Saturday, August 18, 2012

Full Moon Feast

At the behest of a friend and teacher, I finally read Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection by Jessica Prentice. So very glad I did--it's such an involved and involving adventure through our year.
Native cultures understood what it means to stay close to the concrete ways our earth works. As huge technological, chemical progress enshrouded in globalization hasn't really panned out, so many of us our searching our pasts to find answers our ancestors knew. The resurgence of wise food ways in cooking and gardening testifies to the same bit of longing or need. This lovely book goes through the 13 "moons" of our year and details how our predecessors understood each particular time. Then the chapters get really interesting, detailing current issues. At the end, they contain recipes that hearken to the particular time/season/issues. Themes explored are grains, sugars, hunger/fullness/deprivation, local and seasonal eating, eggs, milk, treatment of animals, fats (and diets), chemicals/toxins, mind-altering substances (focus is on alcohol), home brewing, herbal medicine, habitats, spiritual connections and community.

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