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Tasting Grace: How Food Invites Us Into Deeper Connection with God, One Another, and Ourselves

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The winner of Food Network Star season five and New York Times bestselling author of Ten Dollar Dinners shares how God used food to invite her into His love.

Stuck in a cycle of dieting and exercising, Melissa found that her real food struggle was rooted in her relationship with God. She set out on a journey to get "back on track" with God when it came to eating and how she
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Waterbrook Press
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book. I found her writing to be lovely and relatable. There was a lot of... food for thought and I found it very inspiring as well!
Sophia B
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was let down by this book. I thought it would be interesting to delve into the emotional side of cooking and eating, like the book described itself "how food invites us into deeper connection with god, one another, and ourselves." Unfortunately it was none of those things. It was mostly anecdotal, almost a memoir, with mention of her stint as winner of 'The Next Food Network Star' at every and any possible opportunity. Slapping a box of bulleted directional "exercises" after lengthy stories of ...more
Ginger Hudock
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was attracted to this book because, as a nutritionist and blogger, I think about food a lot. And as a Christian, I was interested to read what d'Arabian's take would be on food and scripture. In this memoir d'Arabian takes us from her childhood where she grew up poor and hungry to her current life as a cookbook author and food blogger.
I enjoyed both learning about d'Arabian's life and faith story and her writing style. I recommend this book to any Christian who wants to go deeper in
Anastasia Tuckness
This book touched my heart and is changing the way I think about food, especially serving food to others. Melissa d'Arabian, Food Network star, mom, and deep-thinking Christian, shares stories from her life and how God used food to invite her into deeper relationships with Himself, those around her, and herself as well. I listened to the book, which was read aloud by d'Arabian, and I'm glad I did, because it felt like sitting down for tea with a girlfriend who's asked the same questions I have ...more
When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing "cool" to do but reading sitting in front of the a/c as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. (Yes it is hot and humid in Canada!)

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

The winner of
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ill admit that the first reason I selected this title was the cover. The colours stood out and it piqued my interest. Reading more about the content intrigued me even more.

Wow. Thats all I can say (which is obviously untrue as Im going to say a lot more below.) I read this in one sitting and will be buying a copy to read again, to highlight, to make notes in. Ill be recommending it to a ton of friends and family members who are about food or passionate about people.

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Patti Whitson Stephenson She Lives to Read
almost did not take the opportunity to do an early review of this book. I knew about the author from her Food Network shows, but I just wasnt sure that Id connect with this book at all. Im so glad that I read this one. I found Melissa dArabian to be an author that truly does know how to connect to her readers and she drew me into this book from the very first chapter.

The account of her growing-up years was surprising to me. Realizing that she did not have enough food in her home to have a
Michelle Kidwell
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tasting Grace
Discovering the Power of Food to Connect Us to God, One Another, and Ourselves

by Melissa d'Arabian

WaterBrook & Multnomah


Biographies & Memoirs , Christian

Pub Date 10 Sep 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Tasting Grace through WaterBrook & Multonomah and Netgalley:

In this book we are reminded that food and our relationship too food is central to modern day life but food is not only central to modern day life, it has been central to life through history.

We are reminded
Lynn Reynolds
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I think some reviewers are disappointed by this book because they were expecting a straightforward memoir. But Melissa DArabian mentions in the introduction that she studied at Princeton Theological Seminary to prepare for writing Tasting Grace, so readers are given plenty of warning that the book will focus on spiritual issues. She also makes it clear up front that her own religious views are Christian.

Specifically, Tasting Grace invites her readers to examine their relationship with food
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! In fact, it was one of my favourites I have read in 2019. I never thought a book on the theology of food would appeal to me so much, but Melissa d'Arabian approaches this book with nuance, beautiful writing, and lots of truth! She is practical, theological, personable and all around enjoyable to read. She made me think a lot about issues surrounding food that I haven't thought about before - but through a Gospel-centered lens. I recommend this book to anyone who loves food, ...more
Emily Kidd
With surprisingly accurate theology, DArabian discusses the intersections between God and food that is much needed in todays culture. In doing so via a mix of Scripture, anecdotal stories, and practical tips, Melissa invites her readers into compassion, comfort, creation, authenticity, grace, patience, connection, nurturing, stewardship, humility, work, delight, acceptance, dependence, hospitality, and the Sacred, chapter by chapter.

