9780310328179_p0_v4_s260x420Reviewed by Christen Krumm

More than just a book of essays or simply just a cookbook, Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes is an amazing addition to any book and/or food lover’s library. Written by Shauna Niequist this little book of essays is rich and full of life. Each essay is accompanied by a new recipe for you to try in the kitchen. In the introduction, Niequist suggests that you read the book in its entirety before diving into the recipes in the kitchen, but if you are anything like me, you will find it very hard to do! I devoured this book like no other and then went back and read my favorite essays over again. This is a book that will be well loved for a time to come. Written in a conversationalist tone, you will forget that you are reading a book and instead be surprised when you look up and not see Niequist sitting with you drinking a glass of wine.

After reading Niequist’s essay, “What the Table is For”, I wanted to call my mom, sister, and all my close girlfriends to start a cooking club. The camaraderie and closeness that Niequist has with her group of friends will have you craving that as well. I love everything included in the appendix as well—book club/cooking club discussion guide, pantry list, entertaining tips and sample menus and more! It is a great guide for someone who is wanting to take that next step in the kitchen, as I am.

One thing that I really liked about Bread & Wine is how much it inspires me to be in the kitchen. While I have mostly always loved the kitchen and cooking and food, lately, in the hustle and bustle of life, I have lost that love. Niequist has put the love and inspiration back into my meals—and I (and my family) love it! One of my favorite recipes that Niequist included is the Blueberry Crisp (well, they are all good, but I am such a big fan of blueberries and “pie” like foods). I can not wait to try it out on my family! I know they will love it!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Christen is an aspiring author, book lover, and coffee drinker. She lives in Arkansas with her superhero husband and 2 mini people. Connect with her at her blog: ChristenKrumm.com or Twitter @christenkrumm

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.