Creativity: The Recipe for Awakening
In the Works
The Shaman Chef: How Cooking Saved My Life
Renee Baribeau tells how she overcame emotional neglect, abuse, addiction, and chronic depression by creating life-sustaining rituals based on her own intuition and teachings from various spiritual traditions. As the child of a violently angry alcoholic father from a poverty-stricken background, Renee had to find her way in the world with little wisdom or guidance from her elders.
Even though she earned a college scholarship, graduated with honors, became a property owner at the age of twenty-two and a business owner the following year, those successes were never enough to counteract the crippling depression that dogged her steps from a young age. It was only the discovery of her natural gift and affinity for cooking that saved her from an early death with drugs and alcohol. When that skill deserted her she had to find a new menu for survival and she was successful in that search. Today, Rene is free from the constraints of her lifelong mood disorders. She enjoys being awake and fully present in the Now moment of her life and is devoted to encouraging others to find their own rituals for healing and recipes for living. This memoir, a bountiful mélange of memories sandwiched between mouthwatering recipes and uplifting rituals offers a look at how you can play a significant role in bringing about your own emotional well-being.