In the words of my favorite food writer, MFK Fisher,
“People ask me: Why do you write about food, and eating and drinking? Why don’t you write about the struggle for power and security, and about love, the way others do? The easiest answer is to say that, like most other humans, I am hungry. But there is more than that. It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that one cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it…and the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…and it is all one.”
There’s more to food than what we put into our mouths, our relationship with each bite connecting us all the way back to the farm workers and seed patenting companies, and tangled up in the hunger for security and satisfaction. Food is one of the simplest needs in the world, and also, somehow, one of the most confusing. It’s no wonder we talk and write and think about it so much.
You’ll probably be relieved to hear that “Done with Dieting” is a non-diet. It’s during these winter months when relentless commercials for Jenny Craig and the Bownaster-Flex, coupled with inescapable facebook thumbnails peddling the “Celebrity Diet” start to feel abrasive. Who are these people to tell me how I should eat, or look, anyway?
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Soul-Full Eating by Maureen Whitehouse
VIA KATYA SLIVINSKAYA
For me, food has always been more about joy than health, so I was happy as I turned the pages of this hefty read to find much talk about the enrichment of the soul. Although the gentle, far-from-preachy voice of the author takes us through the many food paradigms of the diet world (finally!), acknowledging its myriad confusing contradictions, the term “nutrition book” would be a misnomer for this one. Its scope is much broader, linking the way we eat to as many avenues of life as you can think of. Everything about Soul-Full Eating is comforting, which makes it a good one to keep around rather than reading once and tossing.
Foreword Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008
From Birth to Enlightenment
by Kristine Morris
The spiritual path calls seekers to be mindful of the grace and beauty, as well as the pain and suffering, present in even the most mundane human life. From birth to enlightenment, the human journey to wholeness need not be taken alone; it is best taken in the company of wise, loving, and inspiring companions such as the authors here included. Their books can help readers capture the magic, heal, and mend the broken places, and finally arrive at the most desired “peace that passes understanding.” (more…)
I found this book captivating; I was expecting a cookbook of sorts but instead found a wonderful blend of nutritional handbook and spiritual guide. The author wants us to return to a time when eating food, the “most natural and innate part of existence” was “an enjoyable part of life” and not “an obstacle to surmount, a chore, or a situation to fear.”
(HealthNewsDigest.com) – There are so many obvious ways we can miss the opportunity to live a supremely fulfilling life. But what surprises most people is that fulfillment can be found through eating… that is, when you are choosing foods which resonate with your Soul! Here’s the key: Eat with love what’s grown with love, prepared with love, and served with love. (more…)
Spiritual Living by Graham Christian — Library Journal, 7/15/2007
Whitehouse’s journey toward this book is in itself a wonder: she was a model and talk-show host before her encounter with A Course in Miracles. Since then, she has become a popular speaker and writer and the creator of a process called the “E3 Transformational Triad”—none of which is required reading for this charming book. Neither a recipe book nor a diet plan, Whitehouse’s book helps readers negotiate their way through a variety of food choices while remaining aware of the spiritual implications of food and diet. For most collections.
Whitehouse, Maureen. Soul-Full Eating: A (Delicious) Path to Higher Consciousness. Axiom. 2007. c.422p. ISBN 978-0-9745869-6-0. $26.95. Diet/Nutrition/Health/Spirituality