The Good Food Revolution

The Good Food Revolution
Author: Will Allen,Charles Wilson
Publsiher: Avery
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 1592407609
ISBN 13: 9781592407606
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good Food Revolution Book Review:

"A MacArthur ""Genius Award"" recipient and co-launcher of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! program describes his early experiences as a sharecropper's son and a KFC executive before building a preeminent urban farm to feed, educate and employ thousands of at-risk youths."

The Good Food Revolution

The Good Food Revolution
Author: Will Allen
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2012-05-10
ISBN 10: 1101577886
ISBN 13: 9781101577882
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good Food Revolution Book Review:

A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities. The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents. In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm—a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country. An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats.

The Good Food Revolution

The Good Food Revolution
Author: Will Allen,Charles Wilson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 283
Release: 2013
ISBN 10: 1592407609
ISBN 13: 9781592407606
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good Food Revolution Book Review:

"A MacArthur ""Genius Award"" recipient and co-launcher of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! program describes his early experiences as a sharecropper's son and a KFC executive before building a preeminent urban farm to feed, educate and employ thousands of at-risk youths."

The New Farm

The New Farm
Author: Brent Preston
Publsiher: Random House Canada
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2017-05-02
ISBN 10: 0345811879
ISBN 13: 9780345811875
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Farm Book Review:

The inspiring and sometimes hilarious story of a family that quit the rat race and left the city to live out their ideals on an organic farm, and ended up building a model for a new kind of agriculture. You know those books where the city folks move to the country and have all kinds of crazy misadventures? Where the barnyard is a place of bucolic harmony and each passing season brings the author closer to understanding his proper place in the natural order? You know those books where the primary objective is not so much farming, but writing about farming? This isn’t that kind of book. It’s true that Brent Preston and Gillian Flies did leave the city and move to the country, and they did make a lot of stupid mistakes, some of which are pretty funny in hindsight. But their goal from the beginning was to build a real farm, one that would sustain their family, heal their environment, and nourish their community. It was a goal that was achieved not through bucolic self-reflection, but through a decade of grinding toil and perseverance. Told with humour and heart in Preston’s unflinchingly honest voice, The New Farm is the story of one family’s transition from die-hard urbanites to bona fide farmers and passionate advocates for a more just and sustainable food system. It’s the story of how a couple of young professionals learned not just how to grow food, but how to succeed at the business of farming. And it’s the story of how a small, sustainable, organic farm ended up providing not just a livelihood, but a happy, meaningful and fulfilling way of life.

The Urban Food Revolution

The Urban Food Revolution
Author: Peter Ladner
Publsiher: New Society Publishers
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-11-15
ISBN 10: 1550924885
ISBN 13: 9781550924886
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Urban Food Revolution Book Review:

Our reliance on industrial agriculture has resulted in a food supply riddled with hidden environmental, economic, and health care costs and beset by rising food prices. With only a handful of corporations responsible for the lion’s share of the food on our supermarket shelves, we are incredibly vulnerable to supply chain disruption. The Urban Food Revolution provides a recipe for community food security based on leading innovations across North America. The author draws on his political and business experience to show that we have all the necessary ingredients to ensure that local, fresh sustainable food is affordable and widely available. He describes how cities are bringing food production home by: *Growing community through neighborhood gardening, cooking, and composting programs *Rebuilding local food processing, storage, and distribution systems *Investing in farmers markets and community supported agriculture *Reducing obesity through local fresh food initiatives in schools, colleges, and universities *Ending inner-city food deserts Producing food locally makes people healthier, alleviates poverty, creates jobs, and makes cities safer and more beautiful. The Urban Food Revolution is an essential resource for anyone who has lost confidence in the global industrial food system and wants practical advice on how to join the local food revolution. Peter Ladner has served two terms as a Vancouver City Councilor. With more than thirty-five years of journalistic experience, he is a frequent speaker on community issues and has a special interest in the intersection of food policy and city planning.

