Feeding Orchids to the Slugs

Feeding Orchids to the Slugs : Tales from a Zen Kitchen

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I have learned to notice the splendour of life even in the slimiest of creatures. I have found beauty in what I used to perceive as ugly. Slowly I have learned to love that which is difficult to love, both in myself and in others. Florencia Clifford is a zen cook. In this evocative and powerful book, we move seamlessly from Buddhist retreats in an isolated farmhouse in mid-Wales, to the hills of Florencia's childhood in Argentina, and back again. She describes her experiences in sensual detail: the subtle and magical shifts in herself, the seasons, and the people around her. Along the way, she shares her insights and many delicious vegetarian recipes. This is a journey of cooking and healing, taking us into a deep and luminous understanding of the food she prepares, and of the world around us. It tells of the growth of love, as the author learns to care for all beings, including the slugs in the title. This book features twenty original illustrations by artist Michaela Meadow.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 500g
  • JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
  • Vala Publishing Cooperative Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 20 original b&w illustrations
  • 1908363037
  • 9781908363039
  • 1,126,580

Review quote

An intensely felt and highly personal description of the transformation of a Zen cook's life through cooking. Beautifully written, with flowering prose, this book will inspire anyone who cooks. -- Hilary Richards, Retreat Leader, Western Chan Fellowship There are many delicious recipes tucked inside these pages, but the main one is this: in responding to each moment with authenticity, inquiry, compassion and mindfulness, we truly encounter the wonder of our lives. -- Ned Reiter, Zen Practitioner and Registered Medical Herbalist Florencia's food feeds not just the body but the spirit. -- Judy Gray, York Steiner School Put simply, Feeding Orchids to the Slugs is the best book I've ever thought I'd not want to read. -- Real Epicurean

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About Florencia Clifford

Florencia Clifford was born and grew up in the city of Cordoba in Argentina. In 1994 she moved to York, where she lives with her family just outside the city walls. She has been working as a Zen cook for the past seven years. Michaela Meadow grew up among the vibrant colours and open landscapes of South Africa, before moving to the UK. She graduated from University College Falmouth in 2011 and works as a freelance illustrator.

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Table of contents

Prologue. 1. A Welsh Farmhouse. 2. Retreat 1: The Little Girl. 3. Storms and Siestas. 4. Retreat 2: Learning the Ropes. 5. Tara. 6. Retreat 3: Dancing with Death. 7. La Granja. 8. Retreat 4: The Art of Cooking. 9. Porridge. 10. Retreat 5: Cooking in a New Kitchen. 11. Fina. 12. Retreat 6: The Pilgrim Cook. 13. Pomegranates. 14. Retreat 7: Death of a Teacher. 15. Ongamira. 16. Retreat 8: Countless Jewels. 17. Butterfly. 18. Retreat 9: Transformation. 19. Fly.

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