Sometimes there are books I think i should love and then do not. And, alas, this is one of them. I have loads of respect for Thich Nhat Hanh, a buudhist leader and thinker whose work impresses me in many ways. So, of course, as a foodie, I was thrilled to see that he had a book, together with Dr. Lilian Cheung entitled Savor: MIndful Eating, Mindful Life. The cover is lovely -- just a segment of orange calling out for the total immersion in the moment of savoring it. So, I bought it -- or it was bought for me, I cannot recall. We may in fact of purchased two copies, one for each of us. And yet, when I discovered it today in picking up around the house, all I could think was that it was not the read I wanted when I started it months ago -- nor am I tempted today. Now, part of this (admittedly written long before you see it on the web) is because the sun is shining in that totally great fall way. Part of it is because the book feels/felt more admonishing than I feel like. The focus is on nutrition and health, with a set of dietary and buddhist focuses on weight control. Somehow it feels weird.
The book begins by saying it teaches how to eat. And it offers mindful actions plans associated with weight loss and living well. The tone is kind of a how to book, and . . . well, it feels weird. And it is not because I do not want to be mindful about my eating (though sometimes I do not). Nor is it because I do not like reading how to books (sometimes I do). And, I definitely like reading about buddhism and/or books by buddhists like Thich Nhat Hanh. So, no diagnosis here.