She’s known as “the Queen of Greens” and she has published a range of cookbooks that have established her as one of America’s authorities on vegetables, but "An Onion in My Pocket" is a memoir that tells a deeper story about Deborah Madison. In its pages we learn how Madison’s culinary awakening and her spiritual quest went hand in hand. She devoted nearly two decades of her life to service as a Buddhist priest, and she writes vividly about both the rigors of sesshin and the pangs of hunger that accompany long stretches of meditation. Even though the nature of her work ultimately shifted (she wound up cooking in the legendary kitchen at Chez Panisse in Northern California), it’s clear that her advocacy for the gifts of the garden is simply a different way of serving the planet.
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