The perpetual queen of my bookshelf. This is a cookbook that had a very transformative effect on me when I read it for the first time years ago.
Following her partner, the sculptor Norman Mommens, British food writer Patience Gray journeys to Greece, Italy and Spain in the 60s. She calls it "a marble odyssey", Mommens had a passion for marble and sedimentary rocks.
Patience Gray's understanding of the Mediterranean and its ways is such deeply rooted in tradition, her knowledge so encyclopedic.
In the introduction, she writes:
"In my view it was not necessarily the chefs of prelates and princes who invented dishes. Country people and fishermen created them, great chefs refined them and wrote them down. In Latin countries, because of inborn conservatism, the tradition is alive and we can learn from it, that is, learning from people who have never read a book."
London, 2009, published by Prospect Books. Honey From a Weed was first published in 1986 by Prospect Books.
Softcover. 374 pages. Black & white illustrations.