I settled into my window seat and cracked open the book, not sure what to expect. Just a few pages in, I felt like I had been invited into an intimate conversation with the author - no preaching, no proselytizing, no pontificating. We talked about her relationships, we talked about her travels, we talked about her childhood. Admittedly, the conversation was pretty one-sided, but it was still delightful. I nodded knowingly when she recounted the story of the Stone Soup. I giggled like a school child when she told me about trying to induce an orgy with a cardamom-laced apple crumble. And I teared up when she talked about the death of a dear friend.
Without giving away any of the plot twists, the hungry ghost refers to the Tao concept of people who are so desperate and clutchy that they are hungry even beyond the grave. But you don't have to be dead to be a hungry ghost! People are hungry, too - for food, sure, but also for love and meaning and human connections. This book aims to feed your inner hungry ghost, with both physical and emotional nourishment.
|* We'd better feed this hungry ghost before he eats the cat ... *|
All in all, I highly recommend this book. I can't speak to the recipes just yet, but the book is thoroughly entertaining and heart-warming. It gives you plenty to think about and gentle nudges to guide you on the road to satiating your own hungry ghost. I highly recommend it.
** Disclaimer: This book was provided to me by the publisher at no cost. The opinions and review given here are my own. My hungry ghost would not like it if I sold my ethics for a free book. **