Fantastic book… And, then there’s the great food, too!
Sometimes books find you when you most need them. ‘Feeding the Hungry Ghost’ is one of these, speaking directly to your soul through food. It is a cookbook, yes, but so, so much more. Reading it is like listening to a friend tell you stories while she cooks for you. It’s as much about what the process of preparing a meal means as it is about the food itself. Slow down, enjoy, savour. A good lesson outside of the kitchen, as well.
Although strictly vegan, it isn’t at all preachy or over-bearing, not seeking to omit and replace animal products, but to create great food from plants. The recipes are very simple, but try one and you’ll be amazed at the world of flavor hiding in only a handful of ingredients. Simple also means you’re more likely to actually try the recipe, and there’s a no-stress approach to possible missing ingredients that I appreciated very much, saving me from running to the shop mid-sautée.
It’s about being good to the planet, to your loved ones, to yourself; give it a go, your hungry ghost will thank you.
Favourite recipe so far is the Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew. Comfort food that’s healthy and nourishing. It’s like a big hug in a bowl. Also, holy crap, it’s good!