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Must Read: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

I'm currently sitting in the Sacramento Airport waiting for my flight to Phoenix.  I'm attending an national advisory board meeting this weekend for a acne treatment medication (for those of you who don't know, I also write for About.com's Acne site.

My morning flight was canceled, but luckily they were able to get me on a later flight.  I won't be getting in to Phoenix until later this evening, and will be missing the afternoon session of the meeting.  Big bummer.  But, it sure gave me plenty of time to catch up on some reading.

I've been  dying to read Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle since it was published in 2007.  I spied it on the shelves of my library a few weeks ago and checked it out, not sure I would even find the time to read it before it was due back.

I've gotten through a good amount of it today and I'm enthralled.  Barbara Kingsolver (who also wrote books like The Poisonwood Bible) writes about the year her family decided to eat only food found in their local area or grown themselves.  I grow a lot of my family's food, and although we don't completely avoid processed foods, we more often than not eat fresh and homemade.  I feel I'm at least cognizant of the issues with the food industry we have in this country.  But still, it's been an huge eye-opener to me.

In fact, I'll go so far as to say it's one of those life-changers for me (and I haven't even finished it yet.  By the time I actually get to Phoenix, I might though.)

If you are at all interested in what you eat, I highly recommend this one.  I saw glimpses of my family in Ms. Kingsolver's (her chicken-raising daughter especially reminds me of my little girl) and, more importantly, I am inspired to continue on the path I'm on.

Gotta go.  I've got to find out about the mammoth tomatoes in chapter 8!

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