Bread & Wine

It’s time for April’s book o’ the month, one of my favorite features in our new posting rhythm here on the blog. And I couldn’t be more excited about this book if I tried—I wanted to read it the nanosecond I heard about it, and the contents within have completely lived up to my expectations.

Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist isn’t a cookbook. I mean, there’s recipes inside (and lots of gluten-free ones at that!), but its purpose is not to teach you how to cook. Shauna’s heart here is to celebrate what happens around the table, both the mingling of ingredients and the hearts of people. And it’s to push you to think differently about the significance of your cooking, and that it is eternally valuable because of the relationships it forges.

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I laughed and cried reading this book—true story. It made me long for more of a community here in my new town, and it made me grateful for the wild intricacies of butter and mushrooms and sweet potatoes. I nodded in understanding when Shauna wrote about feasting and fasting, having recently done that myself. And good gracious if it didn’t make me crave a lake house.

Plus, how can you not like a book that quotes both G.K. Chesterton and 50 Cent?

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Earlier this week my kids helped me make Shauna’s recipe for mango chicken curry (I made it paleo by subbing coconut flour for white, and by not eating the rice the rest of my family ate). It was devoured. The kids loved it, Kyle and I loved it. I’m adding it to our repertoire.

I’m eager to make many more of her recipes—the flourless brownies, the steak au poivre, the bacon-wrapped dates (mmm… bacon). But I’m also eager to perhaps start a local cooking and book club here in my little town, and see what happens when friendships are forged over food and table. Thanks for the encouragement there, Shauna.

And when you read this book, you can’t tell me you didn’t nod and say a resounding amen to the poignant chapter titled “swimsuit, ready or not.” It preached.

Read this book. It’ll bless you wildly.

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Shauna is giving TEN Simple Mom readers a copy of Bread & Wine! To enter a chance to win, leave any comment below this post. (If you’re reading this post via email, please click over to the original post and leave a comment on the blog.)

In the meantime, read more of Shauna’s words at her fantastic blog.

This giveaway is now closed.

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Sounds great.

  2. Oh, I love her other books, and can’t wait to read this one!

  3. Sounds interesting!

  4. Sounds fantastic! I love new book recommendations!

  5. Okay this is like the fifth time TODAY I have heard rave reviews of this book! Even though I already put it on my amazon wish list, I’d looooove a free copy!

  6. I would love a copy!

  7. Food and book club, I’m in!

  8. I loved her other books and re-read them several times. I would love to win this one!

  9. Sounds like a wonderful book, and I want a lake house too!

  10. I keep hearing rave reviews about this book. I’d love to win!

  11. Sounds like my kind of book…what is it about memoirs (or memoir-ish stories) tied to food that just make me feel so good! Thanks for sharing, Tsh. I’m a new reader and loving it! I also subscribed to your podcast and am thoroughly enjoying them…especially the business ones. You’re doing a great job!

  12. I’ve been craving community, too. Would love to read more about what she’s done.

  13. Love! Looking forward to reading this book

  14. Sara Beth says:

    Would love a copy!

  15. Sounds like a great book!

  16. Sounds like an interesting read!

  17. If there’s something I struggle with, it’s hospitality! I’d Love to win this and get a kick in the pants to leave my comfort zone!

  18. Definitely adding this to my to-read list!

  19. I would love to read it.

    Our family is up for food and drink-related community gatherings here in Bend, too! Keep us posted if you start something? 🙂

  20. Oooo, gluten-free cookbook/book mash-up? Sign me up!

  21. Sounds like a fantastic book. Can’t wait to read it!

  22. Oh, I’d love to win this book. I adore narrative cookbooks if that can even be called a category. Either way, winning or not, I put it on hold at my library!

  23. I have heard so much about this book and would love to read it!

  24. I can’t wait to read this! My husband and I have as one of our goals to have different people over for dinner at least once per month as it is becoming a lost art in the midst of crazy schedules!

  25. Michelle Bowman says:

    Sounds like a book I would really enjoy! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  26. Tsh,
    Thank you for your great podcasts! They are helping me to declutter!
    This book sounds great!

  27. Sounds fantastic. I just ordered a copy for a friend, but I’d love to win one for myself!

  28. Sounds like a great book! I love the concept behind it.

  29. This sounds like the kind of book I love. Thanks for the suggestion.

  30. Wowza! Sounds like a fantastic book! Thanks for hosting.

  31. This book looks like something that I would LOVE! I hope I win 🙂

  32. I just heard about this book from the Simple Mom podcast…I LOVE foodie memoirs, as in, I read at least 5 per year. Would love to read it!
    Sarah M

  33. I really want to read this. Like, really A LOT. I’ve heard nothing but raves about it.

  34. I will be picking this book up for myself and a few friends!

  35. MaryBeth L. says:

    I can’t wait to read this book! Who wouldn’t want to win a book that has a recipe for bacon wrapped dates!

  36. Mango chicken curry? Mmmmmm…

  37. wow, that’s high praise. i’m more than intrigued….