Food and the City

Food and the City
Author: Jennifer Cockrall-King
Publsiher: Prometheus Books
Total Pages: 372
Release: 2012-02-14
ISBN 10: 1616144599
ISBN 13: 9781616144593
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Food and the City Book Review:

A global movement to take back our food is growing. The future of farming is in our hands—and in our cities. This book examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits, and taking their "food security" into their own hands. The author, an award-winning food journalist, sought out leaders in the urban-agriculture movement and visited cities successfully dealing with "food deserts." What she found was not just a niche concern of activists but a global movement that cuts across the private and public spheres, economic classes, and cultures. She describes a global movement happening from London and Paris to Vancouver and New York to establish alternatives to the monolithic globally integrated supermarket model. A cadre of forward-looking, innovative people has created growing spaces in cities: on rooftops, backyards, vacant lots, along roadways, and even in "vertical farms." Whether it’s a community public orchard supplying the needs of local residents or an urban farm that has reclaimed a derelict inner city lot to grow and sell premium market veggies to restaurant chefs, the urban food revolution is clearly underway and working. This book is an exciting, fascinating chronicle of a game-changing movement, a rebellion against the industrial food behemoth, and a reclaiming of communities to grow, distribute, and eat locally.

The Real Food Revolution

The Real Food Revolution
Author: Tim Ryan
Publsiher: Hay House Incorporated
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2015-10-13
ISBN 10: 1401946402
ISBN 13: 9781401946401
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Real Food Revolution Book Review:

"Today a buck gets you a quick burger (or two), but what's the real cost of that meal? The rates of chronic disease--specifically diseases like diabetes, caused by our lifestyles--have grown exponentially in recent years, edging medical expenses ever higher while threatening to give America its first generation to actually live shorter lives than their parents. Unfortunately finding good nutrition is no walk in the park, with more and more Americans living in cities, far from a farmer's field. To overcome distance and undercut price, we rely on industry to put dinner on the table--yet this system has valued efficiency and short-term profits over our own health and the health of our environment. So how do we keep America thriving? Congressman Tim Ryan may have a soft spot for chicken wings and ice cream, but he also knows the joy of farm-fresh produce and the feel of soil between his fingers. Here he presents easy, actionable steps that anyone can take, from starting an herb garden on your windowsill to helping implement food education in your child's school to petitioning your elected officials. Ryan also introduces some of the current food revolutionaries, who are shining examples of people who saw a problem with how we think about food today, rolled up their sleeves, and raised a crop of positive change. The commonsense ideas in these pages come big (replacing dilapidated neighborhoods with farms) and small (sitting down for a fresh, healthy meal with your family), and each will help you improve the quality of life for you and future generations"--

Discriminating Taste

Discriminating Taste
Author: S. Margot Finn
Publsiher: Rutgers University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2017-04-24
ISBN 10: 0813576881
ISBN 13: 9780813576886
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discriminating Taste Book Review:

For the past four decades, increasing numbers of Americans have started paying greater attention to the food they eat, buying organic vegetables, drinking fine wines, and seeking out exotic cuisines. Yet they are often equally passionate about the items they refuse to eat: processed foods, generic brands, high-carb meals. While they may care deeply about issues like nutrition and sustainable agriculture, these discriminating diners also seek to differentiate themselves from the unrefined eater, the common person who lives on junk food. Discriminating Taste argues that the rise of gourmet, ethnic, diet, and organic foods must be understood in tandem with the ever-widening income inequality gap. Offering an illuminating historical perspective on our current food trends, S. Margot Finn draws numerous parallels with the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, an era infamous for its class divisions, when gourmet dinners, international cuisines, slimming diets, and pure foods first became fads. Examining a diverse set of cultural touchstones ranging from Ratatouille to The Biggest Loser, Finn identifies the key ways that “good food” has become conflated with high status. She also considers how these taste hierarchies serve as a distraction, leading middle-class professionals to focus on small acts of glamorous and virtuous consumption while ignoring their class’s larger economic stagnation. A provocative look at the ideology of contemporary food culture, Discriminating Taste teaches us to question the maxim that you are what you eat.

The 31 Day Food Revolution

The 31 Day Food Revolution
Author: Ocean Robbins
Publsiher: Hay House, Inc
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019-02-05
ISBN 10: 1788172388
ISBN 13: 9781788172387
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The 31 Day Food Revolution Book Review:

A step-by-step guide to revolutionize your diet and launch you on the path to long-term health in just one month, written by Ocean Robbins, CEO of the Food Revolution Network. The 31-Day Food Revolution is an eater's guide to liberation from a toxic food world. It offers readers an action plan to eating food that is healthy, humane, sustainable, and delicious. In recent years, we have seen people beginning to seek out more wholesome and natural diets to combat ill health, but with all the information available out there, finding the right path to health can be confusing and frustrating. In this book, Ocean Robbins, CEO of the Food Revolution Network, reveals the dark secrets the food industry doesn't want you to know that are making you and the people you love sick. He then shows you how, in just 31 days, you can use the healing power of foods to heal your gut, lose excess weight, dramatically lower your risk for diseases including cancer, heart disease, dementia, and diabetes - and contribute to a healthier planet. This is not a typical diet book: it doesn't fit into a particular 'diet' like vegan, paleo or sugar-free. Rather, it aims to educate the readers about the impact of nutrition on their long-term health, and does so from a strong scientific foundation. The steps in this book have been field-tested on the Food Revolution Network community and have been proven to work in medical studies as well as in Robbins' own body of work. But these are presented in a digestible way, so that however little knowledge you have of food and the food industry, you can begin to make healthier choices right now. The book is divided into 31 chapters - one for each day, to help readers adopt new healthy habits until they became the new normal.

