BOTANY, BALLET, & DINNER FROM SCRATCH: A MEMOIR WITH RECIPES, by Leda Meredith
“In this engaging memoir filled with mouth-watering recipes, Leda Meredith recounts a lifetime of urban foraging adventures. Begun in early childhood harvesting horta in San Francisco with her Greek great-grandmother, Meredith’s foraging ways bring continuity and meaning to her life’s twists and turns, as she repeatedly finds healing through her connection to food. This book is sure to inspire readers to find pleasure in what is close at hand.” –Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation and The Revolution will not be Microwaved.
“Leda Meredith’s book is deeply ethical – she is the sort of woman who puts her money where her mouth is – inspiring, thought-provoking, and most importantly lovely. She writes about her trials and her successes, her passions and her private personal horrors with a never ending tone of hope and possibility. She never whines or preaches. She offers her own insights into the life well lived, and invites readers to do the same. Most importantly, she does not insist that you do any of the things she has done (thank god – I don’t think my ballet en pointe is every going to measure up), or even that you believe everything she believes (I don’t), she merely invites readers to live with passion and feeling and depth.”–Justin Allen, author of Slaves of the Shinar.