Thanks to my wife and partner Emelyn Deal for her feedback and for her help with many of the recipes. Thanks to Patti Scherer for her watercolor of the goddess which appears on the front cover. When I first saw it, I was charmed immediately. In the complexity of the goddess’ expression, I see not only sadness and disappointment, but also strength and even an ultimate confidence that she will win in the end. Her victory will be to bring peace and justice to the world. I hope Patti’s watercolor helps you feel, more than just understand, this book.
Thanks to my adopted sister Betsy Reid for editing several of the many drafts of this book, for contributing most of the drawings in this book, and for teaching me a lot about cooking, gardening, politics, and botany. Her drawings appear on the following pages: 3, 19, 23, 26, 28, 35, 38, 46, 216, 223, 251, 267, 299, 304, 317, 330, 333, 334, 344, 347, 359, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 375, 376, 379, 380, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 389, 393, 394, 395, 396, and 404.
Thanks to my sister-in-law Valerie Pateño, nurse and aspiring artist, for the drawings in this book on the following pages: 53, 81, 91, 92, 99, 113, 122, 143, 179, 187, 190, and 229.
Thanks to good friend Sonia Telesco for her design, layout, and editorial feedback, and for the drawing of the couple facing each other in prayer on page 221.
Thanks to my mother, Elizabeth Deal, for teaching me several of the recipes in this book and for singing to me as a child. Mom died at 90, on May 30, 2007. She lived with us for the last five years of her life. I think the good diet she ate in her final years helped her. See www.JamesRobertDeal.com/Parents for more about her story.
Thanks to the reference staff at the Edmonds and Lynnwood Libraries for working so hard to obtain rare and out-of-print books from libraries across the country.