Voices of the Food Revolution

Voices of the Food Revolution
Author: Robbins, John,Robbins, Ocean
Publsiher: Conari Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2013-05-01
ISBN 10: 1573246247
ISBN 13: 9781573246248
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Voices of the Food Revolution Book Review:

Did you know that: More than 80% of the foods you eat in restaurants and buy at supermarkets contain genetically engineered ingredients, and that these ingredients have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions in people; sickness, sterility, and fatalities in livestock; and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals?If you don't count French fries, ketchup or pizza as vegetables, more than half of Americans eat no vegetables at all?Cows raised for meat are impacting our climate more than cars?It’s possible to be a positive food revolutionary without sounding like a self-righteous nag? Join John and Ocean Robbins for 21 intimate, game-changing conversations with some of the world’s leading “food revolutionaries”: scientists, doctors, teachers, farmers, economists, activists, and nutritionists working on food issues today. Introduced and with commentary by John Robbins and his son Ocean, the book features luminaries such as: Dean Ornish, MD, on his years-in-the-making breakthrough with Medicare (his program for healing heart disease is now covered)Kathy Freston on making incremental, manageable changes to how we eatT. Colin Campbell, PhD, (author of the famed China Study) with the latest research on animal protein and human healthJoel Fuhrman, MD (author of the bestselling Eat to Live), on achieving excellent health through dietCaldwell Esselstyn, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic on wiping out heart disease by changing what we eatVandana Shiva, PhD, on GMOs and Big AgRory Freedman on how to stop eating misery and start looking fabulousRaj Patel on building a saner global food policy Each contributor discusses his or her work in depth, but together they make one rallying cry: for a healthy, sustainable, humane, and delicious revolution in how we and the world are fed. Over twenty-five years ago John Robbins started a revolution. This book is proof of how far we’ve come, a fascinating look behind the scenes of the multi-faceted food movement, and a call to join in the work of ensuring our health and food future.

Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture
Author: David Tracey
Publsiher: New Society Publishers
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2011-04-26
ISBN 10: 1550924737
ISBN 13: 9781550924732
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Urban Agriculture Book Review:

Urban Agriculture is packed with ideas and designs for anyone interested in joining the new food revolution. First-time farmers and green thumbs alike will find advice on growing healthy, delicious, affordable food in urban settings. From condo balconies to community orchards, cities are coming alive with crops. Get growing!

Take Back the Tray

Take Back the Tray
Author: Joshna Maharaj
Publsiher: ECW Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2020-05-05
ISBN 10: 1773054856
ISBN 13: 9781773054858
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Back the Tray Book Review:

A beloved chef takes on institutional food and sparks a revolution Good food generally doesn’t arrive on a tray: hospital food is famously ridiculed, chronic student hunger is deemed a rite of passage, and prison meals are considered part of the punishment. But Chef Joshna Maharaj knows that institutional kitchens have the ability to produce good, nourishing food, because she’s been making it happen over the past 14 years. She’s served meals to people who’d otherwise go hungry, baked fresh scones for maternity ward mothers, and dished out wholesome, scratch-made soups to stressed-out undergrads. She’s determined to bring health, humanity, and hospitality back to institutional food while also building sustainability, supporting the local economy, and reinvigorating the work of frontline staff. Take Back the Tray is part manifesto, part memoir from the trenches, and a blueprint for reclaiming control from corporations and brutal bottom lines. Maharaj reconnects food with health, wellness, education, and rehabilitation in a way that serves people, not just budgets, and proves change is possible with honest, sustained commitment on all levels, from government right down to the person sorting the trash. The need is clear, the time is now, and this revolution is delicious.

