Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

By Barbara Kingsolver
Star Rating

Rated by Marty J.
Jun 2, 2015

I loved this non-fiction book, written by one of my favorite fiction authors, Barbara Kingsolver.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle details one year in which the author's family ate only animals and produce which they had either raised/grown themselves, or which they could purchase from local sources. (Local was defined as anything within a 60 mile radius of their home in Virginia. So, for example, since citrus fruits are not grown within that radius, the family did without citrus for that year.)  I found the whole process which  they went through to be so interesting - deciding what they were going

Hungry for Change (DVD)

Rated by Helen H.
Jan 13, 2013

Hungry for Change is not a how-to diet film. It’s a documentary melding many of the world’s leading nutritionists’ ideas about ditching the diet and getting healthy from the inside out. Using interviews of cancer survivors, formerly obese people who are now super-healthy, doctors, and nutritionists, Hungry for Change explains how our modern food industry is designed to prevent health and well-being. A must-see for anyone who is sick of being sick, but doesn’t know what to do about it.

(Editor's note:  This review is of the DVD but this title is also available in print and ebook versions.)

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn

Rated by Library Staff (not verified)
May 26, 2012

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School chronicles a project inspired by a supermarket encounter, which turned into an epiphany: Cooking has become a spectator sport of Cooking Channel watching.

At the grocery store Flinn struck up a conversation with a woman loading up a basket full of processed food.  Flinn spent time cruising the aisles of the store with the woman and convinced her to put the packaged food back on the shelf and to try cooking with real food. The shopper later became a part of a group of nine women and a year-long project; teaching them cooking skills and how to make informed

Full Moon Feast by Jessica Prentice

Rated by Library Staff (not verified)
Nov 4, 2010

Full Moon Feast by Jessica PrenticeFull Moon Feast by Jessica Prentice (I discovered after I wrote this entry that it is not in the JCL catalog, but is readily available Interlibrary Loan.)

Author Jessica Prentice is a professional chef and food activist, co-founder of Locavores and a founding worker-owner of Three Stoner Hearth: A Community Supported Kitchen in West Berkeley. Her website

Full Moon Feast takes us through 13 moons – Hunger Moon, Sap Moon, Egg Moon, Milk Moon, Moon of Making Fat, Mead Moon, Wort Moon, Corn Moon, Moon When Salmon Return to Earth, Blood Moon, Snow Moon, Moon of Long Nights

Sep 10, 2010

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim BarnouinThis is not a title that I would have just picked off the shelf to read. Instead, an acquaintence mentioned that it was Skinny Bitch that inspired her to begin eating in a more healthy way. The authors are two former models who live in Los Angeles. One of them has a degree in Holistic Nutrition, the other describes herself as a "self taught know-it-all." The subtitle of the book - "A no-nonsense tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous" - provides only a hint of the "attitude" that the reader will encounter. The authors proceed to spout their