Monday, March 31, 2008
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I'm obsessed with this book. I go to bed saying "I freaking love this book. Oh, man. I'm already too late in planting peas for the season. I wonder where I can get organic tomato seeds" And then..."Oh, yeah, I have a 75% shade yard. MAN!"
It's the most well written, food loving, life enhancing book I've read. I already really loved Barbara Kingsolver--I practically wanted to crawl into the Poisonwood Bible--but this book is a REAL book about living your life in a REAL way.
Not in a non-sustainable way. It's pretty simple really: do you know where your food comes from? Do you know how many gallons of gas it takes to bring you a tomato that has been bred to be square so it packs better in it's boxes from Chile? Anyone will tell you that I am NOT an organic food snob. I really thought most of that was really ridiculous. Shona is probably laughing out loud while reading this post.
I'm a midwestern girl from a land of corn and soybeans. The culture of farming runs deep in my family, which is why this book hits home. Why do we not support our local grower? Family farms are folding left and right, and here we sit buying el cheapo strawberries out of season from halfway around the world.
And I should stress again: It is a true joy to read. Barbara Kingsolver talks about food in the most delicious way. It makes me, the biggest veggie hater imaginable, want to go out and plant an acre of heirloom tomatoes.