Bread and Wine by Shauna is a great little book. This book is like sitting down with a friend over coffee and your just chatting away about all kinds of things in life. The recipes are yummy, healthier versions of old classics. However if you have nut allergies you will have to do some swap outs for the ground almonds. I enjoyed this book very very much! I love cookbooks and this is like a cookbook+! I've tried many of the recipes and my book has cooking stains, dog eared pages and post it's all over it :)
"Bread and Wine: a Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes" by Shaunna Niequist is a collection of essays(?) centering around food, body, Christ, and house socializing. The stories are sectioned off and usually end with a recipe. They sometimes read like diary entries or blog posts. Niequist is a wonderful writer. Her voice is clear, touching, and, this gal is funny! I really enjoyed reading this book. However, the recipes are not ones that most people would try or would probably like if they did. They tend to be either bazaar or upper crust complicated. Personally, I think she eats weird. Maybe it's a Chicago thing. I don't know; but if you are looking for recipes, I would suggest you look elsewhere. The recipes are more of a footnote to the stories. I would give "Bread & Wine" an A-. I received this book for free from Handlebar Publishing.
This book is one that I will always treasure. This book is a unique blend of recipes and the love & fellowship that is linked to them. I love finding a book that is so good I want to sit down and read it in one sitting and yet I don't want it to end. We have really lost the art of having people over for a meal to just be at the table with friends. Take the time & enjoy the journey of life. Feeding people isn't just re-energizing your body so you can maintain a busy chaiotic lifestyle.
The recipes range from salad dressing to enchiladas to flour-less cake. I can't wait to try them out!
I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I will be buying several more copies to give to my cooking friends.
I enjoy reading cookbooks and imagining all of the possibilities new recipes bring. Like everyone, I sometimes get in a food rut and need inspiration. Bread and Wine ~ finding community and life around the table, is no ordinary cookbook. In fact, while it has recipes in it, Shauna Niequist says it isn't really a cookbook at all. She shares some of her favorite recipes and the stories and people behind those recipes. In fact, she admits that many of these recipes came from other sources but I enjoyed the stories and memories stirred by the food she cooks.
In her introduction, Niequist says,
"It's not, actually, strictly, about food for me. It's about what happens when we come together, slow down, open our homes, look into one another's faces, listen to one another's stories. It happens when we leave the office and get a sitter and skip our workouts every so often to celebrate a birthday or an accomplishment or a wedding or a birth, when we break out of the normal clockwork of daily life and pop the champagne on a cold, gray Wednesday fore no other reason than the fact that the faces we love are gathered around our table. It happens when we enter the joy and the sorrow of the people we love, and we join together at the table to feed one another and be fed, and while it's not strictly about food, it doesn't happen without it. Food is the starting point, the common ground, the thing to hold and handle, the currency we offer to one another."
Because I come from a southern family, food is a large part of our family traditions. The food we share around our table feeds not only our bodies, but our souls too. Whether it is the four of us sitting at the dining room table at night or Sunday dinner with extended family, our mealtime is a sacred space for sharing life together. I identify with Niequist when she says,
"What happens around the table doesn't matter to a lot of people. But it matters more and more to me. Life at the table is life at its best to me, and the spiritual significance of what and how we eat, and with whom and where, is new and profound to me every day. I believe God is here among us, present and working. I believe all of life is shot through with God's presence, and that part of the gift of walking with him is seeing his fingerprints in all sorts of unexpected ways...When you
eat, I want you to think of God, of the holiness of hands that feed us, of the provision we are given every time we eat. When you eat bread and you drink wine, I want you to think about the body and the blood every time, not just when the bread an dwine show up in church, but when they show up anywhere - on a picnic table or a hardwood floor or a beach."
Niequist has inspired me to cook, to invite friends and family in and to make it about more than whether my house is perfect, but about the intimacy and love that is shared around the table.
"This is what I want you to do: I want you to tell someone you love them, and dinner's at six. I want you to throw open your front door and welcome the people you love into the inevitable mess with hugs and laughter. I want you to light a burner on the stove, to chop and stir and season with love and abandon. Begin with an onion and a drizzle of olive oil, and go from therrem, any one of a million different meals. Gather the people you love around your table and feed them with love and honestly and creativity. Fed them with your hands and the flavors and smells that remind you of home and beauty and the best stories you've ever heard, the best stories you've ever lived."
If you love food and you love spending time with your family and friends, I recommend this book. If you are in a food rut and need some inspiration, I recommend this book. After reading this book, I felt good about the times we are already spending around our table and feel inspired to create more experiences with family,old friends, and friends we've yet to make.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
This was the first of Shauna Niequist's books I have read, so I started reading it - not knowing what to expect. It is written in a very different way than I have experienced in books - essay style. It is like she is holding a conversation with you in her kitchen about things in her life. Food is a major topic - as well as wine :) Her choice of food was not the kind I am used to eating, so it was interesting to read her recipes and see how she put together things to make something that, from her perspective, were delicious. I must say - most of the ingredients she says she always has in her house are not found in mine, but then I am from the South and do not normally do 'health-food' type foods. I did earmark several of the recipes in the book to try and she made me realize how easy it is to freeze fruit to use later in the season.
Her way of bringing people around the table together - cooking and enjoying the food and fellowship - was great and she made you feel you there with the others, enjoying the food. The traditions she keeps are great - makes me feel good that people are still doing that in the world we live in - that goes so fast and furious.
Reading this, it makes me want to go back and read her earlier books and see if they are like this one or different - which I will do. The book was interesting and I would recommend it as a fun book to read and, if you are someone who goes the health-food path, you will love it.
I received a copy of "Bread & Wine" from Zondervan via Handlebar bloggers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.