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Chicago Sun-Times Contributor Nominates Barbara Kingsolver '77 as 2007's 'Most Admirable Woman'

Chicago Sun-Times Contributor Nominates Barbara Kingsolver '77 as 2007's 'Most Admirable Woman'

December 23, 2007

Barbara Kingsolver Local 2007.jpgDecember 23, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "My pick for the 'Most Admirable Woman' of 2007 is Barbara Kingsolver, an author who writes of the unparalleled importance of small farms," asserts Andrea Sarvady in the Chicago Sun-Times. Kingsolver, a 1977 graduate of DePauw University, authored this year's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Sarvady is an Atlanta-based writer and educator.

Co-authored by Barbara Kingsolver's husband, Steven L. Hopp, and daughter, Camille Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle chronicles what happened after the family pledged for a year to eat only food produced on its farm. "Part call to action, part funny family memoir, part recipe collection, part valentine to the land and those who use it well, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is the book that should finally bring stragglers to the local food table," writes Sarvady.

She asks, "Does this sound preachy? Oddly enough, not when Kingsolver says it. In fact, each accumulated chapter Barbara Kingsolver Food Life.jpgof Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has the opposite effect. You begin to think: Kingsolver does so much to feed her family from regional, sustainable farms, I can do something. I can put more of my grocery dollars toward food that's from here and not break the bank. I can realize that turning my back on local growers has too many consequences for my community and my health, not to mention my taste buds.

Calling Kingsolver a "gifted guide," Sarvady concludes, "With passionate prose and no small amount of gumption, she encourages all of us to stay closer to home, for meals that make a daily difference in our lives."

Read the item in its entirety at the Sun-Times' Web site.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was recently named to a "best of" list for 2007 and Kingsolver was selected Bon Appetit magazine's "Food Writer of the Year."