Fall In Love with the Romance of Food
I can’t even remember from where or by whom this book was recommended – a real shame because I would really like to give them/it a hug!
After many years of disordered eating, having developed a fear of food and nourishing myself without guilt this book has been part of the process of bringing my mind set back to equilibrium. It’s beautiful, descriptive way if discussing foods – flavours, scents, textures – has reignited an excitement to eat. I want to make and enjoy every recipe in the book and be transported to the places and times that the author describes when telling of the history and culture of the dishes and ingredients.
A note on the ‘vegan’ thing – yes, I was already eating plant-based and the author also – but don’t think for a second that this book will exclude you or send you into a shame spiral if you don’t currently, and can’t ever see yourself ever, eating a vegan diet. The foods and recipes may be vegan at their core but this only serves to encourage their inclusiveness. Everyone eats a vegan diet in the most basic sense, some just choose to add animal products to this base of vegetables, fruits and grains. The author discusses her own journey to veganism but without judgement of those that don’t adopt this lifestyle or an expectation that you will change. The books main goal, I feel, is to reignite an appreciation and love for food and food culture – getting back to the kitchen, surrounded by loved ones and nourishing our bodies and souls.