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Fasting and Feasting

The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray

by Adam Federman

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For more than thirty years, Patience Gray — author of the celebrated cookbook Honey from a Weed — lived in a remote area of Puglia in southernmost Italy. She lived without electricity, modern plumbing, or a telephone, grew much of her own food, and gathered and ate wild plants alongside her neighbors in this economically impoverished region. In Fasting and Feasting, biographer Adam Federman tells her story.

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A portrait of Patience Gray taken in 1959 by a colleague at the Observer. A British food writer, Gray advocated slow food and foraging long before the rest of the food world. Her work had outsized influence on chefs from Alice Waters on. A new biography tells her story. Photo by David Sim hide caption

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Photo by David Sim