- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: She Writes Press (September 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938314220
- ISBN-13: 978-1938314223
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hedgebrook Cookbook: Celebrating Radical Hospitality Paperback – September 10, 2013
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“There is a magic at Hedgebrook and believe me, a major part of that magic is the food. I’ve always believed that good food equals good work. This book, just like Hedgebrook itself, is a gift for us all.”
“When you are served with so much love and nurturing, from the garden to the table to the cottages . . . you see someone believes that what we have to say is important.”
“Hedgebrook supports women so they can speak the truth, tell the messy, sometimes unpopular stories, break taboos, find their voice, their outrage, their delight, their power in the world and word. They provide an inspired and safe nest on Whidbey Island so that when the time is right, women can fly.”
“Hedgebrook is a haven of deep grace. I hold a dream of returning to those magical cottages and paths for more baskets of warm muffins and the savory silence and camaraderie which so hospitably nurtures our words.”
—Naomi Shihab Nye
“Hedgebrook isn’t a retreat, it’s an advance.”
About the Author
Julie Rosten is proud to be part of a community of dreamers and strivers who seek something from life that was beautiful and true. Her love for cooking grew from her love of having family around the dinner table, to enjoy and share meals that strengthen the bonds that make life meaningful. At Hedgebrook, she showcases her own art form of food preparation and presentation.
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The recipes are interspersed with photos of the stunning Hedgebrook grounds, its people and animals, and of course, the show-stopping food, as well as essays by the women who have come to write there. While many express delight in being nurtured in order to focus on their craft, Dorothy Allison gets at the very reason a place like Hedgebrook is needed: "I grew up in a culture that emphasized hospitality and manners, but it was manners with an edge and hospitality that could beggar your soul. As a result, I learned to be wonderful at taking care of others, but backed away from anyone who dared to try to take care of me. So when I came to Hedgebrook, it was almost impossible for me to be comfortable with people who were determined to make my work easier, to serve me wonderful food and encourage me in every way possible to relax and focus on my writing. The first night there, I went back from dinner and sat in the darkness almost weeping. Getting used to that determined radical hospitality was one of the hardest things I have done in years--and one of the best. Who would guess that something so simple and basic could be so revolutionary?"
With its clean design, the book is a joy to read and the recipes are clear and easy to follow. My only suggestion for the next printing would be to add captions identifying the people in the photos.
I bought this book thinking it would be a great gift for a friend who writes. I now plan to buy another so I can keep sampling Hedgebrook hospitality for myself. As Karen Joy Fowler writes, "Nobody goes to Hedgebrook for the food. But everyone would stay for it if only they could."