking life is delusional” (221; 220-37).
amounts of fan mail (86-87). Bees and chickens in the Camille’s reflections on eating meat (238-41).
mail (87-88). Lily raises chickens; B.K. raises turkeys
(88-99). Ch. 15: Where Fish Wear Crowns: September. A
tourist in Italy, B.K. continues to think about her
garden (242-43). Hopp’s maternal grandparents were
Italian; Italians love food (243-53). Agriturismo:
guest accommodation of an Italian working family farmers in developing countries much (66-67). Small
farm (253-58). farms are more efficient; marketing is their problem
(76). Conventional food is not cheaper when
Ch. 16: Smashing Pumpkins: October. Cooking subsidies and externalities are calculated (117). Plea
pumpkins for a Thanksgiving celebrated a month early to consumers to speak up about local food (152).
(259-64). Root crops, esp. potatoes and garlic (264- Chemicals are not the right approach to pests (164-
70). Autumn and ritual (270-71). Camille on potatoes 65). Any yard can have a garden (180-81). Small
(272-76). diversified farms are not helped by the Federal Farm
Bill (206-07). Mad cow disease (230-31). The local
Ch. 17: Celebration Days: November-December. food movement internationally (250). Fair trade (262-
Lily’s “egg enterprise” (277-80). American holiday 63). Making bread with a bread machine (286-87).
food traditions (280-84). Boxing Day, Dia de los Fighting junk food and promoting healthy food locally
Muertos; hints her family is not Christian (284-91). through legislation (324-25). “Golden rice” debunked
(338-39). How to figure out if food is local (348-49).
Ch. 18: What Do You Eat in January? There’s not
enough about farming in our newspapers and in our P.S. Insights, Interviews, & More.. About the
educational system (296-98). Freezing, baking, Authors. Camille Kingsolver born 1987 in Tucson;
canning (298-302). Food security and a widespread student at Duke (2). Steven Hopp grew up in western
sense of impending disaster (303-05). Valuing the Iowa and has a Ph.D. in animal behavior from Indiana
year’s work (305-08). In January, they’re eating Univ. (2-3). Barbara Kingsolver was raised in rural
“everything,” but planning for this in August was Kentucky. She has an undergraduate and master’s
necessary (308-09). Camille on not eating bananas degrees in biology (DePauw; U. of Arizona). Her first
(310-13). novel, The Bean Trees, was published in 1987. She
has produced seven more volumes of fiction, as well
Ch. 19: Hungry Month: February-March. Aging as several volumes of nonfiction. In 2000 she was
friends (315-16). Turkey sex in a comic mode; awarded the National Humanities Medal (3-5). “The
incubating eggs (316-31). Camille admits she was in Blessings of Dirty Work,” Washington Post (Sept.
college half of this year (332-33). 30, 2007). Reflections on the decline in agriculture’s
prestige (6-11). Blurb for The Poisonwood Bible
Ch. 20: Time Begins. An invitation to read the book (12-13). Half-page blurbs for four other books (15-
symbolically (334-35). Reflections on the year, 16). Blurbs for three more books (17).
during which eating locally became a movement (335-
43). “The cure” to our predicament “involves [Additional notes and remarks. Barbara Kingsolver
reaching down into ourselves and pulling out a new was born on Apr. 8, 1955; her father was a physician;
kind of person”; we don’t know how to do it, but not she spent some time in Africa as a child. — She
to attempt it would be “child abuse” (345; 344-46). attended college on a music scholarship (piano). —
Lily’s chicks hatch (347-52). A website for the book exists at and a professional
Acknowledgments. “Everything we’ve said here, indexer has made a subject index available there.
Wendell [Berry] said first, in a quiet voice that makes Style involves interweaving “we,” “I,” and “you”; she
the mountains tremble” (353; but B.K. lists only one is chatty yet remote; her style is formal but
of Berry’s books). incorporates many colloquialisms and is studiedly
unpretentious; she talks a lot about her feelings, but in
References. 3 pp. Only books. a detached way (on p. 102, B.K. doesn’t tell us it’s her
50th birthday she’s talking about, though Camille says
Organizations. 5 pp. so on p. 108). — Characterization is rather odd;
characters, including B.K., never really emerge at all;
Sidebar Resources. 7 pp. Related to Hopp’s the family’s privacy is protected. — Her evasiveness
contributions, which are not listed anywhere in the may have to do with marketing her material in an
book, but are listed here: Agriculture accounts for American culture of that is hostile to many of her
17% of oil (5). Industrial farming is inefficient (18- values (it is easy to find denunciations of her work as
19). How to find a farmers’ market (37). Genetically anti-American, anti-Christian, anti-capitalist, anti-
modified foods, proprietary rights, and labeling (50- imperialist, eco-feminist, etc.), though she claims that
51). An argument that buying locally doesn’t hurt “I've never spent 10 seconds thinking about success—
20 years ago, or now.” — In this book, despite its of war, corporate crime, and science writers who can’t
highly political theme, she avoids politics almost understand the difference between correlation and
entirely (though on p. 297 we read: “I am sick to death causation”).]