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Life at the Table

 
A Feature Review of:

From Tablet to Table: Where Community is Found and Identity is Formed
Leonard Sweet

Hardback: NavPress, 2015
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Reviewed by Andrew Camp
 
 
I was raised at the table. Every morning and every evening, I, along with my three sisters, were required to be at the table to have breakfast and dinner together, even when one of us had to be at school at 7:00 am. I don’t remember much of what was shared or talked about each breakfast and dinner, but I do remember the table being a very safe place, a place where no matter what had transpired throughout the day, when we sat down together as a family, I was in a sanctuary.
 
The primacy to which my parents gave the table has greatly informed my understanding of life, God and Church. When I set out on my own, I wanted the table to be central to how I lived and practiced the same hospitality my parents so generously exhibited. As I enjoyed table fellowship with others, whether in my home or in their home, I became curious as to why we were more than content to linger around the dining room table, sometimes sitting in less than comfortable chairs, long after the meal was consumed, when the living room furniture was just a few steps away.

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An excerpt from
 

Bread and Wine:
A Love Letter to Life Around the Table

Shauna Niequist

Hardback: Zondervan, 2013.
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There is a wonderful review of this book by Jennifer Burns Lewis in our current print issue…
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The Table Comes First - Adam GopnikEver-Broadening Metaphors of Common Life

The Table Comes First:

Family, France and The Meaning of Food.

Adam Gopnik.

Hardback: Knopf, 2011.
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Reviewed by Sara Sterley

The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food, Adam Gopnik’s newest book, is a fascinating and careful study of the role of the table, and, therefore, food, in modern life. Weaving in personal stories and favorite recipes, Gopnik takes the reader on an adventure beginning with the very first food “scene” in Paris and tracing its effects throughout the Western world.

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An excerpt from

The Table Comes First:

Family, France and The Meaning of Food.

Adam Gopnik.

Hardback: Knopf, 2011.
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Watch for our review of this book next week!