  38. I have wanted to read this book! I so value our time around the table and yet, with 4 children, it just often seems rushed and our time isn’t all that it should be.

  39. The book sounds delightful!

  40. Sounds like my kind of book … I can’t wait to read it!

  41. Atsquared says:

    I would love to win this!

  42. This book sounds amazing! I will definitely have to put it on my books to buy if I don’t win!

  43. This book sounds so GOOD! Can’t wait to read it.

  44. Mary Lynn says:

    Sounds amazing and inspirational! Can’t wait to read it!

  45. Would love to read this book! Next on the list of must reads.

  46. This is is exactly why I love living in Uganda- the expat community is so beautiful. Would love to get my hands on a copy of this book!

  47. This book sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to be able to check it out.

  48. I’ll comment too, wouldn’t complain about that kind of addition to my cooking “library”! 😉

  49. Yes, please!

  50. it sounds fantastic. these are the times that forges relationships!

  51. This book looks amazing. I entertain a lot for guests that come to visit at our mission base. I am always looking for new ideas on how to help guests feel comfortable and welcome, and for new recipes! Thanks Tsh.

  52. I love to cook, but get so intimidated about doing it for others. This sounds like the perfect book to encourage me to change!

  53. I love the idea of starting a food related book club! I live in a large city and wonder how I would find one to join myself. Hmm… I’m off to Google it right now!

  54. I would love to win a copy! I loved cold tangerines!

  55. This book sounds fantastic!

  56. would love to read!

  57. Sounds like a lovely book. And a dining/book club sounds like a great idea! Would love to hear more if you start one.

  58. It sounds like a fabulous book. I love your enthusiasm for it!

  59. I’ve seen this book mentioned everywhere lately and I’d love to win a copy. I love memoirish cookbooks.

  60. I would love to read this book!

  61. Thanks for introducing me to a new author. I’m always looking!

  62. Victoria says:

    Fantastic! Thank you for the giveaway!

  63. Looks like a good read. Thanks for the chance to win!

  64. I too have been thinking of starting a cooking club, how wonderful would that be.

  65. Hi there, the book sounds lovely – would really like a free copy (but am based in the UK, in case that makes a difference shipping-wise?)

  66. I’ve read a lot about Shauna lately- I need to check out her blog! Thanks for the giveaway, Tsh!

  67. Sounds amazing! I’m going to need to read this.

  68. Sounds like a fantastic book, would love to win a copy!

  69. I really want to read this!

  70. This book sounds fantastic. I must live under a rock because I’ve never heard fo Shauna but it sounds like she could be fast friends in my home!

  71. Shauna is a gifted writer and I’d love to win a copy of her latest book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  72. Jennifer says:

    It’s on my Amazon wishlist! I would love to have a copy!

  73. Sounds like an amazing read!

  74. What a wonderful theme for a book… I will definitely need to put this on the list!

  75. Sounds like a really great book! I am pregnant so I will be spending my summer in a “maternity swimsuit”. I tell myself I don’t have to worry about it this year. Plus, a book with bacon wrapped anything has to be good.


  76. Ashley P. says:

    Sounds like a great book. I love your idea for a cooking book club!

  77. This book sounds amazing!

  78. Katherine says:

    Sounds like another winner of a book!

  79. I like the topic. The mango chicken sounds like something my kids would love.

  80. What a fabulous sounding book. I can’t wait to read it!

  81. What a delightful sounding book! Thanks 🙂

  82. This is definitely on my to-read list!

  83. I love bread and I love wine. Sounds like a win win book.

  84. Sounds lovely! It would make a lovely wedding gift I think.
    Thanks for sharing!

  85. sounds like a great read! I am in a ‘book club’ in my area and it has been a huge blessing to me. we get together (or should I say try to get together) twice a month. We are all mom’s with young children at home, so sometimes are meetings are canceled due to sickness, and often they are ‘noise filled’ as our kids run around, but a huge blessing to be able to fellowship with woman/mom’s in my area.

  86. Would love love love this.

  87. Sign me up! This book sounds like a celebration of food. (and I’ve always wondered how 50 Cent feels about the joys of eating together….? 😉

  88. This book sounds fantastic! We’re family dinner regulars at our place, and also have a tradition of “drop by any afternoon for a cuppa” with neighbors and friends. I’m curious to see how she addresses special diets — they can be isolating in the context of family dinner.

  89. This sounds like a great book!

  90. Would love to win a copy! Have heard great things about this book.

  91. I’ve heard so many great things about this book. I would love to win it!

  92. Funny…I just told my husband I wanted to read this book last night! Sounds like a great book.

  93. Jennifer B. says:

    Wow – this book sounds like a great read!

  94. Sounds like a great book!

  95. Something I would love to have. Thanks!

  96. Thanks for letting us know about this book. I can’t wait to read it!


  97. Michelle says:

    Sounds great!

  98. Teresa S. says:

    Sounds like a great read! We see our dinner table as a place of ministry… both for our own hearts and our neighbors.

  99. would love to win a copy of this book!

  100. What a great giveaway!