Fasting and Feasting

Fasting and Feasting

The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray

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For more than thirty years, Patience Gray, author of the celebrated cookbook Honey from a Weed, lived in a remote area of Puglia in southernmost Italy. She was fond of saying that she wrote only for herself and her friends, yet her growing reputation brought a steady stream of international visitors to her door. This simple and isolated life she chose for herself may help explain her relative obscurity when compared to the other great food writers of her time. So it is not surprising that when Gray died in 2005, the BBC described her as an "almost forgotten culinary star." Yet her influence, particularly among chefs and other food writers, has had a lasting and profound effect on the way we view and celebrate good food and regional cuisines.
Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2017]
ISBN: 9781603586085
Branch Call Number: B GRAY-P 2017
Characteristics: 371 pages, 16 numbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Dec 05, 2017

Some biographies are written as novels, some are written as a PhD thesis; this one is more in the latter category. Although I'm interested in women's history and how pioneers in their fields proceed along their ground-breaking journeys, sometimes it's not the facts and the names and the dates, but the ideas and the mistakes and the thoughts that you really crave. This was so informative, perhaps too informative for my interest, as I kind of got bored reading about so many people and so many people's children, and who went where and with whom and where they lived and what they thought of mushrooms.

Perfect if you like a ton of research on a fascinating maverick, but too dry for my random interest in historical figures I've never before heard of.


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