Archives For Food

 

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Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.

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#1:
The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and the Discovery of Faith 

Peter Rollins

*** 99c ***

Important book that mixes theology and keen cultural insight!

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Killing It: An Education 

Camas Davis

*** LISTEN to an NPR interview with the author

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Carlo Petrini

Tomorrow, June 22, is the birthday of Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement… 

 

In honor of his birthday, here are a few brief video clips which serve as a fine introduction to his work… 

 

*** Carlo Petrini is the author of 
numerous books, including:
Slow Food: The Case for Taste and 
Slow Food Nation: Why our Food Should be Good, Clean, and Fair

On Slow Food
and Terra Madre:

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Today (Feb. 7) marks the birthday of agrarian and theologian Norman Wirzba…

 
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of our favorite brief video clips that introduce Wirzba’s work…
 

*** Norman Wirzba’s FOOD AND FAITH
was our 2011 Book of the Year!

 

Food for Thought:

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Something Truly Magical

A Feature Review of

The Art of Flavor: Practices and Principles for Creating Delicious Food
Daniel Patterson / Mandy Aftel

Hardback: Riverhead Books, 2017
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Reviewed by Andrew Camp

 

Learning to cook starts with proper techniques, from knife skills to cooking techniques. With these tools in our arsenal, we are able, given access to the right ingredients, copy a recipe with relative success. However, to move beyond this level of cooking to experimenting with different flavor combinations is a whole different skill.

Unfortunately, most cookbooks tell us what to do without explaining why we should combine those flavors. Where are we home cooks to turn, then, to move beyond mechanistic cooking, relying on what others say to a more creative, confident home cooking where we can create food that is personal, fun, and attentive to who we are? Thankfully, Daniel Patterson, a chef, and Mandy Aftel, a perfumer, together hope to fill this gap with their newest book The Art of Flavor.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

   

Amatka: A Novel

Karen Tidbeck

Read a review of this book from NPR

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One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

Grocery:
The Buying and Selling of Food in America

Michael Ruhlman

Hardback: Abrams Press, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]   [  Kindle ]

 
 
Here’s a great interview that the author
did with NPR’s “All Things Considered”
(and appropriately the interview was conducted in a grocery store)
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An Immense Pride in American Food
 
A Feature Review of 
 

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine
Sarah Lohman

Hardback: Simon and Schuster, 2016
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle ]
 
 
Reviewed by Andrew Camp
 
 
American cuisine and eating habits are a fascinating subject to me, having worked as a professional chef. We are a nation of immigrants and transplants. Our economic class structure also plays a role in American cuisine. Food deserts in lower income areas have been lamented by many, while middle and upper class people enjoy the bounty of beautiful farmer’s markets year-round.

Because of this, there are widely disparate views on eating and food habits. It seems that every week the newest and surely the greatest diet is being sold on the evening news, which many of us watch while eating a highly-processed dinner. Michael Pollan voiced this very concern in his seminal book The Omnivore’s Dilemma:

Consuming these neo-pseudo-foods alone in our cars, we have become a nation of antinomian eaters, each of us struggling to work out our dietary salvation on our own. Is it any wonder Americans suffer from so many eating disorders? In the absence of any lasting consensus about what and how and where and when to eat, the omnivore’s dilemma has returned to America with an almost atavistic force (301).

While this seems to be the case, is there anything that unites American cuisine? Sarah Lohman, author of the new book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, wondered the same thing. She recognized the extremely diverse culinary traditions of America, but then pondered, “If I look past these differences, I wondered what united America’s culinary culture?” (xv).

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Places of Time, Attention and Togetherness
 
A Review of 

Come to the Family Table:
Slowing Down to Enjoy Food, Each Other, and Jesus

Ted and Amy Cunningham

Paperback: NavPress, 2016.
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Reviewed by Janna Lynas
 
 
Looking back, it’s where I grew up: around a table, food the impetus that lured me in and fed my belly. But the people and the stories were what kept me there and fed my heart. Prayer first, food next, then a question asked or a memory shared.  The book cover condenses the main premise nicely: “The family table is where parents model Christ’s love, grandparents provide wisdom, children experience a sense of belonging and friends enjoy hospitality” And so Come to the Family Table, by Ted and Amy Cunningham shares personal experiences of a hurried lifestyle that caused an intentional slowing and time at the table with not only their children but the other people in their life that need their time and attention.

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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian

Brian McLaren

 

Read a NY Times op-ed about this book..

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