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January 13, 2006
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New Book Nourishes Mind, Body and Spirit
Accomplished chef and passionate food activist Jessica Prentice issues a call to reconnect to our food, our land, and each other in her new book Full Moon Feast (Chelsea Green, March 2006). This celebration of food and culture combines radical nutrition, keen agri-political acumen, and a spiritual sensibility that draws on indigenous as well as Western traditions. Prentice is joined in her mission by Deborah Madison, who contributes the book’s foreword.
For millennia humans looked to the moon and its rhythmic waxing and waning to chart the passage of time and direct planting, harvesting, hunting, and the spiritual ceremonies at the heart of cultures. In Full Moon Feast, Prentice uses the 13 lunar cycles of this ancient agrarian calendar to discuss our modern food systems, emphasizing their effect on our personal and societal health, and reminding us of the seasonal traditions that use food to forge connections between people. Prentice weaves her own stories of illness and healing, yearning and fulfillment into this compelling narrative. She chronicles her discovery of a way of eating that is healthy, sustainable, humane, and spiritually grounded, and offers readers insights and encouragement.
Prentice explores the nuances of a year’s cycle that, while familiar to our ancestors, are all but lost to our modern consciousness. Each chapter of Full Moon Feast bears the traditional name of a lunar month, a framework that illuminates the chasm between food as fundamental element in our lives and food as mere calories. She begins with the Hunger Moon in the dead of winter and discusses our own lack of seasonality in eating—we expect strawberries in January and fresh asparagus in September. From there Prentice leads us through the calendar from the Sap Moon of late winter, to the Mead Moon of summer, and the Blood Moon of autumn. Along the way we learn about the traditions surrounding the ales—root beer, yarrow ale, and birch beer—that provided people with essential enzymes, minerals and beneficial bacteria; the importance of eating lacto-fermented grains and vegetables; and the positive spirituality that can come from thoughtful consumption of meat. Each chapter includes recipes, 75 overall, that display the richly satisfying flavors of seasonal foods.
Prentice looks at specific aspects of our current food system and the impact of the shift from agrarian to industrial. She decries our modern food culture with its mega-farms and factories, chemically processed ghosts of real foods in our diets, and the suffering—physical, emotional, cultural, communal, and spiritual—born of a detachment from our food sources.
Jessica Prentice is a professional chef, food activist, speaker, and founder of Wise Food Ways. She is also a cofounder of Locavores and the Eat Local Challenge (www.locavores.com). She teaches classes in the San Francisco Bay Area that empower students to cook nourishing meals based on locally grown, ethically sound ingredients. She lives in Richmond, California. Visit her Web site, www.wisefoodways.com, for more information and events listings.
Available March 2006 | Paperback | $25 | 1-933392-00-2 | 7 x 10 | 75 recipes | 320 pages