Novelist-turned-foodie and White Dog Cafe fan Barbara Kingsolver recently got bit by the Michael Pollan/sustainable eating bug. Her new (non-fiction) book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle documents the decision of Kingsolver and her family to withdraw from normal eating habits… and spend a whole year eating only food produced on or near their farm in Virginia. Kingsolver recently spoke to the Citypaper about why they did it and there’s a great interview in Salon about why having a massive farm helps when it comes to participating in the “Eat Local” movement:
Some of the long days we described in the book were extraordinary, rather than routine: Obviously, harvesting animals is a once-in-a-lifetime event (for them, at least), and canning tomatoes in August is kind of the gardener’s World Series. But in the day-to-day, farm work is stress relief for me. At the end of the day, I love having this other career – my anti-job – that keeps me in shape and gives me control over a vegetal domain.
Kingsolver will be speaking about her new book on Wednesday, May 2nd at the Central Library.
A year of eating locally [Salon]
Land of Plenty [Citypaper]
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle [Amazon]
Barbara Kingsolver [Free Library of Philadelphia]
White Dog Cafe [MenuPages]
White Dog Cafe [Official Site]