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The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  35 reviews
What does our catholic faith teach us about eating well? Some of us eat too much food. Or we eat too little. Often we eat without gratitude, without charity, without respect. But, as award-winning author Emily Stimpson Chapman explains in The Catholic Table, with a sacramental worldview the supernatural gift of God’s grace can transform and heal us through the food we make ...more
Paperback, 170 pages
Published November 9th 2016 by Emmaus Road Publishing
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Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
So good. I closed the book and said, "Amen." It is a little repetitive, but I can forgive it for all the good I got out of it. Some things I need to hear more than once for it to really sink into my heart. I've been on a journey of learning to eat in a balanced way, but this took everything I have learned and brought it to another level. It's a complete understanding of food and the dignity of our bodies and hospitality and service to others, because it is based on God's abundant love for u
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“For Christians, feeding guests isn’t about proving our own generosity; it’s a participation in God’s generosity. He gives us good gifts, and we thank Him by sharing good gifts with others.” P. 134
Ann Warren
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some beautiful truths here to ponder about having a sacramental worldview, feasting and fasting, eating virtuously, and hospitality. I really loved her thoughts on the subjects and am excited to discuss with my small group. Her writing was a little repetitive/annoying at times, like please don’t mention bacon or beets one more time!! But overall good read!
Abby Noel
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book truly was so good!! It was formative in real hospitality (not performing for guests, but inviting them into your home for the sake of love and nothing else), while intertwined with sound theology. Truly it was a gift to read and was randomly recommended to me by a friend and this is my recommending it to YOU. It was an easy read, and the author’s easy, flowing style of prose made it so. She also throws some recipes throughout (BONUS) that I can’t wait to try. The reason I didn’t give i ...more
Michelle Rogers
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book and her sharing the perespective of the goodness of food as a gift from God. I love how she wove in an understanding of theology of the body, growth in virtues and the spiritual nature of eating as God intended: joyfully, gratefully and in community. I grew in appreciation of food as more than tasty fuel as well as was inspired to make it a point more often to practice hospitality in my home.
Katherine Bogner
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: catholicism
This is by far the best new nonfiction I have read in a long time. Emily blogs at The Catholic Table, where she writes about life and food and hospitality and faith. This book of the same title covers the same topics, but in an interwoven and introspective way that I did not expect when I first picked it up.
Emily takes food, the substance we all can't live with out, the thing many people obsess over, the item that we misuse frequently, and helps us see it through God's eyes.
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Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this more stars I would. It is a pricey book but worth every penny and more. This will be reread and will be a resource. I will share this with my daughter and will read parts aloud to the family...especially how pickiness is a sin as we make our own preferences our idol and push it upon others. Lots to ponder and pray about and to work on and instill.
Cameron M
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Catholic Table was a great little book. I've had my eyes on it for quite some time, and when I saw that my local library finally got it, I jumped on the opportunity to read it.

This is something of particularly high interest to me; the Catholic perspective on food, eating, and community surrounded food. I'm sure the author and I share this in common, and she decided to write about it. I share her sentiment that much, much more ink ought to be spilled over the theme, and God willing, I can att
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This was a quick read but filled with lots of wisdom on multiple topics regarding food. It touches upon everything from the increasingly distorted attitudes toward food in the US, to how food is viewed throughout the Bible, the Eucharist, the author's own struggle with disordered eating and recovery, bits of the Theology of the Body, fasting, feasting, eating and how it relates to the virtues, and one of my favorite sections: hospitality/entertaining. Although its intended audience is clearly ot ...more
John Mitchell
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chapman discusses her struggles with an eating disorder she developed in college and how she gradually rediscovered her Catholic faith which led her to understand food as a gift from God which then helped her to incorporate her faith into her eating habits. This is a good book for people who are worried and anxious about how much food they eat, how much they weigh and how thin they look. Not that we should overeat, but this book helps bring virtue into our eating habits and explains how God bles ...more
Jessica Wade
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book to anyone who eats—so, everyone. Through the lenses of theology and her own experiences, the author discusses fasting, feasting, hospitality, virtue, and viewing food as a sign of the Eucharist. She offers very practical wisdom to counter our culture’s various obsessions with eating too much, too little, or too particularly. Recipes are also included!
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emily has a common sense philosophy about food and how God provides for us. Written from a Catholic perspective but so valuable for anyone who wishes for sanity in our crazy, new food fad of the week society. Highly recommend to all! If you are intimidated by the Catholic terms or they make you hesitant to read this book, just skim over those parts and savor the discussions and descriptions of how simple and non-threatening hospitality God intends it to be. Emily reveals her past food struggles ...more
An absolute must-read if you're interested in the Catholic attitude toward food, hospitality, and cooking. I love it. ...more
Kimberly Poquiz
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished this book wanting to host a dinner party. It made me think of celebrating the joy of eating in a different way.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Catholic Table examines the relationship between people and food, and seeks to draw the reader into a sacramental view of food, eating, and our bodies. The author writes in an easy conversational way, which much humor & a bit of self-deprecation, as she examines her own struggle with anorexia, and her return to health both physically and spiritually. The connection between food/ eating, vices & virtues is extremely interesting and worth pondering. Hospitality is another important aspect of e ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Food is supposed to help get us to heaven, not keep us out”
I cannot tell you how much I needed to read this book. I have always struggled with body image and had a poor relationship with food. Always going to the extremes between deprivation and bingeing. This book helped changed my mindset about food and my own body. I’m 3 months postpartum with my 5th child and I just need to give myself grace. Enjoy the wonderful gift that God has given me in my children and in food.

If you have ever struggle
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read this for a book club and was originally assured that I’d still appreciate it even though I’m not catholic. Turns out to not be true. Theological differences made it hard for me to connect or agree with arguments and points. In addition, I have what I think is a fairly positive relationship with food so I found the entire book pretty unrelateable. I am excited for the recipes and a little inspired to be intentional about hosting friend dinners!
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a keeper! I loved it from beginning to end! I haven't watched the full series yet but Saint Paul Center website has a series of videos to go along with this book. I think it would be an amazing book club selection for women, - especially those who have a less than perfect relationship with food. ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Had to read for book group so read through. Preachy, judgemental, not what I expected.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: st-as-book-club
A refreshing perspective on food and faith. I would really give this 4.5 stars, but that’s not an option.
Mary Evans
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a fun read reflecting on TOB, food and hospitality!
Lisa Kendzior
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read. It has totally changed how I view food, fasting, feasting and so much more.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love Emily
Jess Lambert
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So excellent. I need to re-read a few times to really internalize and make positive changes. She has such a great view on food. I want to have that.
Ruth De
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful little book about practical theology of the body and home.
Dena St.
Excellent book!
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Agree that this is a bit preachy!
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Giving this a mercy 2 star, because she is a respected Catholic author from Steubenville.

Tried to read this... I like her articles in Franciscan Way and some old blog posts, but this book is not engaging me at all.

She is WAY into food and our relationship with food. It would probably be good for a "foodie" or someone recovering from an eating disorder. Or someone who likes books littered with random food recipes. But not me. This is like nails on a chalkboard to me.

I bought the book because th
Theresa Smith
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Emily does a lovely job reflecting on food and spirituality. She shares many of her own personal struggles with food but looks at the bigger picture of the purpose of our bodies. Emily also shares some amazing recipes and hospitality thoughts. It's a great book to share with other women who are searching for peace with food.
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book and I want to turn around and read it again. If I could give it more stars, I would.
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