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Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” Quotes (27 Quotes)


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  • But still, I'd be darned if I was going to be one of those Americans who stomp around Italy barking commands in ever-louder English. I was going to be one of those Americans who traversed Italy with my forehead knit in concentration, divining wordsw from their Latin roots and answering by wedging French cognates into Italian pronunciations spliced onto a standard Spanish verb conjugation.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • Respecting the dignity of a spectacular food means enjoying it at its best. Europeans celebrate the short season of abundant asparagus as a form of holiday. In the Netherlands the first cutting coincides with Father's Day, on which restaurants may feature all-asparagus menus and hand out neckties decorated with asparagus spears.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • Cooking is 80 percent confidence, a skill best acquired starting from when the apron strings wrap around you twice.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • The average food item on a U.S. grocery shelf has traveled farther than most families go on their annual vacations.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • Corn syrup and added fats have been outed as major ingredients in fast food, but they hide out in packaged foods too, even presumed-innocent ones like crackers.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")


  • The effect is both domestic and wild, equal parts geometric and chaotic. It's the visual signature of small, diversified farms that creates the picture-postcard landscape here, along with its celebrated gastronomic one. Couldn't Americans learn to love landscapes like these around our cities, treasuring them not just gastronomically but aesthetically, instead of giving everything over to suburban development? Can we only love agriculture on postcards?
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • Even feigning surprise, pretending it was unexpected and saying a ritual thanks, is surely wiser than just expecting everything so carelessly.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • The standard approach has been to pump up the dosage of chemicals ... Twenty percent of these approved-for-use pesticides are listed by the EPA as carcinogenic in humans.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • Finally, cooking is good citizenship. It's the only way to get serious about putting locally raised foods into your diet, which keeps farmlands healthy and grocery money in the neighborhood.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • This story about good food begins in a quick-stop convenience market.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • Food culture in the United States has long been cast as the property of a privileged class. It is nothing of the kind. Culture is the property of a species.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • We can´t know what we haven´t been taught
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • Households that have lost the soul of cooking from their routines may not know what they are missing: the song of a stir-fry sizzle, the small talk of clinking measuring spoons, the yeasty scent of rising dough, the painting of flavors onto a pizza before it slides into the oven.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • What kind of weirdo makes cheese? It's too hard to imagine, too homespun, too something. We're so alienated from the creation of even ordinary things we eat or use, each one seems to need its own public relations team to calm the American subservience to hurry and bring us back around to doing a thing ourselves, at home.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")

  • Humans can be fairly ridiculous animals.
    (Barbara Kingsolver, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle")


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