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With a Measure of Grace: The Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant Hardcover – June 30, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Provecho Press (June 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971936420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971936423
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Melissa O'neil on June 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is grace and beauty. It eloquently captures the heart of a small town and its people. And gives you insight to this beautiful restaurant, Hell's Backbone Grill, their recipes, their staff, their spirits and hearts. I met Blake one morning over breakfast. I was sitting there, eating the most amazing breakfast, and there was this lovely woman sitting and talking to some people about social justice, Tibet, organic food, etc. I stopped eating and started eavesdropping harder. My life and work involve social justice issues; I do a lot of work to raise awareness of China's violent occupation of Tibet. I hadn't seen the book yet, but I ordered a bunch of them. Blake, one of the owners, was that lovely woman. She came over and made sure I wasn't going to spend my rent money on her books. Then she invited me to tea. And about two minutes later, she became one of my dearest friends. The spirit of this restaurant is based in Buddhism, which just means that it is based in love and kindness, compassion and beauty. The restaurant and the book are infused with that love and compassion. Tibetan prayer flags are, simply put, flags with prayers on them. When the wind blows them, prayers are sent out, prayers of love and compassion, an end to suffering for all beings. Prayer flags surround the restaurant. I can't help but feel that the place is blessed. The book is an invitation into their lives, into their hearts. And it is an invitation to visit Boulder, Utah.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Anne Marie Monteau on March 31, 2005
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This book is a unique treasure. It drew me into the lives of the people who live and work in the restaurant. The photographs are beautiful, the recipes, easy to follow. "A Measure of Grace" is a book I will read through again and again. It brought me a measure of peace, here in New York City.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brooke Blackwelder on November 1, 2005
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Reader Beware! If you open this book to look for a recipe, make sure you have the rest of the day to spend reading. It will draw you in like your favorite Novel and soon you will be cooking in Hell's Backbone Grill. It should be first on your gift list for anyone you know who cooks, reads or eats.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Ann Roberts on May 9, 2005
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I've just returned from a week at Boulder Mountain Lodge. Hell's Backbone Grill is the centerpiece of the place. The food is astounding sophisticated and delicious. Our goal was to sample everything on the breakfast and dinner menus. Didn't quite make that, but we're now inspired to try the recipes at home. Blake and Jen have made them easily accessible and have written beautifully about the gorgeous setting of Hell's Backbone Grill. The book is lovely, both for reading and for cooking. I bought several copies for gifts.

Ruthie Roberts

New York, New York
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Frank Rivers on March 3, 2005
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It would be a mistake to label this beautifully produced book simply a cookbook. It's that, for sure, but it's also a compelling narrative that celebrates a way of life in danger of extinction, namely the idea of the warmth and satisfaction and richness that life in a small town can bring to those willing to embrace it. By the end of the book, the reader will feel as if the proprietors and employees of Hell's Backbone Grill are family and, if lucky, the gentle spirituality woven throughout the narrative might even bestow grace. And then there's the recipes! eat and read, read and eat!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Birgit on March 31, 2005
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Here is a cookbook that provides food for both thought and body. Wonderfully written stories wrap around mouth-watering recipes, and beautiful photos take us to Boulder, Utah. A Measure of Grace is a an incredible treat to read and to cook with!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Meg in Seattle on July 2, 2005
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Poignant and inspiring - oh, and yeah - good recipes too!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. V. Lewis VINE VOICE on June 20, 2007
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This book does contain recipes, and they are very good. But it is much more than a cookbook. It is a meditation on food as a manifestation of place, of values, of mindful living... I cannot read this book without glimpsing the transformative power of right intention. It is really the story of how two remakable people built a community out of little more than their vision and their commitment to rightness. It documents grace through the story of a rural restaurant, and achieves a sort of modest scriptural value in the process, humble but beautiful, and worth reading.

I recommend this book highly. Read it with a chocolate-chile cream pot in hand.
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