Full Moon Feast: Review & Giveaway

Full Moon Feast: The Review

Full Moon Feast: The Hunger for Connection details a love of food, of wellness and most importantly – revives a traditional connection between food and nature’s rhythms.   Written by food activist and chef Jessica Prentice and published by the folks at Chelsea Green Publishing which also publishes titles like Wild Fermentation, Fresh Food from Small Spaces and Renewing America’s Food Traditions, Full Moon Feast is a classic read for the growing traditional and slow food movements.

More than a cookbook and more than a simple book about the love of food, Full Moon Feast is part food philosophy, part autobiography and peppered with   nourishing recipes.       Prentice extols the virtue of reclaiming lost connections and of finding value in the food traditions that nourished our ancestors.   Like so many traditional food activists, Prentice is a former vegan who healed herself through traditional foods including animal foods and wholesome fats.

Each chapter of Full Moon Feast addresses the seasonality of foods from the Hunger Moon of late winter when food is scarce to the Milk Moon which celebrates the value inherent in sweet, raw milks and creams.   Indeed, chapter by chapter, Prentice re-examines our lost connection to the earth, its rhythms and the food it provides.   She delves into food history and traditions throughout the world and the effects of a modern diet on both our bodies and our spirits.   A remarkable advocate of local food, Prentice explains the value inherent in seasonal eating and of understanding where our food comes from.

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Each chapter brings forth more information about traditional foods and the manner in which food has shaped human culture worldwide.   In the Egg Moon, Prentice outlines the differences between conventionally produced eggs from battery-cage hens versus farm-fresh eggs produced by Joel Salatin’s model of rotating cows and hens on pasture.   She also introduces us to the manner in which the Inuit traditionally dried fresh salmon roe and the nutritive value of all eggs.   In the Wort Moon, she sheds light on traditional ales and fermented drinks made from medicinal and flavorful herbs.   All in all, she addresses a special food in each of her thirteen chapters – completing the cycle with nourishing recipes that turn food philosophy into practical knowledge.

Even more valuable, Prentice outlines her own struggles with food: the self-denial and punitive philosophy accompanying the modern low-fat “health” food craze that leaves us unsated.   She outlines how a rigid adherence to a misguided, low-fat and animal-food-free diet can prove unhealthful in the end and how reclaiming traditional foods – in all their fermented, fat-dripping glory – can prove as wholesome and healthful for us as they did for our ancestors.

It truly is a remarkable book – and a must-read for anyone just becoming acquainted with the value of real food.   Fulfilling the promise of its title, Full Moon Feast truly satisfies a hunger for connection.

Full Moon Feast: the Giveaway

Shortly after I received a copy of Full Moon Feast from Chelsea Green, another copy landed in my lap leaving two on my bookshelf.   So, I’m happily sharing the love and giving away that second, clean copy.   Everyone can enter, and anyone can win.   There’s five ways to enter the contest, so up your odds!

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If you win please keep in mind that I work full-time and mother full-time and, with my husband, run a farmers market what seems like full-time even in the off-season so it might take me several weeks to pop your copy in the mail.   If you just can’t stand the anticipation, you can purchase a copy of Full Moon Feast and support Nourished Kitchen at the same time or visit your library to get a copy on loan.   The winner will be selected at random next Tuesday so enter away.

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What people are saying

  1. Laura says

    That book sounds wonderful! I haven’t read it yet, but I actually bought a copy for my sister a year or so ago. She adores it! I would love to have a copy of my own to peruse =)

  2. Heather says

    I would love to win this book! I am very interested in traditional foods/eating and I have recently started eating meat again after 15 years of being a vegetarian.

  3. Susan R says

    Ooooh, I’ve always wanted this book. But didn’t have too good an understanding until your informative article. I struggle to get beyond my raw milk/pastured egg/organic most-things, know-how. I am in a rut. Don’t know how to make most vegetable more palatable and need HELP!!!! :)

  4. Ryan says

    Ironically I just added this to my amazon wishlist, another blog I read had a guest list her favorite cookbooks and this one jumped out at me.

  5. says

    I have only read the Sally Fallon and Mary Enig books so far in my TF journey. I also have the Foxfire book of Appalachian Cookery. This book, thanks to your review, seems like it would be in line with my current thinking, and maybe help me with it. I’m loving TF eating and feel like it is so right as compared to up and down dieting.

    Check out Kelli’s last post: 10 Random Thoughts.

  6. Sheila says

    I have been meaning to buy this book for awhile now, so I’d looove to win!! I have just gotten into eating traditional foods in the last several months, so I have alot to learn and need some good recipes…I think I shall be visiting this blog often!! :D

  7. kate says

    I have this book from the library but would love a copy at home – it’s definitely a book that you keep going back to. One thing I love about the book is that it’s presented in a very nourishing way. The ideas within will challenge some but the presentation and general feel of the book is very supportive. And it makes traditional eating accessible more so than other books I have read.

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