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Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith, and What to Eat for Dinner - A Satisfying Diet for Unsatisfying Times Paperback – February 5, 2013
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— Jacques Pépin, author of Essential Pépin
As an ardent carnivore, not to mention global grilling fanatic, I picked up this ode to vegan joy with skepticism. Imagine my surprise to be rewarded with a thoughtful meditation on cooking with conscience, mindful eating, community connection, and some really good, 100 percent animal-free food. In the best culinary memoir tradition, Ellen Kanner turns her kitchen into an observatory of the human condition. Change what you eat, then change your life, then change the world,’ she writes in her introduction. With Feeding the Hungry Ghost, she already has.”
— Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue Bible
A mindful, meatless, and irreverent recipe for a reverent life, Feeding the Hungry Ghost is a delicious read.”
— Marisa Miller Wolfson, director of Vegucated
Ellen Kanner warms the spirit with her witty meditations on food and its place in friendship, family, and culture, accompanied by delectable fare that’s more than the sum of its plant-strong ingredients. Feeding the Hungry Ghost encapsulates all that goes into a truly nourished life.”
— Nava Atlas, author of Wild about Greens
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Top Customer Reviews
Feeding the Hungry Ghost is a beautiful mixture of stories with recipes to feed your body and soul. This is a vegan book that reminds us that food is meant to be shared with family and friends, and enjoyed. Food is good and even better when it is bought locally when it is in season.
Although the author does stress going vegan, it is not something that is for everyone. However, everyone can enjoy the recipes and stories included in the book. Make some of the recipes for yourself and see if you like them, and want to incorporate them into your meals throughout the seasons.
Some of my favorite recipes included in the book:
* Lavender Tea
* Down and Dirty Rice
* Unconventional but Seductive Veggie Paella
* Moroccan Carrot Salad
I enjoyed reading this book and discovering some truly new and tasty recipes. If you like food (and honestly, who doesn't?), try this book and the recipes in it. I highly recommend it.
* Thank you to the publisher of Feeding the Hungry Ghost, New World Library, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Although strictly vegan, it isn't at all preachy or over-bearing, not seeking to omit and replace animal products, but to create great food from plants. The recipes are very simple, but try one and you'll be amazed at the world of flavor hiding in only a handful of ingredients. Simple also means you're more likely to actually try the recipe, and there's a no-stress approach to possible missing ingredients that I appreciated very much, saving me from running to the shop mid-sautée.
It's about being good to the planet, to your loved ones, to yourself; give it a go, your hungry ghost will thank you.
Favourite recipe so far is the Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew. Comfort food that's healthy and nourishing. It's like a big hug in a bowl. Also, holy crap, it's good!
Write another book, Ellen Kanner! I'll be the first in line to read it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my favorite cookbook. It has little stories, to go with each recipe, like a little history that makes it personal and it has a zen quality to it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by cranbyrre
This book is filled with lousy recipes that are overdone. When in doubt Kanner throws in another herb or condiment to kill beautiful ingredients and waste an evening of... Read morePublished 8 months ago by kashakid
I can't even remember from where or by whom this book was recommended - a real shame because I would really like to give them/it a hug! Read morePublished 23 months ago by KristinV
This is such a beautiful book making me hungry for faith, community AND the amazing recipes here! It also made me laugh and just overall feel wonderful. A treasure!Published on May 1, 2014 by Tammy Boyd
Recommended by a friend, this book is wonderful. Part good read and part recipe book, it's very enjoyable and the recipes are lovely. Worth every cent.Published on April 11, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed the combination of memoir, vegan recipes and easy to read style. Was fortunate to have the author attend our Miami Beach Botanical Garden Book Club meeting in January,... Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by setselk
Warm, funny and soulful. Ellen is the kind of person you'd want to be best friends with just because of who she is. Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Tasleem Bhanjee
Loved this book. Fabulous recipes and wonderful story line with it. Enjoyed the message and found many recipes I will try.Published on November 14, 2013 by Karen Miller
Great little book. Contains more than just recipes. I've enjoyed the book and the recipes. Definitely an interesting read, and great vegan recipes!Published on July 25, 2013 by Val Pavlik