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Graze-published essay appears in Best Food Writing 2013
Paul Graham's piece "Variations on Grace," which first appeared in graze // issue three, has been republished in Holly Hughes' compendium Best Food Writing 2013. The annual publication features food writing from a variety of sources and approaches.
One review of this year's BFW, which appears on The Literary Omnivore, comments extensively on Paul's essay:
The spiritual edge implied in this piece is expanded upon in “Variations on Grace,” Paul Graham’s meditation on being a locavore (although he states that the term is a bit too hip and trendy to get at the more constant spiritual concept he means). While my parents did say grace, more or less, throughout my childhood, my lack of a religious upbringing meant that I didn’t understand why we said it. Graham focuses on the link between his community and his food; not being able to buy fruit out of season puts him more in touch with the rhythms of his own environment, for instance. When Graham says grace over a meal, he is acutely aware of all the work that went into it. Grace, then, is a ritual of gratitude, meant to sharpen your appreciation for the food in front of you. I have accordingly decided to start to compile poems to say over meals.
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