I think the subject of food seems daunting because there are so many different questions, so many different problems. And that's something that really compelled me about writing this book. I love to start with a huge unanswerable boggling kind of question and see if I can whittle it down into the shape of a really good yarn. You know, I just love to see if I can give it a plot and make you laugh all along the way and maybe make you cry at the end, and create something that will invite you in. And then when you're finished and you close the book, maybe you'll step out into the world in a slightly different way and ask your own questions and answer the questions in your own way.
- Barbara Kingsolver in an interview with Krista Tippet, host of Speaking of Faith
Ever since I read The Poisonwood Bible seven years ago, Barbara Kingsolver has been one of my favourite writers. Her latest book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is on my "to read" list and today after listening to the podcast of a recent American public media program, this book has now moved to the #1 spot on the list.
I downloaded this podcast and listened to it on my ipod while walking this afternoon, but it's so engaging you may want to just sit and listen. I'm going to replay it later and do just this.