Archive for July, 2013

Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes

Author: Shauna Niequist



Book Summary:

Book Description

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 amp; 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.



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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