"_.Part of becoming yourself, in a deeply spiritual way, is finding the words to tell the truth about what it is you really love." I love this line in the author's introduction.
Shauna loves God, food, and family, and expresses it through this generous sharing of "her table" through this book. I think it's her way of gathering us around and showing us how it's done. The almost-lost art of feeding people's belly but also nourishing souls and knitting folks together all at the same time. How many times do we gather 'round these days and just relax over a good meal and share stories and talk about God, important things, or family history, or anything at all? Not often. Holidays?
Shauna is passionate about it. I fully enjoyed vicariously being at her table through her story-telling and recipes. She shares her life here and she shares some of her best recipes. This book is a great read. You should be aware it's not a cookbook
but it is about food, and life. She shares both here and I hope I'm inspired enough to start thinking of the table as vital. The people I can have around it is more precious and deserving of my time and efforts. Of food as a pleasure and preparation of it as not a chore, but a way to gather around those I love and those I'm getting to know to be nurtured and blessed at my table.
I'm going to go wash my tablecloth and put away the stack of books, papers, and day planner away in my office! It's time to practice the age old art of hospitality and love my people with food and community.
In short I think this is a wonderful, cozy book, best enjoyed and savored, much like a good dinner around the table with friends and family.
She has a website you might enjoy. You can also find links to buy her book and download a free sample of it there. Printable or audio!
*I was given a free copy of this book by Chosen books in exchange for an unbiased review of it.
I have many cookbooks that lay gathering dust on my shelf. Once in a while I will turn to one and I might find a recipe that I love. Cookbooks often lose their appeal quickly, as I discover I do not have the tools or I cannot find the ingrediants to make most of the dishes. This however did now happen with Bread and Wine.
I fell in love with the story told between recipies. I found myself wanting to make the recipies to connect with the story the author has woven. It reminded me a little bit of what I had expected in Eat Pray Love, but never experienced as it didn't have the recipies.
I found the instructions easy to follow and the ingrediants easy to find. There didn't seem to be a overall theme of the recipies included but I could tell that they were favorites. The story was beautifully crafted and I can't wait to hear more from the author.
I have tried a few of the recipies and hope to try many more. I would recommend this book to a person who likes to cook but is lacking motivation, the person who is a weekend cook, or the person who just enjoys a good story and good food.
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At first glance I was expecting Bread & Wine to be thoughts on communion and community--gathering around the table. While that is half right--the gathering around the table in community is the essence of the book--the subtitle of the book gives the best synopsis: A Love Letter to Life around the Table with Recipes.
Shauna Niequist writes essays from her life and love affair with food. Frequently stories come out of her gatherings with Cooking Club friends and times around the time with others. Some are about her journey as a mother and wife and struggling to go full term with pregnancies.
My one struggle with the book was it's obvious suburban-style of Christianity: eating at fancy restaurants, summer at the lake cabin in the boat, trips to Paris, etc. I can look beyond that easily, though, because the lessons on hospitality, building community around the table, and enjoying food and life are things I can appreciate.
I love food--probably a little too much--and love the idea of using food to build community. I also love that most chapters end with a delicious recipe to try out. Niequest doesn't approach the recipes as a checklist of steps to make the perfect food, but as a guide for experimenting and finding a food you like. She often gives suggestions on variations or making the dish your own. Most of them she adapted from other recipes in the first place. Many are gluten-free (her husband can't eat any) and many can be easily adapted to be vegetarian.
This is a great book for anyone who wants their dining room to be a place where people gather to enjoy life together
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Bread & Wine is my new "it" book. It's the book that I'm going to buy for best friends, family members, graduates, new moms, and mom-pros. It's the book for every woman, despite your faith background or your cooking experience. The stories Shauna Niequist writes about are incredibly relatable -- you'll find your own life on these pages -- and she had me both giggling and crying within a few pages of one another.
I've already made the Blueberry Crisp and brought it to a friend who had just had a baby. We shared it (generous friend!) and it was simply divine and SO easy. I can't wait to give the other recipes a try, though I imagine I'll love them all. It's easy to love food that was created with friendship and hospitality in mind.
One of my greatest takeaways from this book is the idea of being hospitable, despite the size of one's home. We've always loved to have guests over and have food and drinks, but have stayed away from larger crowds, because of the small size of our house. With Shauna's urging, I know people will be thrilled to be invited, even if it means cushions on the floor and plates in laps.
I cannot possibly say enough great things about this book. It will definitely be a favorite of the year... a favorite of all-time.
This collection of essays features recipes that come from chefs, cookbooks and restaurants- like all of us, Shauna finds a recipe she thinks her family will like, makes it and it either succeeds and becomes party of the lineup, or it doesn't come back. All of the recipes included can be individualized - Shauna's husband is on a gluten-free diet and many of the recipes are gluten-free and call for oats or ground almonds. But you could easily convert them to a regular gluten recipe if you wanted.
As a Southerner, I know that food can bring people together, break the ice, end a family argument and even start a family feud (who got Grandma's recipe box?). It is a magical science, based on individual palates and tastes, yet we can all agree with certain recipes being universal.Food can bring comfort to our souls and feed us spiritually, as well as biologically. Shauna expounds on this with her collected essays. This is the perfect book to give as a present for anyone who loves food, is Christian and believes that food nurtures the soul! I would include it in a gift basket with items to cook with. In fact, I am thinking of making 2 up for my daughter's teachers, for Christmas, as I think it would be a lovely way of keeping the 'joy of the season'!