You may have noticed recently that I'm part of an online book-club. We read books and then write an essay inspired by the book; since the conception of C this has basically been the only thing I've blogged about at all. (Sigh)
Our current book is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. I was so excited when this book was announced because no less than a million people have strongly suggested I read it in the past few years. I picked it up and set it back down after just a few chapters...and went to fetch my husband. I knew this book would (once again) change the way I looked at feeding my family and I didn't want to change alone. We're reading it together now, and loving her insights, adventures, ideas, and fantastic writing.
But this is meant to be an inspired essay, not a review.
Now I'm left with a problem - what one thing to write about? Shall I continue the musings I began years ago? Should I tell you about our garden? About my farming friend who's eggs we love buying? About my conundrum with organic vs local vs whole foods (not the grocery store) vs good animal treatment vs budget? About all the things I've found that carry the right labels but don't actually make a difference? About the various farmer's markets, CSA's, and suppliers I've tried (and canceled) in my area? The complexity of working this out alongside a family?
Alas, there is so much I could write about this topic, but my children are small, and they are sick, and I am exhausted. Original thought is not a luxury I can afford today, so I will leave you instead with what someone else said, and very artistically at that; I'm pretty sure Barbara would be proud.
Could you live an entire year eating locally or the food from your garden? Barbara Kingsolver transplanted her family from the deserts of Arizona to the mountains of Virginia for their endeavor. Join From Left to Write on February 21 as we discuss Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. As a member of From Left to Write, I received a copy of the book. All opinions are my own.