Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Book review: Bread and Wine


I am drawn to the pleasing colour scheme and layout of the cover

Bread and Wine: a love letter to life around the table with recipes 
by Shauna Niequist

   Not quite a cookbook, not just a memoir but a unique glimpse into the life of an enthusiastic and hospitable woman, I found the book Bread and Wine to be an enjoyable read. Personally, I thought Shauna's writing style delightful. Of course, I may be a little biased on account of the fact that the author has that unique weakness as I for such elite foods as bacon-wrapped dates, figs, chocolate, cheese and such. However, regardless of personal tastes, my impression was that Shauna possesses  that unique talent which, through humorous writing, makes even her oddities appear as charming as they must seem to those who know and love her. Simultaneously, the reader is drawn into the ups and downs of the life of this friendly, warm-hearted person. 

  I must add that I question the religious beliefs of the author, and therefore suggest this book not as reading matter to enhance your spiritual life, but rather like many of our favourite heart-warming cookbooks and magazines to give joyful ideas for your hospitality endeavours and friendships. 

  Lastly, in this book the author does not concern herself with health aspects. (apart from the fact that she has a good view of cheese, wine and such) Nevertheless, the several recipes included seemed passing nourishing. :) I can't wait to try bacon-wrapped dates or her Indian-inspired dishes.

As a follow up to her two bestselling books, Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines, author and blogger Shauna Niequist returns with the perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table.
Bread and Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. This mix of Anne Lamott and Barefoot Contessa is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread and Wine is a celebration of food shared, reminding readers of the joy found in a life around the table. It’s about the ways God teaches and nourishes people as they nourish the people around them. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two.
With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, readers will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread and Wine.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com® <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”