At the beginning of the summer, I received the book “Bread and Wine” by Shauna Niequist to read and review. I’ve read other books by Shauna, so was looking forward to reading her newest book. I can honestly say I wasn’t disappointed. Bread and Wine, to me, was a collection of stories and recipes, showing how food can bring people together. It talks about lessons learned over the dinner table, discussions of life during bridal and baby showers, and memories of places, people and food.
I was a little nervous about reading a book that included recipes, because of my food allergies. I didn’t want to read a bunch of recipes that I couldn’t eat. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of the recipes were gluten free or could be modified. Her husband doesn’t eat gluten, so she has learned to modify recipes. There were a few times, where she talked about baguettes and cheeses in France, when I wanted to shut the book and not continue to read. There are still times where I struggle with my food allergies and eating bread and cheese in France has always been a dream of mine. The chapters are short, so if I got discouraged with my food allergies, I did put it down for awhile until I could pick it back up. But that’s my issue, and nothing to do with the book.
The stories reminded me of the importance of gathering over a dinner table, and sharing with family and friends. It reminded me how life can pass quickly by and it’s important to take the time to have people over and to be conscious of their eating habits or allergies. The recipes at the ends of the chapters were sometimes incorporated into the story itself. Some recipes are easier than others, and it’s encouraged to start on small and work up to the more difficult recipes.
While I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, there are a few that I would like to try, including the bacon wrapped dates. Doesn’t that sound so good? But the book is more than recipes, it’s about relationships being made and deepened over the table. It’s a book that I recommend to read. It doesn’t need to be read in one sitting, it can be read a little at a time. It’s all worth your time.
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