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About the Author

Elisabeth Luard is an award-winning food writer and the author of The Old World Kitchen: The Rich Tradition of European Peasant Cookery, nominated for the James Beard Award; The Flavours of Andalucia, winner of the 1992 Glenfiddich Food Book of the Year Award; and Saffron & Sunshine: Tapas, Mezze, and Antipasti, winner of the 2001 Glenfiddich Food Book of the Year Award. She is a regular contributor to Gourmet magazine.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (April 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556525303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556525308
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,353,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In Sacred Food: Cooking For Spiritual Nourishment, award-winning food writer Elisabeth Luard takes the reader on a fascinating and inspiring survey of dishes traditionally served at significant and celebatory moments ranging from birth, puberty, courtship, and betrothal, to marriage, death, burial, and remembrance. Along the way Luard illuminates how and why we celebrate such human milestones with food. Superb images showcase a wealth of recipes and myriad cultures from Mexico, Japan, Spain, Italy, and Indonesia, to North American, the Middle East, Germany, Scandinavia, and Britain. From Mushroom Piroshki for an Eastern European birth basket, to Kerala Coconut Curry prepared for an Indian wedding feast, Sacred Food offers more than 40 sumptuous recipes to delight, educate, and please the palate. Sacred Foods is highly recommended for culinary gourmets and students of the cultural role food plays in human societies around the world.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ioriginale on December 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Thank God I didn't purchase this book. Firstly, the concept for this book is a great one, which is why it is so unfortunate that this author did such bad job with it. I was interested in this book when, as I was preparing for the new year, I had the idea to prepare a spiritually nourishing new year's first meal. So I sought out this book for ideas. The organization of the book is flawed to begin with - grouping up wildly different cultures together under 4 categories. Although these are very important categories, the author betrays her cultural ignorance by this very approach. Her attitude and tone is typically patronizing, paternalistic and fetishizing of foreign cultures as if they all amount to these quaint folksy little traditions. She does this especially when she is referencing a culture from the so-called "third world". Her treatment of Africa is downright racist with its broad generalizations and crass, cursory, under-researched fair. I should have known that it would be from the very description listed on this site - amazon.com. In the amazon.com description, it references meals from Mexico, Slovakia and then refers to a meal used in an "African girl's" coming of age ceremony. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure Africa is not one country with one tradition but a whole continent of 54 countries (and counting) with HUNDREDS of ethnic groups and THOUSANDS of traditions. Her inclusion of Africa seemed to be more or less out of obligation or perhaps pressure from her wanna-be politically-correct publisher. All in all, if you have any self-respect at all, avoid this book at all costs. Don't patronize ignorance!
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Queen Sharon on January 21, 2008
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I got this book as a requirment for my class. There are only 3 chapters in this book. I felt like it just dragged on and on. It really needed to have more breaks. It had very interesting topics about food and rituals, but it wasn't a very smooth read. It bored me. The pictures are great and I like how it includes some recipes, but this book won't be living on my shelf any longer.
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