I have always wanted to have a dinner club with my close friends. Great food, wonderful conversations and fellowship always sounded like an amazing night. Im sure you feel that same. Even if it was just once a month. Thanks to the new book from Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine, I got a little taste of what a dinner club would be like.
Niequist has complied a collection of stories from her life that have obviously touched her heart in some way or another. It starts off with a story about her mom’s blueberry crisp and the memories attached to that, then you will read a story about her fight with infertility (which she overcame…eventually), there is a story about friendship and honoring that friendship through the loss of a loved one, etc. The stories in this book will touch your heart and show you how, through all the tough times, grace will still reign.
One of the best parts about this book, for me, were the included recipes. I love to cook. Most of the stories has been matched up with a recipe that she includes at the end of the chapter. You can have a whole weeks worth of dinners thanks to Niequist. I cant wait to run to my kitchen and make some of the recipes. They include things like her mom’s blueberry crisp, healthy lentil soup, maple balsamic pork tenderloin (which I think I will be making first), and even a bread recipe. These are just to name a few.
I think this is a great book for anyone who loves spending time in the kitchen with their family and friends and who loves to entertain. But, this is also for someone who loves to give glory to God and show it through all the love you put into what you make to nourish the ones around you that mean the most to you.
This book embodies everything that Christ was talking about when he was teaching us about bread and wine. Niequist couldn't have picked a better name.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan for the purpose of this review.***