Monday, October 08, 2007

The Zorba Diet Endorsed by Barbara Kingsolver: Stuff Yourself with Cherries

Writer, Barbara Kingsolver tells this story in her journal, written during her ‘food sabbatical’:

“In Nikos Kazantzakis’s novel, Zorba the Greek, the pallid narrator frets a lot about his weaknesses of the flesh. He lies awake at night worrying about the infinite varieties of lust that call to him from this world; for example, cherries. He’s way too fond of cherries. Zorba tells him, Well then, I’m afraid what you must do is stand under the tree, collect as big a bowl full, and stuff yourself. Eat cherries like they’re going out of season.”

Source: Barbara Kingsolver with Steven L Hopp & Camille Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: Our Year of Seasonal Eating (London: Faber & Faber, 2007), 22.

A review of this book is found at Reviewing Books and Movies.

Image: “Eat cherries like they’re going out of season.”