Patience Gray dug in. She lived the life she wrote about–austere on Mediterranean islands–and connected the foodways she found to myth, history, and art. I return to her iconic book, Honey From a Weed for insight and example. I pull out her first work, the elegant little pocket book, Plats du Jour, whenever I’m feeling the need for nostalgic comfort. In this revealing biography, Federman finds the story of a unique and uncompromising woman.
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