Monday, September 2, 2013

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes

Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist is wonderful! It's the perfect mix of memoir and cookbook. She weaves her life story with awesome recipes and I couldn't put it down. I love Shauna's authenticity and openness. I think everyone can take something away from this book. It touches on many topics and I found myself laughing or crying and saying, "Oh good, me too!" 

I love cooking and I loved the encouragement that she offered to fledgling "chefs" like myself. It was refreshing to read how to view preparing food as a way to love others. The book is divided into chapters with a story from Shauna's life and a recipe that corresponds to that time. It. Was a really neat way to set up a book!

I think this book would make a perfect gift for someone or it would be wonderful if you enjoy cooking/would like to become more adventurous in the kitchen. I would say the only thing I didn't like about Bread and Wine was the inclusion of some harder to find ingredients in some of the recipes. It's perfect for someone eating gluten-free or looking for a great meal to fix for someone who has dietary restrictions. Read this book and be encouraged in the ordinary day to day life of being a Christian and how to incorporate the love of food and cooking into everyday life.