The most refreshing part of my break was the reading!
Daisy is still teething (lost two molars today), so she spent quite a bit of time feeling icky and napping. That meant uninterrupted reading time for me. Just enough time to polish off Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver.
You can read a review-in-progress (that I wrote last week) in this week's Finicky Reader installment at Bibliobuffet. Now that I'm finished I can give you a better idea of what I loved about this book. And LOOOOVED it I did (four O's worth!).
First, I have to say, this is probably my very favorite book of the year so far. That's pretty impressive given the fact that I've read or listened to some stellar books Now that I'm done, Kingsolver's masterful book will go straight to my "keep forever" shelves, and I'll use it as a reference book, recipe book, and I'll certainly re-read it when I need some inspiration.
The Kingsolver-Hopp family's year as locavores (eating as locally and organically as possible) is nothing short of inspirational. It's so much better for the environment and personal health to cut out preservatives and all the gas guzzling that goes on to transport foods across the country. Why not at least try to seek out local foods? I'm lucky to have a good piece of land at my disposal...our garden takes up a good half-acre...and live in a rural area with tons of farms. I'm growing my own herbs, attempting to cook more, preserve more food, and thanks to Kingsolver I have some great new recipes and techniques to try. Did you know you can make homemade mozzarella cheese in about 30 minutes?! Holy crap! I'm a cheese FREAK, so it's wonderful to know that some of those out-of-reach products can actually come to fruition over my home stove.
It's hard to put into words what's so damn great about this book, but it is so SO great. It's equal parts education and inspiration, and I can't wait to try even more new changes in my kitchen. I'll keep you posted here, and certainly at Unlikely Activist.
I hope the Americans in the bunch had a wonderful, relaxing Memorial Day holiday! As for the rest of you, happy Monday!