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Tales From a Zen Kitchen

Tales From a Zen Kitchen

Florencia Clifford. Foreword by Ned Reiter (Guo Ji)

Quick Overview

This is a book about the journey of learning to be a Zen cook. It is about cooking, and the stories that arise when you are cooking. It is about the healing that occurs when you can look at your problems face to face and make friends with your ghosts.
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2012, 9.45in x 6.42in / 240mm x 163mm, 224pp
ISBN: 9781908363039

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I have learned to notice the splendour of life even in the slimiest of creatures. I have found beauty in what I used to perceive as ugly. Slowly I have learned to love that which is difficult to love, both in myself and in others.

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 her insights and many delicious vegetarian recipes.

This is a journey of cooking and healing, taking us into a deep and luminous understanding of the food she prepares, and of the world around us. It tells of the growth of love, as the author learns to care for all beings, including the slugs in the title.

This book features twenty original illustrations by artist Michaela Meadow.


'An intensely felt and highly personal description of the transformation of a Zen cook's life through cooking. Beautifully written, with flowering prose, this book will inspire anyone who cooks.'
- Hilary Richards, Retreat Leader, Western Chan Fellowship

'There are many delicious recipes tucked inside these pages, but the main one is this: in responding to each moment with authenticity, inquiry, compassion and mindfulness, we truly encounter the wonder of our lives.'
- Ned Reiter, Zen Practitioner and Registered Medical Herbalist

'Florencia's food feeds not just the body but the spirit.'
- Judy Gray, York Steiner School

'Put simply, Feeding Orchids to the Slugs is the best book I've ever thought I'd not want to read.'
- Real Epicurean

'The reader cannot help but be affected by this author's ability to see cooking as a joy and by the way her spirit shines through her words as she describes her recipes. She speaks of her cooking as a kind of alchemy - the transformation of basic ingredients into food.'
- Green Spirit Magazine

'Feeding Orchids to the Slugs is one of the most honest and moving accounts of an individual's personal journey that we have had the pleasure of reading. This is a book that we would strongly recommend to anyone. It would also make a perfect gift, being a carefully crafted hardback with superb illustrations by Michaela Meadow.'
- Buddhist Book Reviews

'I've read a few other reviews of 'Feeding Orchids to The Slugs' on the net to see how other people described it; "evocative" seems to be the word used the most, and I couldn't think of a better one myself.'
- Real Epicurean

'A Zen cook's life is transformed through cooking. Beautifully written, with flowing prose, this book will inspire anyone who cooks.'
- Hilary Richards, Retreat Leader, Western Chan Fellowship


By (author): Florencia Clifford