This week I created a brand new page devoted to books I love and recommend. There are some obscure, relatively hard to find titles, as well as my favorite well-known books. The page includes books about cooking, nutrition, and food systems, but I also added a few books on more personal topics like alternative medicine, self-help and spirituality, novels, and writing. Click here for a peak into my bookcase!
Flipping through my favorite books reminded me of these inspiring food and life-related quotes:
“All individuals have their distinctive way of doing things. Some folks put lids back on, some won’t; some tuck their shirttails in, others don’t; some do dishes right after meals, while others let ‘em soak.” - James Green in The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual
“When I cook, I never weigh or measure anything. I cook by vibration. I can tell by the look and smell of it. Most of the ingredients in this book are approximate. Some of the recipes that people gave me list the amounts, but for my part, I just do it by vibration.” - Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor in Vibration Cooking: or, The Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl
“Brim-full the bowl, it’ll spill over. Keep sharpening the blade, you’ll soon blunt it.” Lao Tzu in Tao Te Chingtranslated by Ursula K. LeGuin
“…each second of life is a miracle. The dishes themselves, and the fact that I am here washing them are miracles.” - Tich Nhat Hahn in Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
“… reverence for life makes no distinction between higher and lower, more precious and less precious lives…How can we know what importance other living organisms have in themselves and in terms of the universe?” - Albert Schweitzer in Man and Creature in The Teaching of Reverence for Life
“When you see everything around you (animal, vegetable, mineral) as imbued with spirit, as alive and sentient, as carrying with it a crucial part of the Whole; …you understand that that great beautiful Creation involves death and decay, just as certainly as it involves birth and resurrection.” - Jessica Prentice in Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection
“Our perfection lies in our imperfection.” – Sandor Ellix Katz in Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
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