Sunday, 18 November 2012

What I read - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Cover of Animal, vegetable, miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
My Sunday on the sofa has paid off. I've read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and covered a year of meals, garden related toils and seasonal food in the course of a few hours.

Barbara Kingsolver was someone I always meant to read but somehow never got round to. However she'd come to top of my stuff to read list on Wunderlist and seemed ideal for a day on the sofa. By the by, I feel inclined to mention that it's a while since I read for so many hours without pause and I'd forgotten how your arms grow tired from holding the book up, and how you ignore the feeling because you must read on.

Seasonal eating, local food and growing your own are things that I've been interested in some time. I try to be mindful of seasons. I refuse to buy cucumber in December. I'm thrilled to discover stuff grown down the road. Hence in my head I was already buying the message generally speaking. The brief comments on vegan diets left me feeling uncomfortable and as if veganism (as opposed to say Paleo) had been singled out. I'm not certain the information on Calcium and Iron in such diets was correct. However I wasn't reading the book for these 2 paragraphs or so but to re-engage with seasonal food.

Just like someone designing their own exercise programme I've become a little lazy around the whole local seasonal thing. Admittedly it wasn't a great summer for foraging and allotment produce. However I notice that the occasional treat of imported or out of season produce has been increasing for me. So the book was a shove to get my thinking back on track.

It also made me think more broadly about the food I consume. Fruit and vegetables I'm generally mindful of but I have given far less thought to flour, dried fruits, pulses and seasonings. My current arrangement is to plan meals on Thursday and buy produce at the market on Friday. I think I need to start buying on Thursday so that when I menu plan I already know what resources are available.

And I enjoyed Kingsolver's writing enough that I'm moving straight onto The Poisonwood Bible.

 

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