On this week’s episode of Eat Your Words, host Cathy Erway is joined by writer Adam Federman, author of Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray. Federman tells the remarkable―and until now untold―life story of Patience Gray, author of the celebrated cookbook Honey from a Weed. Gray 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. Her influence, particularly among chefs and other food writers, has had a lasting and profound effect on the way we view and celebrate good food and regional cuisines. Gray’s prescience was unrivaled: She wrote about what today we would call the Slow Food movement―from foraging to eating locally―long before it became part of the cultural mainstream.

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