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

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  12,830 ratings  ·  1,323 reviews
This book is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. Written by well-loved writer and blogger, Shauna Niequist, this mix of Girl Meets God and the Food Network is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread & Wine is a celebration of food shared and life around the table, and it reminds us of the joy ...more
Hardcover, 285 pages
Published April 9th 2013 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2013)
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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4 stars! I’ve written it before and I’ll write it again – Shauna Niequist is a woman I wish I could be friends with! How does she do it? How does Shauna write such relevant things about life, marriage and motherhood that she seems to have literally taken right out of my personal experiences? She writes from the heart, speaking such simple yet deep words of wisdom and encouragement. I feel that being a mother of young children makes me the ideal reader for Shauna’s books – we are going through th ...more
Annagrace K.
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Let's be honest: I am rarely Zondervan's target audience. In fact, I can't remember the last thing I read from this publishing house. So it was no small surprise when I LOVED this book. Yes, the author's obvious privilege and life of travel and near constant opportunity could feel pretty distant from most of us mothers and our quieter lives filled with fewer choices. Many readers have mentioned this as a serious drawback. I don't read memoirs to find someone exactly like me, though. I love getti ...more
Alexis Neal
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
A defense of messy hospitality--of honest friendship, transparent love, and lots and lots of delicious food.

At the back of this book, author Shauna Niequist lists some of her favorite writers, including bestselling author Anne Lamott and author, former New York Times restaurant critic, former Gourmet editor, and reality TV show judge (!!!) Ruth Reichl. I'm not surprised. Their influence is clear. If Ruth Reichl and Anne Lamott had a less-talented baby, and that baby wrote a book, this could be t
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The books that I love the most make me want to write – they make me swim in words and images, and beg me to jump in. They call me to tell stories, to grab a notebook and try to make a little sense of the messy world around me with my fingers and a pen.

Shauna Niequist's new book, Bread & Wine, made me want to write and cook. Write and make grocery lists. Write and mince garlic, splash olive oil, and bake bread. And of course, it made me a little hungry too.

Like a good meal, I had no desire to rac
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had great hopes when I picked up this book. I am a tremendous foodie who ADORES having people in her home for long, delicious dinner parties, flavored with good food and even better conversation. I was so disappointed in this book, however, because the narrator was haughty. You know how some people are namedroppers? Well, this author is a destination dropper. I found her constant references to multiple trips, both domestic and foreign, to be completely off-putting. I felt the same way I did wh ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read the introduction to Bread & Wine at the pool one day last week. I cried right there poolside, in the heat, sweating a bit, wanting to cool off in the water, but compelled to read a few more words. I knew immediately that I was going to love this book and I wasn't wrong.

There's much to love: Niequist's writing style is casual yet compelling. I nodded along as I read about hunger and shame and how they intertwine in her heart. I wanted to nod along as she jumped in to run a marathon, despit
I am an unabashed fan of Shauna Niequist. I fell in love with her writing the first time I read Cold Tangerines. I’ve since read that book multiple times and have lent it to several friends. Bread and Wine, though somewhat of a departure, as it did focus primarily on food, is written in a similar vein. The chapters are vignette style and each are followed with a recipe that featured somehow in the vignette. I tried to savor it slowly, but I ended up gobbling them quickly. Some were sweet, some w ...more
Christine Hoover
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I love Shauna's writing style (including in this book) and really loved her first two books. However, this one was my least favorite. I'm still trying to figure out why. Maybe because I don't love to read about food. But I do love to read about messy community and friendship, which the book is basically about. Still, her life is at times unrelatable to me, with her constant talk of travel and dinner parties and spending summers at the beach.
Cindy Rollins
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I went into this book with some high expectations (Carol Baker loved it) and some low ones (I am not a Zondervan target audience either). I do not read cooking blogs and while I would love to travel it doesn't happen often. All that said, I truly enjoyed reading about Shauna's life and I am looking forward to trying the recipes. There were even a couple passages that mirrored things I had written about in my book which I found fun even though I would have never considered Shauna a kindred spirit ...more
Lisamarie Landreth
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: god-and-glam
Those of you that watch our monthly book chats know Shauna Niequist is my favorite author. I sing her praises like a canary because she's shaped my worldview and inspired my identity as a writer more than any author. In her third work, she once again delivers a deeply profound, yet completely accessible memoir on building a life that says "welcome, there's a seat at my table for you."
Nicole Chase
I think I want to be Shauna Niequist when I grow up.

This was so wonderful. Not-quite-just-a-cookbook and not-quite-just-a-memoir, Bread & Wine celebrates the way the act of eating together provides a common thread through our lives, a setting where the most real moments of love and friendship can be shared, and a tangible, taste-able bond to the memories we hold dear. Shauna reminds me that we are Bread and Wine people, made for communion not just formally on Sundays, but in little ways whenever
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful! I've been in the habit of making meals out duty and I haven't enjoyed the process. I LOVED how she thinks about meal making, how it's a way to show love & connect. But this book isn't just about cooking, it's about relationships & God & so much more. I really, really enjoyed it! ...more
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Well, I think I am becoming a Shauna Niequist super fan. She writes so warmly, so clearly, so honestly and often she has feelings just like me. I'm now listening to her podcasts, which are excellent, by the way, and have her book Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way waiting for me at the library. This book would be a lovely gift to give to a friend. ...more
Anne Bogel
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic cookbook/memoir mashup, and definitely Niequist's best book to date.
Hannah Moerman
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-purchase
easily my favourite shauna niequist book, for a few reasons:
• it is full of details, which is my favourite kind of writing, because it forces me to notice things.
• it is so warm & truthful & thoughtful
• it forced me to think about food which is... not my natural posture. i think this book is helping me to love food. i am grateful.
• there were some essays about being in our bodies (& also one about running) that just really met me where i’m at with some of these thoughts.

anyways. bah.
Lori Inouye
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Delightful read. Eager to try most of the recipes. Already purchased another of her books.
It's been awhile since I've been immediately captured by a memoir -- I laughed and cried, the latter more often than the former. I very much appreciated the honesty with which she wrote about her own struggles and some of the struggles of the people in her life. Messy truth, FTW!

