My aunt is visiting us for a few days from Colombia. She is Venezuelan, but has been living in BogotÃ¡ for the greater part of a year now. When we were younger she would bring us jewelry, but now she brings us books of poetry or literature written in Spanish. This time she brought Tratado de Culinaria Para Mujeres Tristes by HÃ©ctor Abad Faciolince, a Colombian author that both she and my mother admire. The title in English is basically â€œCulinary Dealings for Sad Womenâ€, and is broken up into small chapters, which are usually a page long, in which he describes a universal problem, and then provides recipes and dietary recommendations to cure the ill. His recipes are basic, imaginary, and have a sense of humor. One of my favorite chapters is about how to deal with pregnant women and their cravings. His first recommendation is to boil water, then freeze it, and give them the ice to chew. He suggests that if she doesnâ€™t like it, at least she will not ask for anything for a while. The second recommendation is that she walk through the house naked, with one hand on her chest, the other on her stomach, while singing a childhood song. He then says that this recommendation might not cure a pregnant womanâ€™s cravings, but that it is always a good idea for anyone to walk around the house naked, even if without one hand on the stomach, and the other on the chest, then sit in the â€œbelly buttonâ€ of the house, and spend ten minutes sitting on the floor doing absolutely nothing. I am halfway through this book, but I am loving the recipes he provides for curing our moral ailments. His writing really gets to the point of soul food. It is not always a recipe involving a lot of ingredients and complicated cooking technique that feeds our souls, just a little bit of imagination.