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The Spirit of Food

The Spirit of Food

Thirty-four Writers on Feasting and Fasting toward God
Edited by Leslie Leyland Fields

You are invited to a feast for the senses and the spirit! Thirty-four adventurous writers open their kitchens, their recipe files, and their hearts to illustrate the many unexpected ways that food draws us closer to God, to community, and to creation. All bring a keen eye and palette to the larger questions of the role of food—both its presence and its absence—in the life of our bodies and spirits. Their essays take us to a Canadian wheat farm, a backyard tomato garden in Cincinnati, an organic farm in Maine; into a kosher kitchen, a line of Hurricane Katrina survivors as they wait to be fed, a church basement for a thirty-hour fast; inside the translucent layers of an onion that transport us to a meditation on heaven, to a church potluck, and to many other places and ways we can experience sacramental eating. In a time of great interest and equal confusion over the place of food in our lives, this rich collection, which includes personal recipes, will delight the senses, feed the spirit, enlarge our understanding, and deepen our ability to “eat and drink to the glory of God.”

Contributors Include:
Alexander Schmemman, Alissa Herbaly Coons, Amy Frykholm, Andre Dubus, Ann Voskamp, Brian Volck, Caroline Langston, Deborah Leiter Nyabuti, Denise Frame Harlan, Fred Raynaud, Gary LeBlanc, Gina Ochsner, Hannah Faith Notess, Jacqueline Rhodes, Jeanne Murray Walker, Jeremy Clive Huggins, K. C. Lee, Kelton Cobb, Kirstin Vander Giessen-Rietsma, Laura Bramon Good, Lauren Winner, LaVonne Neff, Luci Shaw, Margaret Hathaway, Mary Kenagy Mitchell, Nancy J. Nordenson, Patty Kirk, Robert Farrar Capon, Stephan and Karen Baldwin, Suzanne Wolfe, Thomas Maltman, Vinita Hampton Wright, Wendell Berry

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