I have learned to notice the splendour of life even in the slimiest of creatures. I have found beauty in what I used to perceive as ugly. Slowly I have learned to love that which is difficult to love, both in myself and in others. Florencia Clifford is a zen cook. In this evocative and powerful book, we move seamlessly from Buddhist retreats in an isolated farmhouse in mid-Wales, to the hills of Florencia's childhood in Argentina, and back again. She describes her experiences in sensual detail: the subtle and magical shifts in herself, the seasons, and the people around her. Along the way, she shares her insights and many delicious vegetarian recipes. This is a journey of cooking and healing, taking us into a deep and luminous understanding of the food she prepares, and of the world around us. It tells of the growth of love, as the author learns to care for all beings, including the slugs in the title. This book features twenty original illustrations by artist Michaela Meadow.
Prologue. 1. A Welsh Farmhouse. 2. Retreat 1: The Little Girl. 3. Storms and Siestas. 4. Retreat 2: Learning the Ropes. 5. Tara. 6. Retreat 3: Dancing with Death. 7. La Granja. 8. Retreat 4: The Art of Cooking. 9. Porridge. 10. Retreat 5: Cooking in a New Kitchen. 11. Fina. 12. Retreat 6: The Pilgrim Cook. 13. Pomegranates. 14. Retreat 7: Death of a Teacher. 15. Ongamira. 16. Retreat 8: Countless Jewels. 17. Butterfly. 18. Retreat 9: Transformation. 19. Fly.