It's hard to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us. Many of you are still recovering from Sandy, and the losses have been profound. For some, the idea of celebration and giving thanks is a remote and ironic concept in the face of such devastation. But I am deeply thankful. My family is alive. At the end of the day, we are defined not by what we have, but by who we are. And in NYC I have been deeply moved by the care and sharing that so many people have modeled. I waited out the storm at a distance of 3500 miles, and those days were pure anguish. My daughter and husband were in New York, and all I could do was pray. And get on the first plane east. I am here, doing what I can to help and bring comfort to a city in shock. I'm eating a lot of soup. It helps me ground and feel nourished so I can nourish others.
As we approach the actual holiday, you may want to consider a deeper kind of food. Some call it slow food, some call it food for the soul, some call it local. I call it good: it is real food prepared with love and consciousness, designed for a flexitarian table (turkey eaters and vegetarians alike). It is chef's food, sensual and delicious, simple yet complex in flavor. These Favorite Whole Foods Thanksgiving Recipes cover everything from soup to dessert, and include a couple of wonderful vegan entrees as well as a fabulous brined turkey with port wine gravy. The list is a love song to real food and I hope you'll enjoy it.
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