An Onion in My Pocket: My Life with Vegetables


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$26.95  $24.79
Knopf Publishing Group
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6.1 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Deborah Madison is the award-winning author of fourteen cookbooks, including The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone and Vegetable Literacy. Her books have received four James Beard Foundation Book Awards and five awards from the IACP; she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame in 2016 and the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in 2005. She lives in New Mexico.


"I love vegetables; hence, I have always felt a kindred spirit, and enjoyed reading and cooking from Deborah's books. An Onion in My Pocket is a true delight to read as she uncovers her love for all real foods, peeling off layer by layer like an onion, recounting her own personal, culinary, and gardening experiences, and her adventures with family and friends. It's a most timely book and a joy to read."
--Lidia Bastianich

"I dare you to cut into any part of this edible memoir and not eat the whole thing in one ravenous gulp. To eat Deborah's words as she serves them up is to feast on food, life, love, art, beauty, purpose, and possibility. She unfolds her story with the sweet freshness and pungency of the onion in her pocket she has garnered from the world's markets to share here and now with us."
--Betty Fussell, writer, food historian, and author of Eat, Live, Love, Die Selected Essays

"I came to S. F. Zen Center in 1974 and Deborah Madison was a senior student, with a standing that made a new student like me flinch by her in the hall, eyes averted. I felt like she was breaking trail for me then, and she continues to this day. Her food is tantalizing and nourishing, and her prose is breezy, lucid and as beautiful as her presentations on the plate. I've got all her cookbooks tagged and ear-marked, stained from constant use, and I'll devour this new one like a tasty sandwich after a hard morning's work."
--Peter Coyote, Zen priest, actor, author of Sleeping Where I Fall and The Rainman's Third Cure

"Deborah Madison has written a delicious memoir recounting her odyssey of growing up in the breadbasket of 1950s central California to her decades as a Buddhist monk at the San Francisco Zen Center, leading to her becoming the founding chef of Greens and multi-award winning cookbook author, and forever changing the way America thinks about vegetables and vegetarian food. This is a story about flavor, sustenance, and nurturing at their purest, and how one remarkable woman literally turned the tables on a young nation madly in love with masses of meat, teaching us to savor every leaf, grain, and bit of earthly goodness. A delight."
--Elissa Altman, author of Motherland and Poor Man's Feast

"An Onion in My Pocket is a riveting account of how Deborah Madison's previous 20-year incarnation as a serious student of Zen Buddhism prepared her to become the consummate vegetarian cook and cookbook writer. We are all fortunate that she loves vegetables--and healthier as a result."
--Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, New York University, and author of Food Politics