What does it mean to “eat with grace”? The writers whose essays and poems are collected in this new volume from Orion have many answers, but they all come back to something essential: connection—with each other, with our inner selves, with the earth that sustains us. Whether foraging, baking, or gardening, the rituals of food can nourish us in ways both sensual and spiritual.
Here’s Darra Goldstein, editor of the food magazine Gastronomica, who provides the book’s foreword:
As we contemplate and observe food, it accrues meaning, particularly food we have labored over. No packaged product can yield the sense of revelation that occurs when acorns, painstakingly shucked, leached, dried, and ground, release their nutty flour; or when kneaded dough balloons into airiness under the heat of fire. When we eat good food, we smell and taste the earth, and thereby reconnect with it: this is what it means to eat with grace.
To Eat with Grace features work from Tamar Adler, Jane Hirshfield, Barbara Kingsolver, Maxine Kumin, Gary Paul Nabhan, and many others—pick up a copy today.