Rabu, 25 Agustus 2010

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Bread Wine Letter Around Recipes

Bread Wine Letter Around Recipes

The most beautiful thing about this book, for me, is the way Shauna's hospitality shines through the pages. As I read her stories, I feel seen and heard. Although our stories are different, the feelings she shares are universal. The association between food and shame, the ways food is tied to both giving and receiving love, and the fears that hold us back from new experiences--these are pieces of each of our bigger stories. Shauna inspires me to try new recipes, to invite more people into my home, without overwhelming me or making me feel guilty or like a failure because I haven't done it before. She shares game-changing roasted broccoli and simply and perfectly prepared scrambled eggs right alongside elaborate dinner parties featuring printed menu cards--and I feel as though sharing love through each meal is not only possible, but the only ingredient that is truly necessary in any preparation.

If you are looking for encouragement as a home cook, a friend, a sister, a wife, a mom--you will find it in the pages of this book. Leafing through these pages, I feel as though I am at Shauna's table. I am sitting in her safe zone, and it is a place of warmth and nourishment for my heart. Not only is my heart encouraged, but Shauna opens her heart to me as well. She brings me into the hard places in her own life, the moments that catch you off guard and steal your breath and don't represent your best. She shares with so much honesty that I am drawn deeper into her story, and become more wiling to examine the darker places of my own story.

Shauna's words remind us of the way of food. She brings us back to our need for nourishment and our need for one another. The table is one space we share our common needs. Shauna's invitation, throughout this book, is "Come to the table." As I closed the book and began to digest her words, that is exactly what I wanted to do.

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6 komentar:

  1. Shauna Niequist's writing and openness is a breath of fresh air. Bread and Wine inspired me to pick up the phone and invite friends to join us at our table - clean or not - to enjoy their fellowship. I've tried several of the recipes and each one has been great! Our fav: bacon wrapped dates. YUM!

    BalasHapus
  2. Fellowship as a concept got a boost with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It reminded us that it is more than weak coffee and awkward conversations in a hall after worship. It is meant to lead to deeper and deeper conversations and relationships. One of the keys that opens doors to this kind of fellowship is sharing food around the table. Shauna Niequist demystifies the concept and even gives easy and delicious-sounding recipes.

    The recipes and some of the essays seem to be aimed at a younger generation that might be intimidated by cooking from scratch. That is not my hang-up. I related to the issues around waiting to invite people to my table until my house was more perfect, or at least clean. The author shares her own vulnerabilities and in the process helped me figure out my own inner mess. I love the references to Brene Brown's work as she is one of my favorite authors.

    Her call to action at the end of the book is to invite people over--get your feet wet. I am inspired to make the enchiladas (p. 143) and some sangria and take it to a friend's on Sunday. Her family will have been landscaping all day and I'll spare them from cooking or the temptation to grab fast food.

    My daughter bought this book for me for Christmas because she is a big fan of Shauna Niequist's other books. It arrived as soon as it was in print and I read it quickly after receiving it. And now I want to buy copies for my friends and share.

    BalasHapus
  3. An amazing book! Shauna has a remarkable gift for writing . The combination of food and community is perfect. A great read.

    BalasHapus
  4. Author Shauna Niequist shares her newest collection of essays in Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes about "family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. It's about the ways God teaches and nourishes us as we nourish the people around us, and about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two."

    As with her previous books, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet, she is real, vulnerable, clever and challenging. Her anecdotes of life around her table are filled with wit, as she shares touching tales of life experiences shared over a meal. She elaborates on creating and sharing traditions...and then she laments over some of the difficult moments of life. There is a healthy dose of reality, as she admits to the demands of trying to be "perfect" and the days when she must choose to "fast rather than feast." There is planning...and there is spontaneity.

    As she provided a peek into her little world, it triggered memories of time spent gathered around the table with my family and friends...of favorite foods and tasty treats. The book challenged me to try new things...to make "birthday toasts"...to attempt basic risotto...to pre-measure and freeze blueberries in order to make a hot crisp, long after the berry season has left us...to create many of her recipes, that are now dog-eared and noted.

    I am inspired to fondly recall those memories and also encouraged to take more risks in gathering around my table. Thanks Shauna!

    BalasHapus
  5. The most beautiful thing about this book, for me, is the way Shauna's hospitality shines through the pages. As I read her stories, I feel seen and heard. Although our stories are different, the feelings she shares are universal. The association between food and shame, the ways food is tied to both giving and receiving love, and the fears that hold us back from new experiences--these are pieces of each of our bigger stories. Shauna inspires me to try new recipes, to invite more people into my home, without overwhelming me or making me feel guilty or like a failure because I haven't done it before. She shares game-changing roasted broccoli and simply and perfectly prepared scrambled eggs right alongside elaborate dinner parties featuring printed menu cards--and I feel as though sharing love through each meal is not only possible, but the only ingredient that is truly necessary in any preparation.

    If you are looking for encouragement as a home cook, a friend, a sister, a wife, a mom--you will find it in the pages of this book. Leafing through these pages, I feel as though I am at Shauna's table. I am sitting in her safe zone, and it is a place of warmth and nourishment for my heart. Not only is my heart encouraged, but Shauna opens her heart to me as well. She brings me into the hard places in her own life, the moments that catch you off guard and steal your breath and don't represent your best. She shares with so much honesty that I am drawn deeper into her story, and become more wiling to examine the darker places of my own story.

    Shauna's words remind us of the way of food. She brings us back to our need for nourishment and our need for one another. The table is one space we share our common needs. Shauna's invitation, throughout this book, is "Come to the table." As I closed the book and began to digest her words, that is exactly what I wanted to do.

    BalasHapus