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Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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"Bread & Wine is one of those rare books that grabs all of you -- your mind, body, and spirit. Shauna's soulful storytelling made me laugh, reminded me that I'm not alone, and gave me a new lens on some old struggles. There's something sacred about this kind of truth telling. I couldn't put this book down."
- Brené Brown, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead
"Bread & Wine is a new book about an ancient meal, but more than a meal, a book about the people seated at the table, and about the laughing, and about the joy of saying hello and the pain of saying good-bye. After reading this book you may feel as you do driving away from dinner with a friend -- grateful and full."
- Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
"Shauna Niequist's beautiful word painting in Bread & Wine is a poetic reminder to appreciate the rituals, people, and sensory experiences of our everyday lives. Her words invite us into her kitchen, and her stories challenge us to remain attentive to the many delights that complement life's hardships and the ways in which we can share them with others."
- Kelle Hampton, New York Times bestselling author of Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected
"No one combines all my treasured things like Shauna does in Bread & Wine: beautiful words, delicious food, recipes like the ones you jot down on the back of a napkin in shorthand, with hints and adaptations written off to the side, real-life stories, laughter. Then I read a sentence like this: "Love isn't something you prove or earn, but something you receive or allow, like a balm, like a benediction, even at your very worst," and I decide to send this book to everyone I know."
- Jen Hatmaker, author of Interrupted and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
Pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy the friendship and hospitality found around Niequist’s table. The author of Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet serves up portions of friendship, family, and faith, with sides of humor, insight, and favorite recipes, for a satisfying read that can double as a group study. (A discussion guide and recommended readings are tucked in the back of the book, with recipes and a sample menu for book/cooking clubs.) Niequist writes with vulnerability and honesty that make the reader hunger to be one of the friends and family members who grace her table. Struggles with getting pregnant, juggling family and career, and making time for deep friendships are among the life events discussed against the backdrop of meals. Cooking enthusiasts, whether they are experienced or are novices, will enjoy the talk about food and will want to try the recipes featured at the end of each chapter. Yet while recipes for bacon-wrapped dates and dark chocolate sea-salted butter toffee sound yummy, the emphasis is more on spiritual nourishment and how God feeds hungry souls through relationships. (Mar. 26) (Publishers Weekly)
Bam! Yummo! This is a tasty and delicious book you’ll want to savor from cover to cover. -- Margaret Feinberg, , Author of Wonderstruck and Scouting the Divine, (www.margaretfeinberg.com)
Shauna Niequist has written a book of surpassing delight. To enter it is not simply to be a reader but to be a friend. I did not want it to end. -- John Ortberg, , senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and author of Who Is This Man?
No one combines all my treasured things like Shauna does in Bread and Wine: beautiful words, delicious food, recipes like the ones you jot down on the back of a napkin in shorthand, with hints and adaptations written off to the side, real-life stories, laughter. Then I read a sentence like this: “Love isn’t something you prove or earn, but something you receive or allow, like a balm, like a benediction, even at your very worst,” and I decide to send this book to everyone I know. -- Jen Hatmaker, , author of Interrupted and 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
This magnificent book is a feast for the soul! A wise, thoughtful, and delightful read that will nourish your heart. -- Ian Morgan Cron, , bestselling author of Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me: a Memoir . . . of Sorts and Chasing Francis
Shauna Niequist has a way with words that makes you feel more human, more alive. Every phrase is woven together in a way that inspires wonder at the most ordinary of events we are prone topass by. This book will make you hungry --- not just for food, but for life and love to the full. It certainly did for me. -- Jeff Goins, , author of Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life
Bread and Wine is a new book about an ancient meal, but more than a meal, a book about the people seated at the table, and about the laughing, and about the joy of saying hello and the pain of saying good-bye. After reading this book you may feel as you do driving away from dinner with a friend --- grateful and full. -- Donald Miller, , author of Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Shauna Niequist’s beautiful word painting in Bread and Wine is a poetic reminder to appreciate the rituals, people, and sensory experiences of our everyday lives. Her words invite us into her kitchen, and her stories challenge us to remain attentive to the many delights that complement life’s hardships and the ways in which we can share them with others. -- Kelle Hampton, , New York Times bestselling author of Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected
Bread and Wine is one of those rare books that grabs all of you ---your mind, body, and spirit. Shauna’s soulful storytelling made me laugh, reminded me that I’m not alone, and gave me a new lens on some old struggles. There’s something sacred about this kind of truth telling. I couldn’t put this book down. -- Brene' Brown, , New York Times bestselling author of Daring Greatly
Top Customer Reviews
While I don't write half as eloquently as Shauna, I think I've shared her sentiments about food, hospitality and joie de vivre on multiple occasions - around tables, cooking with the guys in my cooking club or even, on occasion from the pulpit. So, I have nothing bad to say about this book. If you love food, hospitality, cooking, wine and just-for-the-fun-of-it dinner parties; if your idea of a great night is a house full of people and a whole afternoon spent cooking and smiling as you anticipate your guests; if you love having people in your home; if your idea of a good dinner is one that lasts several hours; if you love to give a good toast - to lock eyes with the people you love across a candlelit table and tell them why they're important to you; if you believe that everything is spiritual, and maybe especially food; if you love a well crafted sentence and rich metaphor, then this is your book.
