Fasting and Feasting

Fasting and Feasting For Than Thirty Years, Patience Gray Author Of The Celebrated Cookbook Honey From A Weed Lived In A Remote Area Of Puglia In Southernmost Italy She Lived Without Electricity, Modern Plumbing, Or A Telephone, Grew Much Of Her Own Food, And Gathered And Ate Wild Plants Alongside Her Neighbors In This Economically Impoverished Region She Was Fond Of Saying That She Wrote Only For Herself And Her Friends, Yet Her Growing Reputation Brought A Steady Stream Of International Visitors To Her Door This Simple And Isolated Life She Chose For Herself May Help Explain Her Relative Obscurity When Compared To The Other Great Food Writers Of Her Time M F K Fisher, Elizabeth David, And Julia Child.So It Is Not Surprising That When Gray Died In 2005, The BBC Described Her As An Almost Forgotten Culinary Star Yet Her Influence, Particularly Among Chefs And Other Food Writers, Has Had A Lasting And Profound Effect On The Way We View And Celebrate Good Food And Regional Cuisines Gray S Prescience Was Unrivaled She Wrote About What Today We Would Call The Slow Food Movement From Foraging To Eating Locally Long Before It Became Part Of The Cultural Mainstream Imagine If Michael Pollan Or Barbara Kingsolver Had Spent Several Decades Living Among Italian, Greek, And Catalan Peasants, Recording Their Recipes And The Significance Of Food And Food Gathering To Their Way Of Life.In Fasting And Feasting, Biographer Adam Federman Tells The Remarkable And Until Now Untold Life Story Of Patience Gray From Her Privileged And Intellectual Upbringing In England, To Her Trials As A Single Mother During World War II, To Her Career Working As A Designer, Editor, Translator, And Author, And Describing Her Travels And Culinary Adventures In Later Years A Fascinating And Spirited Woman, Patience Gray Was Very Much A Part Of Her Times But Very Clearly Ahead Of Them.

Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Fasting and Feasting book, this is one of the most wanted Adam Federman author readers around the world.

[Ebook] Fasting and Feasting  By Adam Federman –
  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Fasting and Feasting
  • Adam Federman
  • English
  • 17 November 2017
  • 9781603586085

10 thoughts on “Fasting and Feasting

  1. says:

    I was completely unprepared for what a wonderful read this would be I had never heard of Patience Gray until I came across an article recently about her It intrigued me enough to buy this book and I am so incredibly glad I did In Patience Gray I found a kindred wild spirit, and her story an inspiration on how to live an authentic life She was genuine to the core, and lived her life as such Her knowledge of food also far surpassed your typical recipe writing Throughout her life ...

  2. says:

    This is the most refreshing book I ve read in a long time Not being a a person who follows food writing, I was delighted by the life and values of Patience Gray She started a movement that in my opinion continues today with organic gardening, slow food and a true connec...

  3. says:

    What an interesting life, and a piece of food writing history that I wasn t aware of Gray sounds like a real piece of work, and to Federman s credit he lets you read between the lines when it comes to her persona and never pushes an opinion In a way that light touch makes this a flatter biography than it could have been, but I like the room for ambiguity around what kind of person she was as reflected by the truly hardcore lifestyle she and her partner adopted in the name of art and authenticity She writes of doing so may things a liberated woman should never do, yet her pursuit of her life s work cooking, gardening farming, writing about food, jewelry making was totally fierce and not in the least feminized She s a cool character.The image of figs falling on the breakfast table from the overhead tree Those were the best figs I ever had, Harold McGee said was wonderful And I m sorry, I do love the women s names here Patience, Primrose, Amaryllis, and two co...

  4. says:

    Patience Gray is perhaps one of the most fastinating people I have never heard of She lived the simple lifestyle even before hippies came to it The book itself namedrops quite a bit and it wasn t until the very end that I was familiar with some of...

  5. says:

    I was really excited to read this book when I read the description for it but as soon as I opened it I knew it was not going to be an easy read I definitely am so interested in Patience Gray she is a fascinating person and definitely deserving of acclaim and having a biography written about her I don t think Federman did the best job in making it readable, though He put in too much extraneous information too many names it seemed like a thesis than a biography to read for pleasure It s a great resource for people to read if they are interested in what Patience was passionate about and how she lived her life, but it s n...

  6. says:

    Patience Gray, whose work I have not read, comes across here as sometimes brilliant, but also difficult and distant Despite careful research, the biographer cannot seem to bring her to life perhaps because she did not, in the end, wish to be known except among her chosen intimates.

  7. says:

    Although an interesting book, it was not what I expected I was hoping for connections to culinary arts.

  8. says:

    This is a biography of the elusive Patience Gray She was born in England, raised two kids as a single mother with a lot of help from her own mother during and after WWII, In the 1950s she was part of the arts and literature scene she sold some designs for textiles and wall paper, taught at an art school, and even wrote for the Observer In 1958 she met Norman Mommens, and the two of them began a life together Norman was a sculptor and in the early 1960s they began to explore places to live near marble They lived in Naxos in Greece, and Carrara in Italy, then the the spring of 1970 they moved to remote Puglia, at the bottom of the heel of the boot that is Italy, where Patience spent the last 35 years of her life They bought 11 acres of deserted land, with stone buildings which had last been used to shelter animals The place had no running water or electricity, although it did have olive trees With the help of neighbors they learned how to produce their own food and wine Patience was an avid forager, and she devoted herself to learning the names and uses of the edible weeds and fungi Patience thought of herself as an anarchist, but both she and Norman dreamed of a community of artists Norman had students who came to work with him, and he exhibited at the Venice Biennial some years, and occasionally showed his work, despite the difficulties of transport Patience maintained an extensive correspondence with friends and w...

  9. says:

    Some biographies are written as novels, some are written as a PhD thesis this one is in the latter category Although I m interested in women s history and how pioneers in their fields proceed along their ground breaking journeys, sometimes it s not the facts and the names and the dates, but the ideas and the mistakes and the thoughts that you really crave This was so informative, perhaps too informative for my interes...

  10. says:

    A book to read in electronic format, as names are dropped with little than one word tags, although Wikipedia and obituaries don t get the reader very far in some instances.As well, Gray comes across as a singularly unattractive person Self described as an anarchist, Gray may have been so politically Her security file has gone missing There can be no doubt, though, ...

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