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I don't consider myself very political, so I got this book for two reasons: I love Turshen's thoughtful approach to cooking and the title sounded something more seriously different about cooking which I really have been thinking about lately, i.e., food speaks to more than nourishing bodies, it aldo nourishes minds and emotions. Thank you for crystallization in a way I hadn't quite considered. Marx said (much more intelligently than I) that if he had someone philosophically by the age of six, he had them intellectually the rest of their lives, and when one adds in the full parameters of feeding them, it makes perfect sense. Thus, if I want someone to think as I do, act as I do, or simply as I would desire, I need to go all in. If I want to help them, change them, or indeed, change the world, I start simply and saintly, doing my best: feeding my culture, my religion, my hopes, doubts, fears and most of all, my love without any ideas attached, just feeding them to whomsoever was around at the moment. In some weird way this makes perfect sense. My father always said we were obligated by Life (or God) to leave our piece of the world better than we found it, down to wiping splashed water off the sink after washing our hands (even though my brother was a slob and left a wet mess that wasn't my fault, dammit!) without blame or fault as to who made the mess, just fix it bcs you can. Julia Turshen seems to believe one can fix a lot with food. I humbly agree and it helps that there are some unique and wonderful recipes in this book. The simple sweet potatoes and starkly divine. The bread pudding is to die for. The causes are up to us as she points out: every cause is served better with food, and some of my own precious ones are even served better without my words. Good on, Julia. Sorry, but by the grace of Julia Child, a Julia speaking to the inherent justice, equality and love in food allows first person relationship with that cook forever. Cuidada, chica, you are heard well. Yes, five stars as the issue includes recipes, kitchens, hearts, minds, and souls.
I love a good cookbook and this does not disappoint in that regard. But what I like best about this book is that Julia Tershen used her skills and knowledge for her activism. This reinforces my belief that we don't need to be in the streets if that isn't where we can make the most impact on our cause. This book includes activist profiles and tips along with recipes focused on feeding large groups, portable food, and easy-to-prepare items. Perfect self-care for activists.