My only argument with this book is some of the early reviews I've seen. To quote one, "this is a wonderful book for women" For women? I'm not a woman, and I loved it. Why, in the Christian world must we keep perpetuating the notion that men write serious books about theology and leadership, while books about food and hospitality and sucking the marrow out of life are somehow "women's lit?Read more ›
I wanted to love this book as much I loved _Bittersweet_, but I couldn't seem to do it. Her voice was hard for me to connect with. Shauna is living a more privileged and charmed life than 99.9% of the world. She has a supportive family and in-laws, spends entire summers on Lake Michigan, has the ability to travel with her kids around the world so that they can "learn," hosts dinner parties with place cards and menus, possesses the time to train for a marathon, and eats lots of crusty bread interwoven with the amazing conversations with laughter, tears, deep emotions in every other chapter. I am so happy that Shauna is loving her life and pursuing her passions, but I just can't relate to that Shauna. In fact, I think there is very few that can unless she is white, female, married, upper-middle class, suburban, and Christian.
All the same, I did like the book, and I do like Shauna. My hopes is that she continues to grow in her writing style to be inclusive to other communities that may not include people just like her.
As when reading any book about food, I found that I left Niequist's book with a gnawing stomach. The recipes, mmm. The menu pairings, mmm-ier.
At the same time, I also found myself not particularly hungry for the sort of thing that Niequist wants most to render attractive--the fellowship that she asserts comes with eating and drinking well with friends. Perhaps it's me--introverted me--but reading about dinner party after dinner party left me, though ready and primed for a fine meal, weary from the thought of so many people and so much talk. Food for Niequist is sacramental in both symbolic resonance and function--and this is a truth upon which she's right to insist. Yet I found myself wondering: could food be as functionally sacramental if it weren't so lush as it consistently is through this series of essays? Could a scrambled egg and toast, shared with an old friend over a glass of milk, serve the same function that the bacon-wrapped figs and ever flowing wine do? Could equally beautiful moments be made on a George Foreman grill in a college dorm room, or must Wusthof knives and Le Creuset cookware be involved in the preparation for it to be valuable? In short, how beautiful must the food be for the food experience to be beautiful as well?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everything Shauna writes is magic and this is no exception. The recipes are amazing too...the jam tart is to die for!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I absolutely loved this book. And the Breakfast Cookies are on permanent rotation. I wish we all learn to subscribe to this way of eating and extending hospitality.Published 4 days ago by Clementine's P+P[
This cookbook makes the theology of the church real and an every day matter of the home. Good recipes, too!Published 4 days ago by E. Ann Brotherton
I found myself relating to Shauna on the topic of food and our mutual love for it. The recipes all look amazing with helpful comments on prep and ideas of what to serve with it. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kindle Customer
This book was amazingly exactly what I needed to hear right now. Life isn't perfect, the food doesn't need to be perfect. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I loved the mix of personal narrative, a call to action and food! The recipes sound delicious and I plan on making several of them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Shauna writes about experiencing life through the table and food. I love her candid and transparent style. She's a Christian, but doesn't claim to have it all figured out. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MJKelly
Bought this as a gift for someone but ended up reading before gifting it. I absolutely love this book and I even tried several of the recipes, they are good ones. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Claudia V.