This is a book I plan to keep in my kitchen and revisit as
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book....that Melissa dArabian can put into words for others how her faith and her love of cooking can coincide into such a great outcome and to share that with others is inspiring. I have always enjoyed watching Melissa on Food Network....when she competed, has her own show, and is guest-judge on Guys Grocery Games!! She seems to be such a nice and relatable person. What she puts into this book shows her compassionate, faithful personality, giving insight to others on another way ...more
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This memoir was not what I expected. It's a very simple read, all about Melissa d'Arabian's life and specifically her roots with food. She tries to connect it to God but I believe that part falls short. The best quote I found was in chapter 7, referring to her mother... "The answer is, she taught me to love and she showed me that cooking for people was an outward expression of that love. She inspired me to cook for the people, not the plate. My mom taught me to value a big pot of chili shared ...more
MOe Carpenter
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have raided this book before reading any of the other reviews. after reading other reviews I will keep my star rating but would like to note that this is not a self-help book, which is what it sounds like it is classified as. I went into it believing it was an auto biography or inspirational which is much better at categorizing it .
as a fellow Christian I found it easy to follow along with a book but at the same time I realized that this would be very hard to follow if you did not share a
Michelle Castaneda
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tasting Grace by Melissa d'Arabian is a special book. I started reading an early review copy of this book in early June and immediately knew it was something special. I've been waiting for the chance to share it, since I realized that June was a bit early! This is a book with concepts about food that the world has lost, concepts the world desperately needs. Food is not the enemy. Food is meant to be shared and savored. There is so much here in this book. It is full of pearls of wisdom to ponder ...more
Nancy Noble
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had not heard of this book or author until I read a short review in the Banner (Christian Reformed Church magazine), and thought it would be a good book to give to a friend of mine. It would be easy to judge a book author by her jacket photo, but Melissa d'Arabian's story brings great depth to the book, and I ended up very impressed with her, and her inspirational writing. I'm not a follower of the Food Network, but I do appreciate good food, and well written food memoirs, and this one was ...more
Heather F
Apr 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
I thought I was the ideal audience for this book: I've followed d'Arabian since her Next Food Network Star days, and admire her suicide prevention work. I saw that this book was based in faith but I thought there was also food, and food+culture is always fascinating.
If you're a Christian woman who leads your church's youth group, this might be the book for you. It wasn't for me.

Thank you to NetGalley for letting me review this book.
Cara Meredith
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Seems to me a loss not to include all the recipes she mentions and builds chapters around, effectively making it a food memoir. Instead, it feels like shes attempting to weave her story with afterthoughts of Christian Living, bookending the front and end of chapters and for the most part ignoring spiritual analysis in the middle. ...more
Emilee (emileereadsbooks)
This book is a marriage between a Food Network star memoir, and a Christian nonfiction book about food.

I dont love memoir type books that arent linear. And so this one did not hit that sweet spot for me. I did enjoy the stories and the viewpoints on connection to God through food however.

It was an interesting read, but not enough to grant more than a just a like from me.
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty easy read, I enjoyed. I felt that there was a good mix of memoir and patient's thought on food and God. I feel similarly to the author about several points so that made the book probably more enjoyable for me. I would have liked more of a storyline, the chapters seemed a bit choppy, back and forth about the author's life. But overall easy and enjoyable.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it
There were some chapters I really liked, but her writing style wasnt for me. Each chapter felt like I was reading a college paper: obvious thesis statement for the chapter, supporting stories or points, conclusions. Many places also felt repetitive. Glad I finished it, but it took more time for me to get through it than expected. ...more
Lauren O'Neill
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a memoir, I thought this was a great read! The author shared some ideas about hospitality, food consumption, and preparation from a Biblical perspective that struck a cord and gave me some things to consider.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, in-depth look into our relationship with food and how it can draw us to God and each other. A book that will encourage you to contemplate the role of food in your life in a beautiful way.
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I admire Melissa for her beliefs and for her focus on family. And at times I found this book compelling. It was occasionally preachy, and occasionally repetitive, but i finished the book and enjoyed it. It did make me think a few times.
Kristal Golden
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sharing a meal, offering food, fellowship flows and builds deep relations and connections. God provides and that matters.
Linda Bumba
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tasting Grace is well written, in language the reader can understand and follow. The book includes story, some background, and helpful suggestions.
Linda Bumba
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tasting Grace is well written, in language the reader can understand and follow. The book includes story, some background, and helpful suggestions.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lot more than I expected. Basically a theology of food.
Caroline Gemes
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Definitely an interesting subject to write a book on and so many good thoughts! Niche subject so a little repetitive at times but great mix of theology and stories
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a memoir, told through stories related to food and Melissa's experiences with food throughout her life. Each chapter is an "invitation" to a difference characteristic (i.e. compassion, grace, humility) and shares a story along with Bible quotes and Melissa's interpretation of the scripture and how it relates to food/eating/family. The book was interesting, but I think I expected something different. This was just about Melissa's life and how she relates to food. Some of the stories ...more
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