Chew On This

Chew On This
Author: Charles Wilson,Eric Schlosser
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-08-15
ISBN 10: 0547531168
ISBN 13: 9780547531168
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Chew On This Book Review:

Kids love fast food. And the fast food industry definitely loves kids. It couldn’t survive without them. Did you know that the biggest toy company in the world is McDonald’s? It’s true. In fact, one out of every three toys given to a child in the United States each year is from a fast food restaurant. Not only has fast food reached into the toy industry, it’s moving into our schools. One out of every five public schools in the United States now serves brand name fast food. But do kids know what they’re eating? Where do fast food hamburgers come from? And what makes those fries taste so good? When Eric Schlosser’s best-selling book, Fast Food Nation, was published for adults in 2001, many called for his groundbreaking insight to be shared with young people. Now Schlosser, along with co-writer Charles Wilson, has investigated the subject further, uncovering new facts children need to know. In Chew On This, they share with kids the fascinating and sometimes frightening truth about what lurks between those sesame seed buns, what a chicken ‘nugget’ really is, and how the fast food industry has been feeding off children for generations.

Inside the California Food Revolution

Inside the California Food Revolution
Author: Joyce Goldstein
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2013-09-06
ISBN 10: 0520956702
ISBN 13: 9780520956704
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Inside the California Food Revolution Book Review:

In this authoritative and immensely readable insider’s account, celebrated cookbook author and former chef Joyce Goldstein traces the development of California cuisine from its formative years in the 1970s to 2000, when farm-to-table, foraging, and fusion cooking had become part of the national vocabulary. Interviews with almost two hundred chefs, purveyors, artisans, winemakers, and food writers bring to life an approach to cooking grounded in passion, bold innovation, and a dedication to "flavor first." Goldstein explains how the counterculture movement in the West gave rise to a restaurant culture characterized by open kitchens, women in leadership positions, and a surprising number of chefs and artisanal food producers who lacked formal training. The new cuisine challenged the conventional kitchen hierarchy and French dominance in fine dining, leading to a more egalitarian and informal food scene. In weaving Goldstein’s views on California food culture with profiles of those who played a part in its development—from Alice Waters to Bill Niman to Wolfgang Puck—Inside the California Food Revolution demonstrates that, while fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients are iconic in California, what transforms these elements into a unique cuisine is a distinctly Western culture of openness, creativity, and collaboration. Engagingly written and full of captivating anecdotes, this book shows how the inspirations that emerged in California went on to transform the experience of eating throughout the United States and the world.

Jamie s Food Revolution

Jamie s Food Revolution
Author: Jamie Oliver
Publsiher: Hyperion
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2011-04-05
ISBN 10: 9781401310479
ISBN 13: 1401310478
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jamie s Food Revolution Book Review:

Cooking good food from scratch is a skill that can save you money, keep you healthy, and make you and your family and friends happy. What I’ve tried to do in this book is pick a whole load of meals that we all love to eat and break them down to make them as simple as possible. There are plenty of clear instructions and step-by-step pictures, so whether you’re an accomplished cook or a complete beginner, you’ll be able to enjoy cooking and achieve great results in the kitchen. This book is inspired by all the people I’ve met who thought they could never and would never learn how to cook. I believe that good home cooking is one of the most essential, fundamental skills that every single person on this planet should have in order to look after themselves, their families, and their friends. This food revolution is all about people learning how to make a recipe, then teaching that recipe to their friends and family . . . if enough people do this, pretty soon everyone will be cooking. So cook something today, then PASS IT ON!

The Way We Eat Now

The Way We Eat Now
Author: Bee Wilson
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-05-07
ISBN 10: 0465093981
ISBN 13: 9780465093984
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Way We Eat Now Book Review:

An award-winning food writer takes us on a global tour of what the world eats--and shows us how we can change it for the better Food is one of life's great joys. So why has eating become such a source of anxiety and confusion? Bee Wilson shows that in two generations the world has undergone a massive shift from traditional, limited diets to more globalized ways of eating, from bubble tea to quinoa, from Soylent to meal kits. Paradoxically, our diets are getting healthier and less healthy at the same time. For some, there has never been a happier food era than today: a time of unusual herbs, farmers' markets, and internet recipe swaps. Yet modern food also kills--diabetes and heart disease are on the rise everywhere on earth. This is a book about the good, the terrible, and the avocado toast. A riveting exploration of the hidden forces behind what we eat, The Way We Eat Now explains how this food revolution has transformed our bodies, our social lives, and the world we live in.

