I picked up a couple books for our long drive last week. One of them has been so great, I had to share it with you; Bread & Wine, by Shauna Niequist. Oh my gosh…I love this book. I finished it up earlier in the week and I keep toting it all over the house and in the car with me. The Author, Shauna, connects with you easily (she did me anyway) and she shares many heartfelt stories. She keeps it real but she also inspires and moves you.
Shauna shares some amazing recipes. She will have your drooling and bookmarking recipes and adding to your grocery list. I sure did. Towards the beginning of the book somewhere she refers to noodles as ribbons. That’s when she had me.
To accommodate her husband, most of the recipes are gluten free. She isn’t all about organics or nutrition…so don’t think it’s that kind of book. She and her meals are about coming together, slowing down, and reaching for one more bite. Mostly though, they are interesting dishes and she makes you want to head into the kitchen and get to it.
I love Shauna’s quote written on the back of the book:
“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 on it and splashing vinegar across the pages…and more than anything, I hope that when you put this book down, you’ll gather the people you love around your table and eat and drink, to tell stories, to be heard and fed and nourished on every level.”
There are questions and menus and stuff in the back of the book-making it a great choice for cooking clubs and book clubs.
I’m looking forward to trying some of the recipes. Tonight I’m making her Green Well Salad (p. 81). Can’t wait!