Shauna Niequist’s new book, Bread and wine: A love letter to life around the table with recipes is a book that promises tasty morsels about food and life. It is a collection of essays about love that is shared with each forkful. It is funny and inspiring, and revolves around the themes of hospitality, food, friends, family and love.
Food is the language of care. The meal doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be about taking the time to open our homes to people and spending time together. Food is the starting point, the thing to hold and handle, the gift we offer to one another.
With summer gatherings come many shared meals. This book leaves the reader wanting to follow the author’s advice for these occasions:
“Gather the people you love around the table and feed them with love and honesty and creativity. Feed them with your hands and the flavours and smells that remind you of home and beauty and the best stories you’ve ever lived. We come to the table because our hunger brings us there. We come with a need, with fragility, with an admission of our humanity.