In Full Moon Feast, chef and passionate food activist Jessica Prentice champions locally grown, humanely raised, nutrient-rich foods and traditional cooking methods. The book follows the thirteen lunar cycles of an agrarian year, from the midwinter Hunger Moon and the springtime sweetness of the Sap Moon to the bounty of the Moon When Salmon Return to Earth in autumn. Each chapter includes recipes that display the richly satisfying flavours of foods tied to the ancient rhythm of the seasons. Prentice decries our modern food culture: megafarms and factories, the chemically processed ghosts of real foods in our diets, and the suffering - physical, emotional, cultural, communal, and spiritual - born of a lack of connection to our food sources. But Full Moon Feast is a celebration, t a dirge. Prentice has emerged from her own early struggles with food to offer health, urishment, and fulfillment to her readers. She recounts her relationships with local farmers alongside ancient harvest legends and methods of food preparation from indigeus cultures around the world. Combining radical nutrition, keen agri-political acumen, and a spiritual sensibility that draws from indigeus as well as Western traditions, Full Moon Feast is a call to reconnect to our food, our land, and each other.
Jessica Prentice is a professional chef, food activist, speaker, and founder of Wise Food Ways. She is also a cofounder of Locavores and the Eat Local Challenge (www.locavores.com). She teaches classes in the San Francisco Bay Area that empower students to cook nourishing meals based on locally grown, ethically sound ingredients. She lives in Richmond, California.