An idiosyncratic cookbook for the culinary enlightenment of the mind and the heart, combining perceptiveness with compassion and wisdom with sensuousness – for whenever we feel overwhelmed by our humanity
By turns lyrical and pragmatic, wise and eccentric, magical and humorous, Recipes for Sad Women is an experiment in literary medicine. Abad explains to his reader that sadness can be savoured, if not eschewed – but if we can’t guarantee happiness, we can still try to attract and sustain it. Whether you are seeking a remedy for guilt (triceratops horn, boiled for three weeks), melancholy (‘cauliflower in the mist’, seasoned with salty tears), the ‘contradictory confusion’ of life (‘Nothing to be done. Have a glass of water’), or simply bad breath (try rose petal ice cream) – Abad’s recipes are deliciously sharp and sweet culinary treatises on the human condition. Through this wonderful work of poetic prose Abad bewitches our senses, with the promise that ‘the cure is in the air the words exhale’.
‘I store up what I have read by Héctor Abad like spherical, polished, luminous little balls of bread, ready for when I have to walk through a vast forest in the night-time’ Manuel Rivas
Translated by Anne Mclean
Cover illustration: Gino Severini