Literary Friday: Full Moon Feast

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"Full Moon Feast" invites us to a table brimming with locally grown foods, radical wisdom, and communal nourishment.In "Full Moon Feast," accomplished chef and passionate food activist Jessica Prentice champions locally grown, humanely raised, nutrient-rich foods and traditional cooking methods. The book follows the thirteen lunar cycles of an agrarian year, from the midwinter Hunger Moon and the springtime sweetness of the Sap Moon to the bounty of the Moon When Salmon Return to Earth in autumn. 

Each chapter includes recipes that display the richly satisfying flavors of foods tied to the ancient rhythm of the seasons.Prentice decries our modern food culture: megafarms and factories, the chemically processed ghosts of real foods in our diets, and the sufferingphysical, emotional, cultural, communal, and spiritualborn of a disconnect from our food sources. She laments the system that is poisoning our bodies and our communities.

But "Full Moon Feast" is a celebration, not a dirge. Prentice has emerged from her own early struggles with food to offer health, nourishment, and fulfillment to her readers. She recounts her relationships with local farmers alongside ancient harvest legends and methods of food preparation from indigenous cultures around the world.Combining the radical nutrition of "Sally Fallons Nourishing Traditions," keen agri-political acumen, and a spiritual sensibility that draws from indigenous as well as Western traditions, "Full Moon Feast" is a call to reconnect to our food, our land, and each other."

With compelling articles and comprehensive sources, Prentice writes evocatively about our Western shift in diet and the backlash with our health. Full Moon Feast does a good job of balancing the dietary warnings with celebrations of ancient food and the communal practice of collecting and cooking it. She takes examples from all over the world, and clearly spent a long time researching methods and practices of worldwide cultures with regard to certain foods. 

The included recipes look great, and I can't wait to try some of them out- I love when I find recipes that aren't the same thing I've always done, but with a slight variation. She actually provides guidelines on lacto-fermentation, and wort drinks. How cool is that?!

If you're contemplating becoming a locavore, growing your own food, trying to get in touch with a healthier and more holistic diet, or have some health problems that you want to try treating with nutrition, I recommend this book. Also, if you're curious about the changes in human diet, the foods that seem to unite us as a species, and some definitely non-Western flavor combinations, I recommend this book.

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