Living High Off the Hog

Living High Off the Hog
Author: Michael Olson
Publsiher: Appetite by Random House
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-09-17
ISBN 10: 0147531179
ISBN 13: 9780147531179
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living High Off the Hog Book Review:

A carnivore's love letter to one of the most versatile, affordable and tasty types of meat: pork. After 30 years as a professional chef, Michael Olson knows how to get the most out of his food. These days, he's also a teacher and dinner-maker-in-chief, so he understands what home cooks are looking for when it's time to eat. In Living High Off the Hog, Michael shares his wealth of knowledge and over 100 of his favorite pork recipes. First, he gives you a rundown on everything you need to know about pork--how to buy, store, butcher and prep various cuts, along with special sections on deli meats, charcuterie and BBQ. From there, he shares his must-have pantry items and most-used cooking techniques to set you up for success as you work through four extensive recipe chapters: The Deli Counter, Ground and Diced, Chops and Steaks and Roasts and Big Cuts. With recipes like Bacon Okonomiyaki, Caramelized Chili Pork with Peanuts & Lime, Schnitzel and Crispy Pork Belly, you'll find a huge variety of tastes and textures to explore. For special occasions, you can dig deep into the low-and-slow world of BBQ and experiment with one of his recipes for ribs, learn a new skill with a porchetta roast, or go hog wild and try your hand at roasting a whole pig. With Michael's expert guidance, sense of humor and warm encouragement, you'll find recipes and learn techniques to cook familiar classics, as well as expand beyond your regular repertoire with exciting new ideas for all cuts of pork. Whether he's cooking a laid-back meal with his wife, fellow chef Anna Olson, or entertaining a large group, Michael's main goal is to create simple yet delicious dishes from scratch, and enjoy them with those he loves. For Michael, that's what "living high off the hog" is--the good life of combining good food and great company around your table.

The Telling Room

The Telling Room
Author: Michael Paterniti
Publsiher: Dial Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2013-07-30
ISBN 10: 081299454X
ISBN 13: 9780812994544
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Telling Room Book Review:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • Entertainment Weekly • Kirkus Reviews • The Christian Science Monitor In the picturesque village of Guzmán, Spain, in a cave dug into a hillside on the edge of town, an ancient door leads to a cramped limestone chamber known as “the telling room.” Containing nothing but a wooden table and two benches, this is where villagers have gathered for centuries to share their stories and secrets—usually accompanied by copious amounts of wine. It was here, in the summer of 2000, that Michael Paterniti found himself listening to a larger-than-life Spanish cheesemaker named Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras as he spun an odd and compelling tale about a piece of cheese. An unusual piece of cheese. Made from an old family recipe, Ambrosio’s cheese was reputed to be among the finest in the world, and was said to hold mystical qualities. Eating it, some claimed, conjured long-lost memories. But then, Ambrosio said, things had gone horribly wrong. . . . By the time the two men exited the telling room that evening, Paterniti was hooked. Soon he was fully embroiled in village life, relocating his young family to Guzmán in order to chase the truth about this cheese and explore the fairy tale–like place where the villagers conversed with farm animals, lived by an ancient Castilian code of honor, and made their wine and food by hand, from the grapes growing on a nearby hill and the flocks of sheep floating over the Meseta. What Paterniti ultimately discovers there in the highlands of Castile is nothing like the idyllic slow-food fable he first imagined. Instead, he’s sucked into the heart of an unfolding mystery, a blood feud that includes accusations of betrayal and theft, death threats, and a murder plot. As the village begins to spill its long-held secrets, Paterniti finds himself implicated in the very story he is writing. Equal parts mystery and memoir, travelogue and history, The Telling Room is an astonishing work of literary nonfiction by one of our most accomplished storytellers. A moving exploration of happiness, friendship, and betrayal, The Telling Room introduces us to Ambrosio Molinos de las Heras, an unforgettable real-life literary hero, while also holding a mirror up to the world, fully alive to the power of stories that define and sustain us. Praise for The Telling Room “Captivating . . . Paterniti’s writing sings, whether he’s talking about how food activates memory, or the joys of watching his children grow.”—NPR

30 Easy Ways to Join the Food Revolution

30 Easy Ways to Join the Food Revolution
Author: Ollie Hunter
Publsiher: Pavilion
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2020-02-06
ISBN 10: 1911663224
ISBN 13: 9781911663225
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

30 Easy Ways to Join the Food Revolution Book Review:

30 Easy Ways

Day of Honey

Day of Honey
Author: Annia Ciezadlo
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 382
Release: 2012-02-14
ISBN 10: 1416583947
ISBN 13: 9781416583943
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Day of Honey Book Review:

The author discusses her marriage to a man from Beirut, the bond she forged with her Lebanese in-laws, and how she found love, good food, and a meaningful life, despite dividing her time between wartorn Iraq and Lebanon.