This one sat on my Kindle for a loooong time before I moved it to the top of the pile. I first read Shauna Niequist a few months ago. I really enjoyed her first book, Cold Tangerines.
Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about the nature of food and fellowship and sharing meals and celebrations around the table.
Shauna Niequist has been compared to both Donald Miller and Anne Lamott. She shares their commitment to honesty along their journey.
I was blessed to see a production in June of Cold Tangerines: The Play. It was amazing to see Niequiest’s words brought to life on the stage. I’m so glad she agreed to allow that project to bear fruit.
I’m baffled sometimes by God’s choices for our lives. Okay, my life. I’ve long wanted to have regular family nights around the table. Taco Tuesdays. Monday Night Football and Chili. Meatballs on Fridays.
A night where we would fix dinner and set the table and whoever showed up would pull a chair to the table and join in.
But my husband had a job that demanded shift work. We didn’t have a regular schedule. We might have Taco Tuesday for two weeks, then Tostada Thursday, then a week of nothing and pretty soon, we’d be back to wanting and thinking about regularly hosting friends and family, but not actually doing it.
Bread & Wine makes the case for how we truly connect over food and drink. Those connections and relationships are worth planning and cultivating.
I loved this book and it will be one I return to often. And not just for the recipes.