Friday, April 19, 2013

Bread & Wine Book Review

Book Review of Bread & Wine
  by Shauna Niequist
"a love letter to life around the table, with recipes"

REVIEW BY: L. Bankhead

     Here's the third offering from acclaimed author, Shauna Niequist.   Her entire premise for writing this book was to inspire and encourage the reader to "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." Niequist's trademark is her smart and witty writing about family, friendship and life around the table.
     I love every single word in this book, and am finding joy in making each recipe.  Niequist is extremely candid and real.  She talks about things that make you feel like you have been best friends for years and years - the constant worry about weight, noteworthy friendships and an exceptional love of eating and all things foodie.  All women will love this book and treasure it's wonderful words.  You will be motivated to travel, taste new things, cook new things, invite guests for dinner and just love people and be with them.
     The book totally broke my hermit-like shell.  I rarely cook for people outside of my family.  Not that I don't love to cook or know how to cook - I'm married to a chef for Pete's sake!  I just have this underlying insecurity about not being able to please "other" people with my food.  I try new recipes all the time, cook from scratch every day and try hard things.  But, the constant need to be right and perfect has gotten in the way of opening my home and arms to other people through food.  This book changed all of that.  Halfway through, I learned a dear friend was sick.  I ventured out of my comfort zone - way out!  I whipped up a batch of homemade tortilla soup (with flair) and a dish of Shauna Niequist's Blueberry Crisp.  I delivered it with shaking hands and trepidation.  Much to my amazement and enjoyment, it was a hit.  I was thanked profusely and it warmed by heart that I warmed someone's belly.  It's addictive and a must!  Try this book.  There is even a cooking club syllabus in the back.  Be blessed!

(I received this book free from Handlebar Publishing as part of their blogging 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 Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.") 

NEXT UP!  Reviews coming your way this Summer....

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