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
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
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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?" Or that the gift of hospitality is somehow a "woman's gift," and the serious gifts of leadership are for the guys. Yes, Shauna writes about motherhood, childbirth, and getting into her bathing suit come summertime. But, somehow, she does it in a way that I can connect to - after all, I'm married to a woman and I've heard her talk about all those things. And even if I were not, I'm still interested, there are still parallels to my life. While my shame issues aren't related to my "underbutt" (a term I've never heard before this book!) - I've got plenty of "swimsuit" issues in my life. And, there are plenty of us guys out there who love to throw a party - who care about candles, music, a well-set table and making a great soufflé, who love to employ our words, knife skills and ability to make a killer salsa, as gifts to the people we love. So, let's be done with this silliness. I don't think Shauna intends for hospitality to be a "women's issue," and you shouldn't either.
I don't know Shauna, but through her words I feel like I do. She shares her heartaches and joys and presents them all with a vulnerability that was so relatable. I wish she was my sister, my neighbor, my friend. I've come to understand that she can have quite the fabulous life, but you know what? She never once name drops or rubs in it your face. She enjoys her life & lives it to the fullest with humility.
I am not an advanced cook by any means, but this book has given me courage to try. I love how she tied this in with the kitchen and food and family.Get in the kitchen, get messy, create something fabulous, create something not-so-fab, just try it. And the same goes for life - be present, get messy, be glamorous - just be there. Don't be a bystander in your own life.
I read this on my Kindle (it was on sale & Shauna Niequist - so, duh, I HAD to buy it, haha), but I will definitely own a real copy of this book.
Top international reviews
Although primarily a book about experiences that the author has had - both difficult and lighthearted, many chapters are accompanied by recipes. I have made a few of them now and found them easy to follow and the finished results were tasty. I would particularly recommend the risotto! Worth noting that this is not a recipe book as such and the recipes are unaccompanied by pictures etc.
The book itself and many of the stories woven within was touching and thought provoking. I smiled at some of the anecdotes and shed a few tears at others. Shauna Niequist writes as though she were a friend telling you a story. SHe does not shy away from difficult times or loss, but also has a lovely touch when relating the happy times in her life. She writes about her cookery club, and the friendships of the other members in a way that inspired me to be a better friend / sister.
I took so much from the book that I purchased it for 2 other friends and would highly recommend to others. If you buy it - enjoy!
Reading Bread & Wine is like having a chatty cooking session with a close friend. Shauna shares her personal, deeply-felt stories, whilst communicating a passionate love for food, cooking, family and friendship.
Just my sort of thing, I was reassured that I am not alone in being hungry, busy, passionate and messy. I would highly recommend this book...just be prepared to begin a new love affair with goat's cheese...mmmmmm...
Family, friends, belief and cooking, a fantastic read once again by Shauna Niequst. Get this book!
Die Rezepte sind abwechslungsreich und fernab von der von uns als Europäern verurteilten „typischen amerikanischen Küche“, von einer einfachen Vinaigrette über Mango Chicken Curry bis hin zu Brownies wird hier für jeden Geschmack etwas geboten. Die Zutaten der Rezepte sind in amerikanischen Maßeinheiten angegeben, hier muss ggf. umgerechnet werden, gleiches gilt für Herd- und Ofeneinstellungen. Die Erzählungen umfassen Alltagsberichte aus dem Leben der Autorin und ganz egal ob es dabei ums Reisen oder persönlichere Erfahrungen geht, Shauna Niequist bleibt stets authentisch und gerade das macht sie so sympathisch. Sie gesteht sich eigene Schwächen und Fehler ein, berichtet ehrlich aus ihrem Familienalltag, aus den Beziehungen zu ihren Freunden und ihrem Glauben.
Das Buch ist jedem zu Empfehlen, der eine Leidenschaft für Essen und Gastfreundschaft teilt und mehr über die interessante Persönlichkeit der Shauna Niequist erfahren möchte.