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. thanks for the chance to win! It sounds like a great book

  2. Wow, love the concept of this book. I love cooking and I love my community… how fabulous to bring them together! 🙂

  3. I keep hearing wonderful things about this book! I have a small book club that meets on Tuesday nights via Google Hangout – friends I’ve known for 15+ years and my sweet sister who lives 2 hours away. It’s how we stay connected beyond distance, small children, and the craziness of life…and we all happen to love food, so this would be awesome to add to our rotation!

  4. Sounds wonderful! I’m always looking for more ways to bring the family together.

  5. Aimee Mulligan says:

    Sounds like a wonderful read! Food is a great way to build community and fellowship. 🙂 What a great giveaway!

  6. Rochelle Engelby says:

    I can’t wait to read “Bread and Wine!” I loved “Cold Tangerines!” I rarely hold onto books and read them again, but I always find myself picking up “Cold Tangerines” and reading a chapter or two when I need some inspiration.

  7. Love Shauna’s work! Would love a copy!

  8. This book sounds good…our household is in one of those inevitable crazy periods right now, but I’m always looking for ways to make our time together meaningful & mealtimes are one of our best opportunities.

  9. Looks like a lovely book I would enjoy!

  10. I have heard great things about this book! Would love to win a copy!

  11. This book sounds amazing. and as someone trying to eat less gluten and build more community, I need this book in my life. Maybe I’ll ask for it for Mothers Day. Thanks for the recommendation.

  12. I can’t wait to read this book!

  13. Just found this blog and you have some wonderful things to share. Thanks 🙂

  14. The book sounds fabulous!

  15. I’m planning to read this with my dinner group this summer! Thank you!

  16. Can’t wait to read this!

  17. I love Shauna’s books because we are both from nearby hometowns, and I love being able to relate in that sense. But, I just love her style of writing. As soon as you dive in, you feel like the two of you are “old friends”. Makes you feel good, like comfort food does. Warm and cozy.

  18. been looking forward to this book for a long time!

  19. This is the third or fourth time today that I’ve heard about this book.
    Can’t wait to read it!

  20. I love love love all of her other books. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one!

  21. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  22. Katherine says:

    I have been reading Shauna’s work for years now, I would love a chance to get my hands in Bread and Wine 🙂

  23. Zlata Odrazilova says:

    Love your blog and can’t wait to try recipes from Shauna’s book!

  24. So excited to get to a bookstore soon and look at a copy- Shauna is one of my absolute favorite writers. Reading Cold Tangerines right now and loving it.

  25. Shauna is so inspiring! I absolutely can’t wait to read this book.

  26. Hooray! I love Shauna. Pick me!

  27. Yes- I can’t wait to read it. I also am craving more organic community since we moved a few states away in Janurary.

  28. Melinda Gray says:

    Looking forward to this book!! Love Shauna’s writing.

  29. thanks for the opportunity to win what looks to be an awesome book!

  30. Is there anything better in life than a glass of wine with a cheese/bread plate surrounded by your favorite girlfriends? Nothing beats it 🙂

  31. I would love to read this!

  32. Stephanie Walker says:

    I’ve been eating gluten free for over five years. AND I love Shauna!

  33. i sure would enjoy this book since i enjoy food and guest!

  34. I love Shaunas book, would love to win a copy 🙂

  35. Becky Bodnum says:

    Can’t wait to read this book. I’ve added it to my list on Goodreads right now.

  36. I absolutely LOVE Shauna’s writing and would love to win this new book. I am almost finished with my Mom’s copy of Cold Tangerines, and I have Bittersweet waiting next to my bed. This book sounds like it is just as good, and the recipes sound amazing! I remember that Shauna posted a picture of her flourless brownies months ago, and I’ve been dying to try them since my little ladies are gluten-free!

  37. Beautiful book. I would love to flip through it, soak it in, play with the recipes. Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. great giveaway!

  39. Would love to read this – it looks wonderful. : )

  40. An interesting review – I think I’d like to read it.

  41. thank you!

  42. Sounds like an enjoyable book to read!

  43. Kellie pittman says:

    Shauna is my favorite author!!! I just got married and would love her book and to try some of these recipes!

  44. this might sound odd, but for some reason, your review of this book moved me! i bet her book would be even more so moving. thank you both!

  45. Carly Wells says:

    This book is next on my list to read so I would LOVE the opportunity to win it first! Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  46. Thanks for this, Tsh, I am going to look for it at my trusty local library!

