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Taste and See: Discovering God among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers

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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
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Published January 22nd 2019 by Zondervan
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Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible-study, cooking
Feinberg selects certain foods from the Bible and goes around the globe in research and searching the Biblical significance. Wow! Makes me think of food in the Bible differently. Fun writing and recipes included. Looking forward to doing this study.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You might want to grab a snack before you start this book, because it’s going to make you hungry - physically and spiritually.

Margaret Feinberg shows us that God really does want us to TASTE and See that the Lord is good. She points out examples from God’s Word that food and fellowship can and should be used to draw us closer to Him.

Each chapter takes the reader of an adventure that leads you deeper into God’s Word and finishes with multiple recipes to try at home.

Whether you read this book on
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2019
My soul craved this book and I didn’t even know it! It has brought me closer to God and the people around my table. I have a feeling it will be one I keep coming back to and reflecting on. Now, I can’t wait to try out all the recipes!
Kelsey Hinton
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! It was a fascinating read and I learned so much I didn’t know about the historical context and culture of the Bible from a food perspective. It challenged me in my faith and made me want to cook everything in the book at the same time! I’d love to try out another book by Margaret Feinberg because I enjoyed her style of writing.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
This was a really interesting bible study. It made me look at and appreciate food in a different, more spiritual, way.
Lisa Brantly
Read Supper of the Lamb (Robert Farrar Capon) instead. 2.5 stars. Rounded up... Might be some good recipes
Greta Schrock
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was invited to join the Launch Team for this book.
I have loved everything Margaret Feinberg has written and her new book is more of her wonderful writing. Taste and See is a look at how the God's gift of food speaks to His love for us. Some make food a evil thing to be avoided so they can wear skinny jeans, or the drug of comfort or use it as a tool of control against something we struggle against. Food is, always has been, and in God's economy always will be, a gift. It is God's creative
1. Go to store.
2. Buy olives, figs, bread, fish, meat.
3. Read this book.

This is a quick and easy read. It is fun to read more about the food of the Bible. The food used for feasts and the food used in stories, parables and illustrations of the Bible.
I wouldn't say this is a meaty book (Whoops! LOL), or theologically heavy, but it is a fun, lighter read.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted it to be meatier (pun intended) than it was but it was still extremely helpful in a few chapters in connecting foods and their meaning. I felt like the chapters on olives, dates, and bread were the most helpful and well done. The light give here was worth it. Not a deep dive but definitely a good exposure to these ideas.
Misty Johnston
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited because, I was chosen to be a part of the book launch team and have received the first three chapters. If you have read and love Scooting the Divine, The Scared Echo, Fight Back with Joy, Wonder Struck, The Organic God, and Hungry for God as much as I do this book will not disappoint. Margaret Feinberg again teaches us a new and exciting way to see God in everyday things. In this book she introduces us to new people and new places. Her writing paints a picture in your mind and ...more
Sarah Styf
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I never would have picked up this book if I hadn't been assigned reading before a writing conference partially led by the author, but here we are. Feinberg puts food and faith into a perspective that I have never considered before. For years, I've continually brought up the idea of communion being a literary motif in many works of fiction that my students read, but I had never considered how communion, the act of breaking bread with fellow believers, plays such a significant role throughout ...more
Kathy  Bailey
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing the first three chapters of Margaret Feinberg's new book, Taste and See. After reading Margaret's book, Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool and Wild Honey, I started to realize the significance of so many details in the scriptures that had been insignificant to me before. The Bible can be compared to the layers of an onion: there are so many layers that every time you read it you uncover more tasty morsels. Speaking of tasty morsels, the first three chapters of ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Love food? Read this book.

Interested in the Bible? Read this book.

Want to know more about Jeus? Read this book.

Ever wonder if God is intentional with the small details? Read this book.

I picked this one up on the recommendation of an author I very much admire and relate to, and I was blown away by how good and impactful it is. I loved how informative it was not only on the fascinating bits about the foods talked about, but also on how much those foods tie so much into who God is and
Shelley Connelie
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As part of the Taste and See launch team, I've been given the opportunity to read and review the first three chapters of Margaret Feinberg's latest offering and, from the opening sentences, I am hooked! Margaret has a wonderful way of presenting scripture in a contemporary and meaningful way, drawing the reader in to a personal experience that speaks to the hunger we all have to be in community with God and with each other. I can't WAIT to read this book in it's entirety!
Mira Prater
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I have loved studying this book this summer. It’s all about how food is holy and how that idea is prevalent in The Bible. Feinberg travels across the globe investigating the biblical stories of some of the most prominent foods mentioned in The Bible. Her writing makes you feel like you’re right there, tasting a fig or an olive. It includes recipes and I can’t wait to try some of them.
Candice Poindexter
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honored to be part of a team that received the first three chapters of this book. I've heard Margaret speak at Women of Joy twice and had the pleasure of meeting her last May. I'm a huge fan of hers. Scouting the Divine was awesome, and this new book promises to be another favorite. Reading Margaret's book is like having a conversation with a good friend who never fails to not only make you feel better but helps you see important truths in a new light.
Mary Reilly
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and 1/2 stars. The author is a Jewish roots girl so she pretty much had me when she began with fishing in the Galilee. Biblically sound and an encouragement to eat mindfully, invite others to the table and continually thank the Lord for his gift of food.
Michelle Slomp
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book blends cooking, foods with deep theology and teachings that takes the reader through a journey.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
A verse that has become a refrain in my life is John 10:10 which reminds me that Jesus came to give us life to the abundance. Taste & See is a book that further emphasizes this for me. I loved learning the importance of food mentioned in the Bible, the historical context, what the original audience would instinctually know to be true and for the ways God uses sustenance to provide, mystify and delight us. This quick read will be one I return to for satisfying insights (and yummy recipes of ...more
Trevor Limberg
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Margaret's writing style is almost as delectable as the food she's discovering more about! I loved this book, and learned much from it!
Gabrielle Stoller
I am doing this for the "Book with Food in it" Category in Extreme Book Nerd.