I also read this book with a great deal of envy -- both for her table and the people sitting around it.

I love that she's combined memoir with food writing. She's not the first, of course. Molly Wizenberg's A Homemade Li
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: x-2016
I wanted to love this book, but I didn’t. I wanted to like this book more than I did, particularly because a dear friend from church handed it to me one day and asked me to read it. We are the same age and about to see the decade of the sixties approaching this year. While in the middle of the book, we talked briefly about it, and I told her I was struggling to continue in it. We both agreed that it was difficult to relate to . . . maybe because of a generational thing. I erroneously thought tha ...more
Mazzou B
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Not quite a cookbook, not just a memoir but a unique glimpse into the life of an enthusiastic and hospitable woman, I found the book Bread and Wine to be an enjoyable read. Personally, I thought Shauna's writing style delightful. Of course, I may be a little biased on account of the fact that the author has that unique weakness as I for such elite foods as bacon-wrapped dates, figs, chocolate, cheese and such. However, regardless of personal tastes, my impression was that Shauna possesses that ...more
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, booksneeze
I've thought a lot recently about "being present" for the real-time experiences of my life. I don't want to be caught updating my Facebook status and miss the real moments because I'm too busy crafting clever ways to advertise them. All that being said, I think there is tangible value in writing about our experiences. We enjoy our memories more fully as we marinate in their nuances and seek for words to describe them. (Maybe this explains part of why I enjoy writing book reviews?) For author Sha ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lyrical writing, recipes that are right up my alley, and an emphasis on loving people by feeding them and being authentic. There is a short but well-curated reading list in the back (cookbooks + good writing on food and life), and many quotes and sections I'll be returning to for hospitality inspiration. This book made me hungry - for good food and for sincere fellowship around the table with people I love.

EDITED TO ADD: Four years later, I’m not as enamored of this book, although I still enjoye
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bread & Wine is a collection of stories about life around the kitchen table - about family, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. Each story is heartwarming and insightful and introduces the recipes connected to the stories.
I love Shauna's writing style. It's normal and relatable yet deep enough to hit you and make you feel what you have wanting to say all along. I found myself saying "Yes! Thank you!" and “I totally get it” in the midst of reading her book because she voices what
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After reading Bread & Wine I want to cook more, read more, live more, eat good food more, and sit around the table more. Yet, in the midst of all the more, it feels simple more as well—as if the inspiration from Shauna Niequiest is clearing the table of junk mail, lighting a candle, inviting friends, and saying, "Here, let me serve you nourishment and joy." Yes, I pretty much adored this book. ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! I enjoyed reading every page! The author writes short chapters where she ties food into the personal events writes about (often giving the recipe at the end of the chapter). Beautifully written and very honest. This book makes me want to plan more dinner gatherings and make a better effort to savor meal time with my loves.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book ranks up high with Molly Wizenberg's memoir for me. And the recipes work.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I took my time and read this almost in a devotional style one chapter a day or every few days. It has been a encouragement and inspired me to being more people to my table regardless of the conditions around it. Messy or maintained. Just bring them and connect and bond and learn and comfort each other.
It’s a beautiful book, a little slow at times but in a way that encourages you to take your time. Take your time when you read it.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
It's on me for not realizing a book named "Bread and Wine" would be Jesus-y.
Callie Glorioso-Mays
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. And, just to be clear, I've never begun a book review that way!

Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes is Shauna Niequist's third book. Unlike many other reviewers, I knew little about Niequist before I began the book. Really, I only knew that she was a blogger, but I'd never even visited her site. But with this book, she won me over. It felt like I was hearing from a kinded spirit and, over and over, I found myself nodding, crying, laughing and draw
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: Rachel Held Evans
I'm not the kind of reader who's into "food memoirs" as a genre, and I definitely don't read cookbooks for fun. (I skimmed the recipes in this one.) Nonetheless, I understand why I see this book pop up over and over again. Niequist convinced me that I could learn to cook, if I wanted to; that I could run a marathon, if I tried; and that if I really just need a nap right now, that's OK too.

Niequist's honesty and relatability, coupled with her beautiful turns of phrase and her luscious description
Create With Joy
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every day, when I walk to my mail box, I long for something amazing. A letter from a long lost friend… a large check… a book that will transform my life.

I’m still hoping those checks and letters will arrive, but I recently received a wonderful ARC to review!

Bread & Wine – A Love Letter To Life Around The Table With Recipes by Shauna Niequist contains many mouth-watering recipes – but the book is about much more than food. Bread & Wine celebrates the sacred moments that occur when people gather i
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Shauna Niequist is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine. Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is married to Aaron Niequist, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek Community Church and is recording a project called A New Liturgy. Aaron & Shauna live ...more

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