The Spirit of Food: Thirty-four Writers on Feasting and Fasting toward God

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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 ...
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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.""

Featuring the writings of
Robert Farrar Capon, Wendell Berry, Lauren Winner, Luci Shaw, Andre Dubus, Jeanne Murray Walker, Brian Volck, and many others,
INCLUDING ORIGINAL RECIPIES!

Endorsements:
""I'm trying to resist the temptation to pun--describing this as a rich feast of essays, or essays one will relish with delight, or essays that one should savor, and so forth--but I can't. This collection is a meal for the mind.""
--Mark Galli
Senior Managing Editor
Christianity Today

""This is a gift to the Body of Christ--delicious prose and glistening dishes to assist the necessary recovery of our whole persons. As Saint John Chrysostom proclaims: 'The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you! The calf is fatted; let no one go forth hungry! Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.' Taste and see, indeed.""
--Scott Cairns author of The Compass of Affection

""From the sheen on the belly of a fresh-caught salmon to the reassuring heft of homemade bread straight from the oven, this new collection by thirty-four outstanding writers opens by celebrating the sheer joy of eating, then ushers us into the realm of holy sacrament. The Spirit of Food, edited by Leslie Leyland Fields, is not only rich in wisdom gained the hard way--through the gathering, growing, and preparing of what winds up on our multifarious tables--but shines with luminous gratitude at the abundant graciousness of God.""
--Paula Huston author of Forgiveness: Following Jesus into Radical Loving

""Leslie Leyland Fields has done those of us interested in The Spirit of Food a great service by collecting thirty-four wonderful essays and recipes. Her careful choices remind us of the many ways God can be present in the human experience of eating. The essays on fasting, feasting, and the Lord's Supper join others which recall the experiences of grace or the call for justice which occur in everyday meals.""
--Shannon Jung author of Food for Life: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating

""I loved reading all these wise, honest, and funny people writing about eating--the conundrums and efforts and delights involved in our relationship to food, and God, and God-as-food. It's a beautiful and inspiring collection of essays. I've been praying and eating better since reading it.""
--Debbie Blue author of Sensual Orthodoxy

About the Contributor(s):
Leslie Leyland Fields is the author of seven books, including Surviving the Island of Grace: A Life on the Wild Edge of America and ""Parenting is Your Highest Calling"" . . . and 8 Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt. She teaches in Seattle Pacific University's Master of Fine Arts Program and lives in Kodiak, Alaska.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608995929
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 813,135
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Leyland Fields is the author of seven books, including Surviving the Island of Grace: A Life on the Wild Edge of America and "Parenting is Your Highest Calling" . . . and 8 Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt. She teaches in Seattle Pacific University 's Master of Fine Arts Program and lives in Kodiak, Alaska.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    Satisfying & Inspiring

    The Spirit of Food is a marvelous book. The depth and breath of this anthology is powerful, but in a manner that inspires you without bogging you down. I've found it much more manageable and accessible than other nonfiction pieces because each of the essays is brief yet poignant. It's like a tasty and fulfilling little snack.

    Since reading from The Spirit of Food I've felt a new connection with my plate, supermarket and kitchen. This book is steeped is smells, textures and stories; I long to visit these farms, markets and tables! It's good to be stopped sometimes and reminded of the significance and vitality of a ritual we can mundanely gloss over 3 times a day. We eat! What a beautiful privilege God has given us and how much more there is to learn from it than we often realize. This book has encouraged me to be increasingly present and aware in the practice of eating, retrieving and preparing food.

    I highly recommend The Spirit of Food. It will be a Christmas gift for several cooks on my list and the beauty of it is that it's not just a book for foodies.

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

    This collection is a meal for the mind

    I was hesitant to spend $30.00 on a paperback cookbook. However, I have not been disappointed. Inspiring stories, wonderful recipes!
    Jackie

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    Highly Recommended-You'll want to roll-up your sleeves and get cooking!

    What and excellent book! The stories told are as varied as the authors who wrote them. No two essays are exactly alike. They all broach the same subject, but are not repetitious or boring and speak on the subject from very different perspectives.

    What a great way to sample the writing of several authors. After reading this book, I can't wait to read some of the other works written by these very talented writers.

    Leslie Leyland Fields, who is a superb writer herself, has done an excellent job of editing, as well as contributing to the text. She and the other writers also pass on the most delicious recipes! I like the fact that the recipes are listed in the Table of Content with the page number so I can easily find one when I need it.

    This book feeds the soul as well as the body, as it directs you toward God, the sustainer of all life.

    I would highly recommend this book to others.

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