'Food is nothing less than sacrament.' Those six words efficiently assess the entirety of The Spirit of Food
. They even go some distance toward expressing the depth and diversity of the essays and their authors, including chefs and theologians, poets and priests, mothers, brides, farmers and playwrights. And the recipes-the recipes! Chokecherry and plum jams. Tangy glazed pork roast. Tuscan pizza, grilled zucchini, cilantro citrus hollandaise. To accommodate the fasting seasons, there's green chickpeas and spinach (cooked up by this reviewer and found delicious), quinoa with cucumbers and feta, and Olga's tasty fasting salad. Fusing storytelling with ethical reflection, personal tragedy, social awareness, family theatrics, and more than a smattering of theology (both subtle and overt), these writers broaden the ways in which we think about food, and maybe more importantly, hunger. As Simone Weil writes, 'The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself it is not hungry.' There's no feature writer here, though many names you will recognize-Lauren Winner, Wendell Berry, Robert Farrar Capon, Alexander Schmemman, Andre Dubus, Luci Shaw. In a very satisfying way, these essays blend one into another. Who wrote them matters much less than the ways of living they name, each bringing 'our human, distracted love into focus with an act that doesn't need words, an act which dramatizes for us what we are together' (Andre Dubus).
An Eighth Day View:
Description: You are invited to a feast for the senses and the spirit Thirty-four adventurous write...