I would also give this 3.5 stars.

This book immediately intrigued me when I saw it at Barnes and Noble. It's a universally known fact that I am a foodie. So to find a Spiritual text with the byline of "Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, and Fresh Food Makers," I was hooked. There are so many instances in the Bible where food is the center. Indeed, Christ is the "Bread of Life," "Fount of Living Water" "the Lamb of
PollyAnna Joy
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Margaret's books have been on my radar since I first found FIGHT BACK WITH JOY, so it was a no-brainer for me to purchase and read TASTE AND SEE by her. And, again, I have not been disappointed. Margaret does her research, yes, AND she loves Jesus, AND she loves the Word of God.

I love her heart. I am now underlining every mention of any and all foods in the Bible and digging deeper into what God says about foods!!!

One thing that stood out the most for me was when Margaret told us about
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have long considered myself both a foodie and a Christ-follower, but Margaret’s insights have opened my eyes to how much I’ve been missing over the last few years. As our daughters have grown, our schedules have become so crazy, and my life as a mom has become more and more fast-paced, so too have our family meals. My time with friends around a table, shared conversations over a warm beverage, and the invitations to friends or family to gather at our home are fewer and further in between. Some ...more
April Swiger
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of spending a few days getting to know Margaret this past Fall. She is beautifully sincere, witty, and intelligent, and her love for God and others is apparent. A few months later, when Margaret shared about the opportunity to read the first three chapters of Taste and See before it officially launched, I was thrilled to accept.

I come from a long line of foodies, and have pursued cooking fresh ingredients from scratch for my family for almost a decade. I knew her book was
Emily P
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
As a home cook that loves to know the background behind her favorite dishes, I thought "Taste and See" was an engrossing read. I have read one of Feinberg's books prior to this, which I loved. Her style of writing is at once simple and profound.

In "Taste and See," Feinberg goes beyond curiosity, deciding to begin a journey to see how foods that are related to Scripture are crafted, created and cooked. Once you begin the book, you will not want to pause, unless it is to try one of the amazing
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read the 1st three chapters of this book, and I want to share with you the great opportunity available if you are interested in this book! There is a free online Bible study starting 1-21-19, which is the time this book officially releases. (I got 3 chapters early from the publisher.) You can sign up for the free Bible study to watch the videos for free and get free downloads. Just click here--

Now about the book -- The title, "Taste and See" gives
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I was more than a little skeptical about how pertinent a foodie book would be for me—a non-foodie. Yes, I eat food every day but my standard of a meal fixed for my family is that it gets eaten by said family and doesn’t make them sick. Additionally, to make things easier I had my “go to” meals that I repeated on a regular basis, so unfortunately my adult son still gags at the thought of spaghetti and marinara sauce (read that boxed spaghetti dinner) which was served throughout ...more
Pam Ecrement
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Opening a book of Margaret Feinberg's is experiencing metaphors and insights into biblical stories and truths that expand your understanding and draws you into deeper intimacy with the Lord. The newest book is no exception to enjoy such an adventure.

I have read the first three chapters of Taste and See to review from the author and immediately was captivated by the theme of the book. Margaret causes the reader to dig deeper into the understanding of hunger, but not only hunger for more of the
Katie Ubry-Terrell
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Margaret's new book is intoxicating. Take her warning seriously: this book WILL make you hungry! I got my hands on the first 3 chapters before the official book release and my mouth is watering to read the subsequent chapters! I'm in love with the trend of Christian foodie books, but Margaret has taken the genre to a whole new level. While others have focused on the community that is built around the table, Margaret takes us on a culinary tour of the Bible. If you liked "Scouting the Divine", ...more
Cassie Troja
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m giving this book 5 stars because it combines my favorite things in soulful prose: food, fellowship, and faith. In this book, Margaret Feinberg goes on a journey that spans the globe to find ways in which food ties us to God. Halfway through the mouth-watering first chapter I found myself asking:

[i] Why didn’t I think of this before?![/i]

It’s a brilliant premise and a lovely exploration into yet another way that God uses the beautiful world He created to draw us to Him. I love food, and I
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A self-described "hot mess," Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Women of Joy. Her books, including The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, and Wonderstruck and their corresponding Bible studies, have sold nearly one million copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media ...more
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