Weird Gardening: Unusual Ways to Grow Food

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This season’s One Book, One Chicago theme is “Eat, Think, Grow” and this year’s book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, tells the story of Barbara Kingsolver and her family as they plant a garden and grow their own food for a year. If you’re thinking of starting a garden, but you’re not quite the traditional type, here […]

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Top 5 Food and Cooking Magazines on Zinio

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We explore the theme “Eat, Think, Grow” this One Book, One Chicago season, with this year’s book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  After reading the book, you may be inspired to try some new recipes at home.  To get ideas for great recipes, explore our collection of food and cooking magazines on Zinio. You can download the […]

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Resolve to Eat from Your Garden This Year

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It’s the time of year where we make resolutions to try new things in the coming 365 days. As we explore the theme “Eat, Think, Grow” this One Book, One Chicago season, we’re thinking about food-related resolutions. This year’s book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, tells the story of Barbara Kingsolver and her family as they resolve to […]

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Chicago’s Farming History

This year's One Book, One Chicago, Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, encourages readers to think about their relationships with the food they eat. Kingsolver and her family complete a yearlong challenge to grow, produce or buy locally all of their food. The book also criticizes the international food industry for compromising health in favor of efficient production, and for its environmental impact. While […]

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Stars, They Eat Just Like Us

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We explore the theme “Eat, Think, Grow” this One Book, One Chicago season, with this year’s book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Have you ever thought about what your favorite celebrity cooks? Here are just a few of the cookbooks from some famous faces. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein partner up for this cookbook featuring recipes from […]

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A Taste of the World: Cookbooks from Ethnic Traditions

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We explore the theme “Eat, Think, Grow” this One Book, One Chicago season, with this year’s book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. But if you're looking for a taste of something a little different, travel the world without leaving your kitchen with these cookbooks of flavors from all over the globe. The Enchilada Queen is a must-read […]

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1948’s “Health King” of Chicago

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In 1948, Henry Pittner was selected from 13,000 members of the Chicago Boys' Club as the healthiest boy in Chicago. A team of doctors reviewed eight finalists from the club and named Pittner the "Health King." Aside from a cavity in his last baby tooth, the Chicago Daily Tribune reported, the 12-year-old had a perfect physical record. […]

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An Interview with Barbara Kingsolver on Community and Hope

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Excerpt from a conversation with Stephen L. Fisher and Barbara Kingsolver. (Recorded at Emory & Henry College Literary Festival, September 30, 2011. Published in the Iron Mountain Review, Volume XXVIII, Spring 2012.) Stephen L. Fisher: Critic Priscilla Leder argues that two basic themes run throughout your impressive array of genres and settings: an appreciation, first, […]

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About Barbara Kingsolver, Steven Hopp, Camille Kingsolver and Lily Hopp Kingsolver

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Barbara Kingsolver’s 14 books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction include the novels The Bean Trees, The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna, winner of The Orange Prize for Fiction. Translated into more than 20 languages, her work has won a devoted worldwide readership and many awards, including the National Humanities Medal. Many of her books have been incorporated into […]

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About Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

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Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver's first nonfiction narrative will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat. Since its release in May 2007, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle has helped launch a modern transition in America’s attitudes toward food. In this lively account of a family’s year of eating […]

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