Feeding Orchids to the Slugs: Tales from a Zen Kitchen

Feeding Orchids to the Slugs: Tales from a Zen Kitchen


By (author) Florencia Clifford

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  • Publisher: Vala Publishing Cooperative Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 15mm | 500g
  • Publication date: 5 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Bristol
  • ISBN 10: 1908363037
  • ISBN 13: 9781908363039
  • Illustrations note: 20 b/w
  • Sales rank: 850,037

Product description

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 recipes and her insights. A journey of cooking and healing, taking us into a deep and sensuous understanding of the food she prepares, and of the world around us.

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Author information

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.

Review quote

If you aren't particularly interested in cooking when you start this book you certainly will be by the time you finish it. This book easily earns our strongest possible recommendation." Buddhist Book Reviews, December 2012

Table of contents

Foreword Prologue 1. The Welsh Farmhouse 2. Retreat 1: The Little Girl 3. Siestas and Storms 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