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Author and speaker Shauna Niequist believes in the power of food and community as well, and in her latest collection of stories, Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table, she shares from her heart and her kitchen. With Shauna, you'll uncover why food is so important for our bodies and our souls, and how unbalance in one area of life can lead to unbalance in others. You'll explore the themes of feasting and fasting, celebration and mourning, brokenness and healing through stories and hand-picked recipes. Bread & Wine also includes a discussion guide for a four week book/cooking club, and tips from Shauna on entertaining with sample menus. As you read, you'll discover more of the sacred in your everyday, as you slow down and enjoy what happens around the table.
Number of Pages: 285
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 1.10 X 6.10 X 11.10 (inches)|
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As a follow up to her two bestselling books, Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table.
Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. Its about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. Its about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two.
With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, readers will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread & Wine.
Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, Bread & Wine and Savor. She is married to Aaron, and they have two wild and silly and darling boys, Henry and Mac. They live outside Chicago, where Aaron leads The Practice and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Shauna also writes for the Storyline Blog, and for IF:Table, she is a member of the Relevant podcast, and a guest teacher at her church. Shaunas three great loves are her family, dinner parties, and books, and she believes that vulnerable storytelling, hard laughter, and cold pizza for breakfast can cure almost anything.
nomer15Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5BeautifulJanuary 11, 2014nomer15Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table" by Shauna Niequist is a collection of essays about life, food, hospitality, and experiencing those sacred moments that can only be found around a table. The book includes not only recipes to try, but there are discussion questions at the end for a book club or a cooking club. She also includes tips for hosting a dinner party, as well as ideas for easy weeknight meals that can be thrown together quickly.
I appreciated Niequist's heart that celebrates the union of food and the hearts of people, creating a unique fellowship around a table. Faith themes run strong through this book, especially as she dives into how gathering around a shared meal creates a special sense of community. "And I believe that Jesus asked for us to remember him during the breaking of bread and the drinking of the wine every time, every meal, every day--no matter where we are, who we are, what we've done" (p. 252).
She shares candidly about her life, her insecurities, her fears when her newborn son was ill, her struggles with having children. Her writing style and vulnerability with sharing make this book an all-around winner. I started by slowly digesting two or three essays at a time, but that quickly sped up to devouring the entire book; it's really just that good.
"The table is the place where the doing stops, the trying stops, the masks are removed, and we allow ourselves to be nourished, like children. We allow someone else to meet our need. In a word that prides people on not having needs, on going longer and faster, on going without, on powering through, the table is a place of safety and rest and humanity, where we are allowed to be as fragile as we feel. If the home is a body, the table is the heart, the beating center, the sustainer of life and health" (p. 258).
(I've received this complimentary book through the Book Sneeze program in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and the views expressed in my review are strictly my own.)
MichelleAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This book spells comfort!January 2, 2014MichelleAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Shauna Niequist blew me away with this book, which I read first, having received it as a gift. I subsequently went out and bought the other two books she has out there. Love them all.
I have given six away in the past 4 months. I am inspired and so are my friends who've received the books from me.
I hope she is writing as fast as she can!
bbykak4 Stars Out Of 5Good bookSeptember 26, 2013bbykakQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I love the style of the writer...she is smart, witty, and a loving hostess. I have even tried a couple of the recipes. Yum! However, I was uncomfortable with how much the entertaining included some form of alcohol. This is a culture that I suppose is popular but I can not indulge in. It made me very uncomfortable.
GenevieveBay Area, CAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Loved reading Bread & WineSeptember 5, 2013GenevieveBay Area, CAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I had heard good things about Bread & Wine from a friend and was excited to read the book myself. After hearing Shauna Neiquist speak at a Mothers of Preschoolers Convention in August 2012, I came to the conclusion that she was one of my favorite speakers there. I was drawn to her warm personality and humorous stories. She was honest, transparent, witty, relatable. I felt much the same way as I was reading Bread & Wine, being drawn to Shauna's warm, honest, transparent, witty, relatable and humorous stories about her life around the table.
I liked that Shauna included recipes in her book. After just reading the first chapter about her mom's blueberry crisp, I went out to buy the ingredients, made it and enjoyed eating it. I'm not much of a cook but in the chapter "start where you are," I felt encouraged that I could be good at it one day. Shauna said it so beautifully when she wrote,
"If you put in the time, the learning, the trying, the mess, and the failure, at the end you will have learned to feed yourself and the people you love, and that's a skill for life - like tennis or piano but yummier and far less expensive.
I'm not talking about cooking as a performance, or entertaining as a complicated choreography of competition and showing off. I'm talking about feeding someone with honestly and intimacy and love, about making your home a place where people are fiercely protected, even if just for a few hours, from the crush and cruelty of the day."
Whew! That takes the pressure off, doesn't it? It's not just about the food but about the relationships that are formed and nourished. I hope to make my home like that one day, a place where people feel safe and loved and encouraged. I also want people to see glimpses of God and his love for them when we gather and share our lives together.
Shauna is a great story-teller and I loved reading Bread & Wine. I learned that life is beautiful and messy, unpredictable, yet memorable. Invite people to come and share life with you around your own table.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.
DesiKentuckyAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This is an excellent book!August 21, 2013DesiKentuckyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was suckered in, I admit. This was one of those books that I thought I had to read because all my savvy and awesome friends were digging into it. But it was much, much better than the hype. The reviewers always mention how Mrs. Niequist speaks like she's your really awesome girlfriend over for coffee, but leave out how she makes you laugh along with her antics and tugs your heart strings with her sorrow.
Although I was fortunate enough to recieve this book free from Booksneeze.com to review, after reading it, I would gladly pay for it: it's THAT good!