At the beginning of the summer I read the book Bread & Wine. I know that the just about every blogger out their has already read and reviewed this book, so if you have already seen a review, feel free to move on. But I know that not all of you who read my blog are bloggers and not all of you who read my blog read other blogs. So this is for those who haven’t already heard about the book.
Bread & Wine is a book about food and fellowship. The author Shauna Niequist shares her thoughts and stories that surround her love of food and entertainment. It is a book filled with stories that will make you want to invite your dearest friends over to share a meal together. She shares her favorite recipes, advice about how to gain confidence in hosting others in your home and stories from her heart.
I learned so much from this book and feel encouraged to invite people into my home even when it doesn’t feel perfect and my meal is less than amazing. It has encouraged me to invite people into my kitchen to join in the journey of making dinner and reminds me that most people are more interested in the fellowship than the food.
When D and I got married I learned that not all families view food the same way. My family loves food and we eat our way through each city we visit, enjoying the meal but not the preparation of the meal. When we have to cook it isn’t a joyous occasion, but a means to the end. But his family makes cooking an adventure. Each person takes part in the making of the meal. The cooking is just as important as eating the meal itself. The preparation that goes into the meals is part of the daily activities during our time with his family.