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Barbara Kingsolver '77 Nominated for 2008 James Beard Foundation Award

Barbara Kingsolver '77 Nominated for 2008 James Beard Foundation Award

March 25, 2008

Barbara Kingsolver BW Stand.jpgMarch 25, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, the latest bestseller by 1977 DePauw University graduate Barbara Kingsolver, is a nominee for a James Beard Foundation Award. Deemed "the Oscars of the food world," by TIME magazine, the Beard Awards are the country's most coveted honor for chefs; food and beverage professionals; broadcast media, journalists, and authors working on food; and restaurant architects and designers.

Kingsolver is one of three nominees in the category, "Book Awards, Writing on Food." Winners will be announced Sunday,James Beard Foundation Award.jpg June 8, 2008 at the annual celebration and awards ceremony at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their field and, with each year, continues to emphasize the Foundation's mission: to celebrate, preserve, and nurture America's culinary heritage and diversity.

Access a complete list of 2008 nominees by clicking here, and read more at Yahoo! Finance.

Co-authored by Barbara Kingsolver's husband, Steven L. Hopp, and daughter, Camille Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle chronicles what Barbara Kingsolver Food Life.jpghappened after the family pledged for a year to eat only food produced on its farm. It was listed among the ten best nonfiction books of 2007 by TIME.

"I did not study writing in college, but I'm a writer because I got to go to college," Kingsolver has stated. "I wanted to go somewhere far away and exotic, so I went to DePauw University in Indiana. All the scales fell from my eyes; it was wonderful."

Barbara Kingsolver -- whose other books include The Poisonwood Bible, Animal Dreams and The Bean Trees -- majored in zoology at DePauw.  She delivered the commencement address at her alma mater in 1994. Learn more about her in this recent story.