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. This sounds like the kind of book I need in my life right now!

  2. It looks amazing, I just added it to my amazon cart in case I don’t win! Thanks!

  3. Rebecca in PA says:

    Sounds amazing!

  4. This book sounds like one I’d like to add to my bookshelf & be one of the ones I’d pull out often!

  5. Liza Purdy says:

    Thanks! Count me in!

  6. Cheyenne says:

    I heard lots of great things about this book!

  7. Looks great!

  8. Michelle says:

    I have actually been thinking lately about how I need to have friends and family over more and entertain. I always am waiting for when I have a bigger kitchen, nicer serving dishes, or nicer furniture. That sounds silly now. What I really need is not the stuff but the people in my life. I would love to read that book for a little inspiration.

    Your blog and podcast are an inspiration to me as well. Thank you.

  9. Wow. I’ve been trying to prune my cookbook collection, but this sounds too good not to add.

  10. Looks great – I hope to get to read it

  11. So intrigued! Would love to read this!

  12. Oh, I want to read this! Thank you!

  13. Always looking for something new to read. Sounds tasty!

  14. Hope I win

  15. That sounds wonderful! Will probably buy it for myself if I don’t win!

  16. This is on my must-read list!!

  17. A friend just review this book on her blog. And she recommended it. Sounds like a fun read.

  18. Oh. that books looks amazing. I would love to win! (not sure if I am eligible as I am in Canada, but I figured I would try!) 🙂

  19. Jermaine D. says:

    This sounds fun and the recipe sounds great too!

  20. I hope I win!

  21. you had me at dates and bacon.

  22. Julie S. says:

    I love books! love cookbooks with a wonderful story and pictures. My 10 year old is really starting to show an interest in the kitchen, it is so fun! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  23. It sounds heavenly. I would love a copy!

  24. Christine C says:

    Sounds great!

  25. Ashley P says:

    This sounds like a great read.

  26. Definitely sounds like a good read! I’m inspired already and haven’t even read it yet! 🙂

  27. What an interesting sounding book. I will definitely have to look into this.

  28. Mary Webster says:

    This sounds fantastic! I am so happy that there is more and more being said about the community that is food culture. Being raised in the South, meals are not about nourishment but the connection you form with those at your table!

  29. This sounds like a lovely, inspiring book. Can’t wait to check it (and Shauna’s blog) out!

  30. Love a cookbook with good writing.

  31. this cookbook looks amazing. And like everything I love about food : )

  32. Danielle says:

    This book sounds lovely…..would like to read it!

  33. oh this sounds like my kind of cookbook, the type that is a good read as well as a source of recipes, and becomes a best friend on the bedside table as well as in the kitchen .

  34. My book group requested a foodie book replete with recipes for next season…I love it when the List writes itself. Thanks for the recommendation.

  35. im interested in reading this book too.

  36. This sounds like an absolutely magical mix. Thanks for the suggestion!

  37. Teresa C says:

    It sounds like a great book!

  38. Sounds fabulous! And bless Shauna’s heart (said in my best southern accent) for including gluten free recipes. 🙂

  39. Sounds lovely! I would love to win a copy. 🙂

  40. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I am #2 on the library hold list just in case.

  41. Oh I need this book! I have always despised cooking and the kitchen. After a year of.paleo and forcing a like of cooking I reverted back to quick ways of eating and my body is suffering. I have always said I wish we didnt have to eat or God I just want manna simple and same thing over and over. But I now I would complain then too. I strive on relatiinships and would love to know how to enjoy cooking through them!

  42. Would love to win the book. Thanks

  43. I’d love to enter the giveaway, please!

  44. Looks like a wonderful read. That cover photo draws you in!

  45. I have been thinking a lot recently about making mealtimes a gathering place for my family. Excited to read this!

  46. I love the idea of a cooking/book club. The book sounds really good!

  47. ooh will buy this book either way but would love to win it!

  48. Jennifer A. says:

    I’d love to read it!

  49. Sounds like a good book to read!!!!

  50. Mari Marks says:

    I love the idea of a dinner/book club!

  51. I would love to win this book! I have read, re-read, and highlighted Shauna’s other books. Such an incredible writer!

