God is a foodie who wants to transform your supper into sacrament.
One of America's most beloved teachers and writers, Margaret Feinberg, goes on a remarkable journey to unearth God's perspective on food.
She writes that since the opening of creation, God, the Master Chef, seeds the world with pomegranates and passionfruit, beans and greens and tangerines. When the Israelites wander in the desert for forty years, God, the Pastry Chef, delivers the sweet bread of heaven. After arriving in the Promised Land, God reveals himself as Barbecue Master, delighting in meat sacrifices. Like his Foodie Father, Jesus throws the disciples an unforgettable two-course farewell supper to be repeated until his return.
This groundbreaking book provides a culinary exploration of Scripture. You'll descend 400 feet below ground into the frosty white caverns of a salt mine, fish on the Sea of Galilee, bake fresh matzo at Yale University, ferry to a remote island in Croatia to harvest olives, spend time with a Texas butcher known as "the meat apostle," and wander a California farm with one of the world's premier fig farmers.
With each visit, Margaret asks, "How do you read these Scriptures, not as theologians, but in light of what you do every day?" Their answers will forever change the way you read the Bible - and approach every meal.
Taste and See is a delicious read that includes dozens of recipes for those who, like Margaret, believe some of life's richest moments are spent savoring a meal with those you love.
Perhaps God's foodie focus is meant to do more than satisfy our bellies. It's meant to heal our souls, as we learn to taste and see the goodness of God together. After all, food is God's love made edible.
See you around the table!
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About the Author
Margaret Feinberg, one of America’s most beloved Bible teachers, speaks at churches and leading conferences including Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy. Her books, including Wonderstruck, Fight Back With Joy, and Scouting the Divine and their corresponding Bible studies, have sold more than one million copies and received critical acclaim and national media coverage from CNN, Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and more. She was named one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today. Margaret savors life with Leif, a pastor in Park City, Utah, and their superpup, Hershey.
Table of Contents
1 An Invitation to a Culinary Adventure 11
2 A Flaky Filet of Fish 25
Taste and See God's Power
3 A Plate of Sweet and Succulent Figs 53
Taste and See God's Satisfaction
4 A Loaf of Bread Just Out of the Oven 75
Taste and See God's Community
5 A Dash of Sea Salt 101
Taste and See God's Purpose
6 A Bowl of Delectable Olives 121
Taste and See God's Healing
7 A Flame-Grilled Lamb Chop 143
Taste and See God's Rescue
8 The Perfect Finish 165
Abundant Thanks 182
Recommended Resources 186
Recipe List 187
Free Gifts 204
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Stepping into the pages of a new Margaret Feinberg book for me is like opening a gift from a friend. I can’t wait to discover what’s inside. That was exactly what happened when I had an opportunity to read her newly published book, Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers. In Taste and See Margaret shows how prominent a role food plays throughout the Bible and points us to how it helps us grow hungry for Him and savor his goodness in our lives. Consider that the book of Genesis “unfolds like a feast with fruits and vegetables everywhere.” Margaret zeroes in on “six foods God uses to reveal and heal our deepest hungers.” But if you know anything about Margaret, you know she will not simply read up on them. She travels to spend time with the people who know these foods the best and learns about them firsthand with those intimately acquainted with every aspect of them. I loved this book and all I learned and how it drew me into deeper insights into hunger both for natural food created by God and spiritual food He offers me if I will but take time to “taste and see.”