Comments: When Preaching to the Converted Actually Has Its Uses


barbara kingsolver converted me too! i think animal vegetable miracle is one of my new favorite books ever. i have already given copies as gifts to two people and passed the word on to countless others. it is a really great book.
my cold store shelves are filling up with beautiful jars of preserved goodness from the summer with many more to come as i work my way through pear, apple and pumpkin seasons!

I don't know if I ever wrote back to you, Meg, but Kingsolver's book is one of my favorite arguments for the eating of local foods. For one thing, she is just plain eloquent and I like her writing better than I like Michael Pollan's, and for another, as you noted, she and I have just WAY too much in common when it comes to our backgrounds. Like me, she is a child of Appalachia, and so we are kinsisters in that the red clay soil that we grew up tilling and which has sustained us for years, probably runs in our veins as blood.

I am proud of you for getting past the Little House issues and putting up food for your family. I, too, buy from local farmers and put it up in my kitchen--I still don't have that back yard terraced so I can only grow so much food out on my deck.

You know, it is weird, but I really loved those books as a kid and I still enjoy reading them. They are a glimpse at the way women lived a century and more ago that I think is quite valuable, even though large chunks of the books are fictionalized. I feel the same way about Little Women--it is a window into the lives of 19th century women which I find instructive, because whenever I get all romantic and think I was born in the wrong time, I think about those books and I snap right out of it. I am grateful to be a woman of the 20th and now 21st centuries.

Great post, Meg!

Oh, and I forgot to mention--I am currently in New Hampshire, arming the moose and teaching them how to aim.

They do have a problem with the lack of thumbs, but I am working on it!

Barbara, can it be completely coincidental that both Ohio and New Hampshire - swing states in the election - are starting to sway towards Obama? Keep up the good work!

And I'm so glad you also like Kingsolver! I forgot to mention in the post that her book and your frequent posts about the glories of living in a region where you can buy food locally colored our search for a new home in the UK. The first time we visited, I scoped out the local farms that sell produce and that - as much as anything else - convinced me it was a great part of England. And that was before I knew about the milkman who delivers organic milk with cream floating on the top...

Well, you've convinced me to pick up a copy at the library next time. Regarding growing and / or (important slash there, I, too, fall prey to the idea that you can only can your OWN produce - thanks for pointing out the problem with that thinking) "putting up" fruits and vegetables, I am in strong support. It does just taste so much better than anything you can buy ... and you don't have to scour the ingredient list to see what strange poly-syllabic chemicals have worked their way into the mix. However, I will point out that eating locally is NOT always the lowest carbon footprint. It turns out, for example, that buying New Zealand lamb incurs a lower carbon footprint than buying English lamb. I wish I could remember the source, but my fuzzy memory did not serve up the direct source. I direct you to instead, where the study is quoted. Turns out that food miles are not an exact proxy for carbon footprint.

By the way, I love your blog. I am trying to reduce/eliminate meat from my weekly meals and you have lots of great recipes! thanks,

I just found this site, and its awesome! I was inspired by this post, but in a slightly different direction...drying veggies! I found recipes for drying celery (the husband and I don't like celery, but love the taste of it in chicken soup...enter home made dried celery powder!) and drying garlic (we tend to buy big containers of pre-peeled garlic cloves, and they often go bad before we can use them I can dry whatever we don't use when they get near the end of their freshness)

Site w/ veggie drying recipes:

they use a dehydrator, I'm going to try my oven set on its lowest setting
Brilliant site!
Keep the recipes coming, they all look fantastic...I'm trying 'heathen converting' shepards pie for dinner tonight!

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