  52. This book sounds fabulous! If I don’t win, I’ll be sure to put it in my Amazon cart asap. l

  53. Love her other books. Have this on my list!

  54. Savannah Smith says:

    I love her writing. So honest and refreshing!

  55. I would love a copy! This book is on my to-read list!

  56. I have recently stumbled upon Shauna’s blog and have not read any of her books but I have been suggesting to my book club we take a look at reading one of her books. I would love a copy to read.

  57. Tina Johnson says:

    Can’t wait to read this book – I am justing finishing Bittersweet. Having attended Willow Creek when we lived in Illinois and now living in Grand Rapids I find myself relating on so many levels. Makes me smile!

  58. I’m an absolute fan of Shauna and her method or way of writing! Would love this book in my hands! 🙂

  59. I love this author’s style!

  60. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the recommendation!

  61. To put it simply, Shauna ROCKS. She is inspiring and all kinds of awesome.

  62. Very excited about reading this book. I LOVE Shauna’s writings and can’t wait to tell my friends about this book too! We’ll have to talk about it around some “bread and wine.”

  63. I CANNOT wait to read this book. Her writing is so honest and made me think so differently about feeding people and what it means to gather around a “table”!

  64. Book sounds awesome! Would love to read it.

  65. I love her other books! Can’t wait to read this one and get/try new recipes!

  66. i just love shauna’s books, would just so love to win this:)

  67. I would LOVE a copy of this book! Just discovered her and I share her belief about the “Table” . Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  68. Christina says:

    Sounds intriguing!

  69. Ah! I would love to win a copy of this book 🙂 looks amazing! Especially the ‘more’ to a cookbook.

  70. I’m really looking forward to reading this book!

  71. Sarah Ellis says:

    Looking forward to reading this! Her other books are amazing!

  72. Deckled Edges says:

    This book looks lovely!

  73. I’ve been in need of a good read, count me in!

  74. Yayy! 🙂

  75. I can’t wait to read this book!

  76. I, too, want to start a cooking club. I love this idea – an easy way to break the ice with new friends!

  77. Count me in. Looks like a great book!

  78. I’d love to read this!

  79. I heard Shauna speak last summer at the MOPS convention in Dallas …. she was fantastic! Would love to read her latest book!

  80. Chelsie Crook says:

    I’ve had it in my Amazon shopping cart for months, waiting for it to come out. Can’t wait to read it.

  81. Jillian Cram says:

    I LOVE her and her books so much!!!

  82. Julie Downing says:

    Love her writing…can’t wait to read this!

  83. I LOVED Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines and would absolutely, passionately, deeply LOVE LOVE LOVE to win a copy of “Bread & Wine” !!!!!!!!

  84. I’m looking forward to reading this book so much!

  85. I love your description of Bread & Wine… and now I am craving Mango Chicken Curry!

  86. Lisa Beech says:

    I read BIttersweet and it was such a comfort to me during a dark season. I’d love to read Bread and Wine. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win.

  87. Katie Leestma says:

    I need more bread and wine in my life! 🙂 yay for the new book!

  88. I would love to win this! Going to put it in my amazon cart just in case 🙂

    Thanks, Tsh!!

  89. Looking forward to reading it!

  90. Jennifer Wright says:

    Oh my word I am so excited for this book! She is one of my absolute favorite authors! Thanks so much for this giveaway. 😉

  91. The friendships forged over food and books reminds me of another great book, ” The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe-Peel Society” a fictious account about WWII on the island of Guernsey.

  92. Would love to win a copy!

  93. Oh, how I’d love a copy of this book!! It looks and sounds so fantastic!

  94. Lindsay H. says:

    I love Shauna’s books!! Especially Bittersweet – it was the perfect book for me during that portion of my story! Cannot wait to dive into Bread & Wine! 🙂

  95. I’ve loved all of Shaunna’s books.

  96. Sounds great – thanks for the chance! I want to start a book/cooking club too!

  97. I love Shauna’s books! So excited for this giveaway 🙂

  98. That sounds like a great book; I love cook books!

  99. I love bread and wine and would love to read this book! Good suggestion!

  100. Michaeleen Rood says:

    Oh my gosh, I would love an opportunity to read this book! I loved her first 2!