Back to Basics: Kingsolver Clan Lives off Land In a departure from her popular novels, author Barbara Kingsolver takes her family back to its roots in Appalachia to live off the land for her latest book. The clan learns to "eat deliberately."

Back to Basics: Kingsolver Clan Lives off Land

Back to Basics: Kingsolver Clan Lives off Land

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Clockwise from left: Author Barbara Kingsolver with her husband Steven L. Hopp and daughters Camille and Lily. They spent a year eating locally and home-grown food. Hank Daniel hide caption

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Clockwise from left: Author Barbara Kingsolver with her husband Steven L. Hopp and daughters Camille and Lily. They spent a year eating locally and home-grown food.

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In her newest book, Barbara Kingsolver departs from the route taken in popular works of fiction like The Poisonwood Bible and The Bean Trees, to tell the true story of going back to her roots in Appalachia.

In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, Kingsolver and her family conduct an experiment in what she calls learning to "eat deliberately." That means eating only seasonal local foods, or food they've grown themselves.

The family leaves their home in Tucson, Ariz., and heads to Kingsolver's family farm in Virginia to live off the land. The clan grows a large garden and spends the summer storing food, jarring tomatoes, braiding garlic and stuffing turkey sausage.

Along the way, the family discovers the pleasures of eating naturally raised meat.

Kingsolver's family did more than live the story; they also contributed to the book. Her husband, Steven Hopp, writes about industrial agriculture and ecology, and her daughter, Camille, adds flavorful recipes.

Lynn Neary speaks with Kingsolver and Hopp about their experiences.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver

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