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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; First Thus Used edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608681645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608681648
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ellen Kanner goes far beyond the physiological function of food in this charming book. Fun, well written, and full of information, it is an ode to veganism and a new way of connecting with the seasons.”
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


“Just what it takes, on and off the plate, to enjoy a richer life today.” — Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat

About the Author

Ellen Kanner is an award-winning food writer, Huggington Post’s Meatless Monday blogger, and the syndicated columnist the Edgy Veggie. Her work has been published in Bon Appétit, Eating Well, Vegetarian Times, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and Culinate, as well as other online and print publications. An advocate for sustainable, accessible food, she has served on the Miami boards of Slow Food and Common Threads. She lives in Miami.

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The recipes are easy and inspiring.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Newton on February 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Feeding the Hungry Ghost by Ellen Kanner is about cooking great food, and savoring the experience of a good meal with family and friends. The recipes included are vegan, but that doesn't mean you have to be in order to enjoy them. Try the recipes, enjoy the stories, and have fun and truly enjoy food again.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Agata on April 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Sometimes books find you when you most need them. 'Feeding the Hungry Ghost' is one of these, speaking directly to your soul through food. It is a cookbook, yes, but so, so much more. Reading it is like listening to a friend tell you stories while she cooks for you. It's as much about what the process of preparing a meal means as it is about the food itself. Slow down, enjoy, savour. A good lesson outside of the kitchen, as well.
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!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Persnickety one on February 18, 2013
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In all honesty, I tend to read recipes in a cookbook more than the book itself. That would be a mistake with this book. It really is a book about eating, the role that food plays in being happy and healthy (not self medicating with food, nurturing your soul with food and the process of creating serious food). A lot of the recipes feature ingredients that do not nurture my soul particularly well, but many do. I am not going to list the recipes I like because I really think you should read the book not jump to the food that speaks to me. This book is personal, comes across as authentic and encourages a healthy relationship with your food. It is also well written. I e-mailed the author about one of the recipes and concluded that she is as gracious and charming as she sounds in the book (if you or your husband are ever in Buffalo, Mrs. Kanner, stop by for a home cooked meal). What more can I say beyond "read this book."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cherie Mercer Twohy on April 24, 2013
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i heard an endorsement for this book at a culinary conference and ordered it on the spot. what the endorser didn't mention was that the book addresses the virtues of a vegan lifestyle. i'm not vegan, and not likely to become one, so i was a bit disappointed when i received the book, but began to read anyway. and i was so glad i did. kanner is an engaging writer with tons of energy that comes right through the pages. she's a great food writer--really vivid language, and great descriptions. she proposes a life style that treads gently on the earth, and does so in an effectively positive way--perky to the max, but not preachy at all. i thoroughly enjoyed her perspective, and look forward to her next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robbin E. Russell on February 26, 2013
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This book has a wonderful story and great guide lines to learning to eat healthier. Plus fantastic recipes! Great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Love VINE VOICE on March 13, 2013
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What a great book! This is somewhat of a self-help recipe book. It's not your typical recipe book and it's not meant to be. Ellen Kanner provides the reader with the most wonderful stories that surround the recipes and they blend so well to feed not just your body but your very soul. It's a fun read. The recipes are easy and inspiring. Although I am a cook, I believe this book will inspire anyone who reads it to take time to cook delicious food. Bringing back the ritual of breaking bread with those you want to be with is really quite easy and this book shows you that you can do that for yourself and those you are with in a way that does not consume a lot of time at all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cook for Good on June 26, 2013
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If you want to imagine how M.F.K. Fisher might write in the days of climate change, read Ellen Kanner. Feeding the Hungry Ghost is in the tradition of my favorite books about food: a little about love, a lot personal, and full of recipes I can't wait to cook. It's laugh-out-loud funny and full of wise insights, a combination few authors can pull off. I want to give copies of this deeply enjoyable book to all my friends who need a little perking up or something yummy for dinner (that would be about 95% of my friends).

Let's start with the food. I've noted about 80% of the recipes as "try soon," including Ful Mudammas; Zucchini Bread; Kamut for Mother Earth; Farrotto with Greens, Pine Nuts, and Currants; Roasted Beet Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette; and No-Knead Whole Wheat Oatmeal Bread. I have already made the Vegan Chocolate Cake, which was very easy to make, light, and tender. Her directions are clear and friendly, like these from West Indian Mango Madness: "No need to wipe out the pan" and "Add your lovely chopped greens."

Ellen inspires us to cook seasonally and low on the food chain with insights like this: "You're a busy person. I can save you time: act and eat mindfully." "Eating out of season is like living in a foreign country without understanding the language." "Luster is the best reason to eat what's ripe now."

The structure of the book helps you dip in just where you need to. Ellen takes you through the cycle of life, from the Seed and the Flowering through to the Harvest to the Compost. Along the way, she shares thoughts on a wide range of spiritual topics without ever haranguing the reader to follow a particular religious path. I love her escape from Sunday School and the section comparing St. Lucia's Day with the Hindu festival of lights: Diwali.
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