Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist
I loved this book.
I had no real expectations going in to it – I recognized Niequist’s name as having authored some other books, but hadn’t read anything by her. Maybe that was a good thing, because it let me be completely blown away by discovering an author I love.
Cookbook/memoir mish-mash books are some of my favorites: A Homemade Life, My Berlin Kitchen, Ruth Reichel’s memoirs, I love them. Niequist’s is another glorious celebration of the power of food and memory.
There are some powerful emotions discussed, and sections of the book are heart-wrenching. She made me cry, but at the same time there is such a thread of hope and joy throughout the text that even now when I’m skittish of books that may bring me to tears? I loved this book.
Unlike my other favorite foodie memoirs, this one is in many ways a spiritual memoir. How she discusses her faith no matter the circumstances is engrossing, and I appreciated how it never feels forced or fake. It so obviously is how she really is that it’s natural and compelling.
Heads-up that the book is likely to make you hungry, and wish that you had access to a summer cottage on the lake with plenty of blueberries. Or maybe that last part was just me.
I’m often scared to gush too much about a book, for fear of setting someone up with expectations that are unrealistically high. Still, it’s all I can do to not gush and insist that you go out right now and find this book.
I feel borderline guilty that I’m raving about the book so much, and it’s not even available until April 9. I apologize for that, but this way you can either preorder the book and have it arrive as soon as it possibly is available, or get on your library holds list in hopes that the line is not too long.
Highly, highly recommended.
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 and 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 and Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s 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 and Wine.
Title:Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes
Author: Shauna Niequist
Category: Nonfiction / Memoir
Length: 288 pages
Release Date: April 2013
ISBN: 0310328179 / 978-0310328179
My Rating: 5 stars
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