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Tales From a Zen Kitchen


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Table of Contents

Prologue. 1. A Welsh Farmhouse. 2. Retreat 1: The Little Girl. 3. Storms and Siestas. 4. Retreat 2: Learning the Ropes. 5. Tara. 6. Retreat 3: Dancing with Death. 7. La Granja. 8. Retreat 4: The Art of Cooking. 9. Porridge. 10. Retreat 5: Cooking in a New Kitchen. 11. Fina. 12. Retreat 6: The Pilgrim Cook. 13. Pomegranates. 14. Retreat 7: Death of a Teacher. 15. Ongamira. 16. Retreat 8: Countless Jewels. 17. Butterfly. 18. Retreat 9: Transformation. 19. Fly.

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Transform your relationship to life through Zen cooking

About the Author

Florencia Clifford was born and grew up in the city of Cordoba in Argentina. In 1994 she moved to York, where she lives with her family just outside the city walls. She has been working as a Zen cook for the past seven years.

Michaela Meadow grew up among the vibrant colours and open landscapes of South Africa, before moving to the UK. She graduated from University College Falmouth in 2011 and works as a freelance illustrator.


An intensely felt and highly personal description of the transformation of a Zen cook's life through cooking. Beautifully written, with flowering prose, this book will inspire anyone who cooks. -- Hilary Richards, Retreat Leader, Western Chan Fellowship
There are many delicious recipes tucked inside these pages, but the main one is this: in responding to each moment with authenticity, inquiry, compassion and mindfulness, we truly encounter the wonder of our lives. -- Ned Reiter, Zen Practitioner and Registered Medical Herbalist
Florencia's food feeds not just the body but the spirit. -- Judy Gray, York Steiner School
Put simply, Feeding Orchids to the Slugs is the best book I've ever thought I'd not want to read. -- Real Epicurean
The reader cannot help but be affected by this author's ability to see cooking as a joy and by the way her spirit shines through her words as she describes her recipes. She speaks of her cooking as a kind of alchemy - the transformation of basic ingredients into food. -- Green Spirit Magazine
Feeding Orchids to the Slugs is one of the most honest and moving accounts of an individual's personal journey that we have had the pleasure of reading. This is a book that we would strongly recommend to anyone. It would also make a perfect gift, being a carefully crafted hardback with superb illustrations by Michaela Meadow. -- Buddhist Book Reviews
I've read a few other reviews of 'Feeding Orchids to The Slugs' on the net to see how other people described it; "evocative" seems to be the word used the most, and I couldn't think of a better one myself. -- Real Epicurean
A Zen cook's life is transformed through cooking. Beautifully written, with flowing prose, this book will inspire anyone who cooks. -- Hilary Richards, Retreat Leader, Western Chan Fellowship

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