So, what is this book like? The reader is invited into the gourmet writing of Lauren Winner, Wendell Berry, Ann Voscamp, Amy Frykholm, Alexander Schmemann, Robert Farr Capon, and Leslie Leyland Fields who edited and coordinated this book. Interspersed among these authors are unique perspectives from lesser known writers, all organized around the themes: On the Way to the Table, In the Kitchen, The Ways we Eat, Fasting, At the Table of the Lord, and Feasting.
Here, in stories of shopping, cooking and eating, we find ways to love our God, each other, and ourselves more deeply. We partake not only of calories but true life. We discover fresh revelation about the Lord like tasting a new and unusual spice that bursts on the tongue. In stories of communion I found a desire for more of what only He can provide, the bread we so desperately need.
As someone who tries to provide healthy food for the family, I was particularly struck by the chapter entitled Table Blessings by Kelton Cobb. It was a reminder that everything God has created is good. As 1 Timothy 4:4-5 states, "Everything God has created is good, and no food is to be rejected, provided grace is said for it: the word of God and prayer make it holy."
Enjoy the recipes, the writing, and grow in the awareness of God's love, grace, and community.