Everything I Eat Nourishes Me, A Cookbook For The Body and Soul
For every diet expert who proclaims this is good for you and that is bad for you there’s a new expert who comes along a short time later and debunks the previous diet dogma. What’s a poor soul to do? According to the author, instead of looking outside for expert advice, learn to listen to your body’s internal wisdom. Fourier says in her introduction, “When we listen with our hearts, we hear the way to personal nourishment.”
This is a simple message but complex in execution and profound in its results. We have the internal wisdom to eat well, but it becomes less accessible as we tune it out in search of external validation. Learning to respect our inner voice, we learn to truly nourish ourselves. What are the stories our plates have to tell us? What are our memories of food from our youngest days? One of my favorite memories as a child in Iowa was sitting in my grandmother’s kitchen as she made a pie from apples she had just picked in her back yard. In the warmth of that glow was unconditional love, completeness and nourishment. Of course the resulting pie with vanilla ice cream (as I liked it) or sharp cheddar (as Grandpa liked it) was absolutely delicious.
Fourier consulted many people from all walks of life and all over the world to get their stories and recipes for the book. She spoke with artists, writers, chefs, teachers, psychotherapists and more. The delicious recipes include Santa Fean Randy Forrester’s Tailgate Seafood Paella at the Opera, and Ohioan Rachel Burgess’ deceptively simple Kale. The stories are the star here, creating the context for how the food came to be and why it is nourishing to the body and soul. This book is not only a feast for the stomach; it is even more a feast for the eyes and the soul. Lush photographs and Fourier’s lyrically beautiful art adorn this book.