We had a weekend full of friends and family and holiday cheer that I’ll definitely have to recap in another post. I spent a lot of time with a pretty good book this weekend that I wanted to share – an absolute must read if you enjoy reading cookbooks for fun like I do. The author of this book, Shauna Niequist, actually reads cookbooks in bed just like I do!
This great read; however, is nothing like your typical recipe book. Bread and Wine: A love letter to life around the table with recipes could make you laugh, cry and most of all, never give a damn about a calorie ever again.
What I love about this book is that Shauna shares parts of her life, special moments or memories, that she then follows with an associated recipe. And, she’s so identifiable because she doesn’t just share her sunshine and rainbow moments. She shares it all. The ups and the downs. I really have never had such an intimate experience with a book.
She starts the book with a note that ends:
“My prayer is that you’ll read these pages first curled up on your couch or in bed or in the bathtub, and then after that you’ll bring it to the kitchen with you, turning corners of pages, breaking the spine, spilling red wine one it, and splashing vinegar across the pages, that it will become battered and stained as you cook and chop and play, music loud and kitchen messy.
And more than anything, I pray that when you put this book down, you’ll gather the people you love around your table to eat and drink, to tell stories, to be heard and fed and nourished on every level.”
Every chapter thereafter rings true with this note of learning to love food and to love sharing food around your table. She has inspired me to slow down in the kitchen and appreciate every chop, ever stir. She has inspired me to slow down at the dinner table, mentally photographing the people and their reactions to the stories being told.
I encourage you to grab a copy for yourself during the holiday sales or even to give one as a gift this season if you’re looking for something last minute!
I knew I was going to love this book the minute I read the introduction to Part One – a quote from A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh – and I hope you’ll love it too!
“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.
I mean come on guys, that’s a pretty wise bear – I couldn’t agree more with him, and the author of Bread and Wine, that breakfast can be the exciting thing that’s going to happen to you today.