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The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet Paperback – November 1, 2016
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"The Catholic Table serves up a banquet of good sense infused with theology, blending practical advice with startling insights into our relationship with food and on the side, what else but recipes? This is Emily Stimpson at her witty, well-educated, accessible best."
Simcha Fisher, Author of The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning
"As an admitted non-foodie, I was surprised and delighted by Emily Stimpson Chapman's The Catholic Table. Chock-full of practical and poignant thoughts and ideas, this book is mentally, spiritually and physically nutritious."
Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of Catholic Mom.com and author of The Grace of Yes
"If you ve ever struggled with eating too much or too little, binging or purging , obsessively counting calories or panicking over every food label in the store, Emily Stimpson Chapman is your guide to a better relationship with food. After reading The Catholic Table, you'll not only be convinced that how you approach food is a vital part of living out your Christian faith, you'll wish you could land yourself on Stimpson's next dinner guest list."
Zoe Romanowsky, freelance writer, blogger, and consultant
About the Author
Emily Stimpson Chapman is a freelance Catholic writer based in Steubenville, Ohio. Her books include The American Catholic Almanac: The Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed America (Image, 2014), These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body (Emmaus Road, 2013), and The Catholic Girl's Survival Guide for the Single Years (Emmaus Road, 2012). A contributing editor to Our Sunday Visitor her writing has also appeared in First Things, theNational Catholic Register, Catholic Digest, and elsewhere. She writes regularly about faith, hospitality, and food at her blog, The Catholic Table.
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Emily takes food, the substance we all can't live with out, the thing many people obsess over, the item that we misuse frequently, and helps us see it through God's eyes.
The content of this book is just amazing. She writes about food, but connects it to Creation, Theology of the Body, eating disorders, cooking, hospitality, family, friends, sacramentality, the Eucharist, and more. Even better, the book is peppered with delicious recipes, stories of food miracles, and mini bios of Saints connected to special food patronages. It was a delight.
I now would love to score an invite to one of Emily's dinner parties. ;) And this cover! So beautiful! It was what first attracted me to reading it, and the image doesn't disappoint.
"Food isn't just about calories and fat, vitamins and minerals, additives and preservatives. It's about God. It's about community. It's about life. Food is one of God's most precious gifts, a sign of the Lord's goodness, abundance, creativity, and love. Most important, it's the very thing that God becomes for us in the Eucharist."
I loved it so much, I am convincing my young adult group to lead a Bible study series on the topics Emily presents. In the meantime, I want more people to read this book. I think that it will be especially poignant for wives & moms seeking meaning and everyday theology in the daily tasks of providing for people. But really, I think that this book is for anyone who eats and wants to know why God gave us food and how He is using it to draw us back to Him.
I now have a peace with approaching the subject of dieting, especially when it is discussed in the presence of my preteen daughter. I found this book to be a great resource for keeping a good balance between eating healthy and not obsessing with calories and carb counts.
I finished the book just in time to begin Lent and am inspired to fast more prayerfully. Looking forward to upcoming feast days to apply what I've learned to my family's celebrations.
I am not a writer myself so nothing I write could do this book near enough justice but let me just say that this book may be the beginning of healing your relationship with food. I am sure this book is going to change someone's life.
Let's be honest, we all know what we should be eating and how much. Emily fills in the gaps. She helps us understand how we should be seeing food through Catholic eyes in this delightful read.
I've only just finished and I'm starting again. I don't want to miss a word.
(As a side note, I am on the opposite spectrum of where Emily was. I turn to food instead of God for emotional comfort and yes this book spoke volumes to me.)