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bread and wine

“My prayer is that you’ll read these pages first curled up on your couch or in bed or in the bathtub, and then after that you’ll bring it to the kitchen with you, turning corners of pages, breaking the spine, spilling red wine on it and splashing vinegar across the pages, that it will become battered and stained as you cook and chop and play, music loud and kitchen messy.
And more than anything, I hope that when you put this book down, you’ll gather the people you love around your table to eat and drink, to tell stories, to be heard and fed and nourished on every level.”

So, says the book jacket of this beautifully bound and artfully written book. This is not a culinary book for experts and wanna-be expert cooks. This book is the joyful celebration of food and wine by a woman who feels especially close to God when she tastes and stirs and gathers people together to enjoy good food. Still, Shauna Niequist is not a food snob! She admits that she adores artificial cheese along with other man-made food experiences.

This really isn’t a book about food and wine. It’s a collection of essays about celebrating life and experiencing death and sorrow. It’s about good friends and interesting places and using ones senses to taste all of life…especially the food!

Mrs. Niequist simply is a lovely writer. She writes, “I’m a bread person-crusty, golden baguette; hearty, grainy, seeded loaves; think, crispy pizza crust-all of it….and I am a wine person-the blood-red and liquid gold, the clink and glamour of tall-stemmed glasses and the musty, rich, almost mushroom-y smell.
More that that, I am a bread-and-wine person. By that I mean that I’m a Christian, a person of the body and blood, a person of the bread and wine…”bread and wine

This delightful volume contains recipes as well as a four-week book club/cooking club discussion guide along with a four week book club/cooking club menu plan!

I so seriously enjoyed this book that I plan on buying several as gifts.

I highly recommend it.

I received this book for review purposes from Book Sneeze/Thomas Nelson publishers. It was published by Zondervan.