  47. Looks fantastic – would love to read it!

  48. This book is already on my “to read list”, a free copy would be such a blessing!

  49. My wife loves her books, and everything I hear from them are great. Hope to win, and surprise her with it.

  50. I’ve been hearing so much about this book! I would love to win a copy.

  51. Kaytee Cobb says:

    Sounds excellent! I’m already in a book club, but a book and dinner club sounds even better! 🙂

  52. Sounds interesting!

  53. The book sounds delightful. I look forward to reading it.


  54. I would love to read this book after your glowing review. 🙂

  55. Bread and Wine… two of my favorite things! This book sounds amazing!

  56. I’m so excited to read this. I just picked up Bittersweet recently and I love every word. Shauna’s writing voice is delightful and amusing and a familiar comfort. And every few months, I go back and reread her 11 Things to Know by 25ish article. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  57. I love the red knobs on your stove! And regarding the book, I love that there are a lot of gluten-free recipes! I look forward to checking it out.

  58. I love Shauna!

  59. I really appreciate the renewed focus of making food and family more of a sacrament, something to savor, rather than a despised obligation. Those are prime moments to connect and shape and love and bond. This book sounds excellent.

  60. sounds perfect. on my wish list.

  61. This sounds just like the type of book I love to read – I’d love to win a copy!

  62. Would love to win this book!

  63. i’ve just gotten into baking bread, and what else can one do but invite your friends over to share it when you have two loaves good and hot? living in a nyc apt, my neighbors are my friends and come and go and mealtimes become communal in an instant…id love to read this book! because i really feel i’ve discovered this joy of mealtime….in a new way!

  64. Bread and Wine? Uh, yes, please!

  65. Idaho Jill says:

    So this is the 3rd or 4th blog I have read about this book on, and the more I read ABOUT it, the more I want to read it!

  66. Great giveaway! Thanks.

  67. Deborah Jackson says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE celebrating life around the table with family and friends. Can’t wait to read this book.

  68. Sounds like a great read!!

  69. Love her!! And would love to read this book!!

  70. Kathy Gudgel says:

    Would love to win this book….books and food and wine…add friendes and it’s perfect!

  71. This book sounds awesome!! As someone who “reads” regular cookbooks as it is, this would be perfect for me! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  72. This sounds like an awesome book especially for someone like me who has such difficulty with cooking for a variety of reasons too numerous to mention here!

  73. I’m excited to read this! I have a similar book idea for children! Thank you for sharing.

  74. this looks like a awesome book – would love to win

  75. Oh I love that this book is about celebrating what is happening around the table!!! Heard your podcast about the give-a-way and was super excited! thanks for this opportunity!!!!

  76. julie joy says:

    I could do with some wild blessings. Thank you for the give-away opportunity!

  77. This sounds like a great book. I’d love to read it!

  78. Sounds enticing! I think I am going to have to check it out 🙂

  79. I’m excited to read this. Thanks for the tip!

  80. Would love to win a copy! And love the idea of starting a cooking or book club. Will have to look into whether or not my own little town already has either started!

  81. Looks like a wonderful book.

  82. Fun Giveaway – would love to read this book!

  83. Oh this sounds wonderful! My toddlers are finally getting a little more adventurous with their eating and I can’t wait to spend the summer trying new recipes. Would LOVE to have a copy of this!

  84. Love the idea if incorporating cooking into my “book club”

  85. I WANT to read this book, winning a copy would be fun. Thanks.

  86. Stephanie says:

    Oh my gosh, I want to read this book! Have you read The Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon? Sounds similar and that is one of my favorite books of all time.

  87. This book looks heavenly. Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. LeAnne Conaway says:

    Cannot wait to read this! It sounds terrific!

  89. Brianna P says:

    Love letters, food, community, good recipes, what’s not to want? I’d be over the moon to be reading this right now! Crossing my fingers!

  90. Sounds like an awesome book!! Can’t wait to read it!

  91. Bread and wine are both staples at our family gatherings! Can’t wait to read a book about something so second nature to us!

  92. Would love to read this book! Enjoyed your post!

  93. Elizabeth says:

    I have read – and thoroughly enjoyed – Shauna’s other books. She writes in a way that is so open and accessible. I am looking forward to reading this next look into her world.

  94. Can’t wait to read this!!

  95. Lacey Wilcox says:

    Love the idea of this book! I’d really be interested to hear more about your book/cooking club. I’ve wanted to start one here!!

  96. Oooh, it would look so lovely on my shelf, well thumbed and stained with food.

  97. Sharon Holbrook says:

    I’m starting to learn that Tsh and I have similar taste in books – so there goes Bread and Wine on my to-read list.

  98. This cookbook looks fabulous! I would like to know what font she used for her title. It’s awesome!

  99. Always love new cookbooks! Also, love the idea of book club and dinner making together!

  100. Beautiful book – would love to have it!