Catching Fire – Richard Wrangham

Catching Fire:  How Cooking Made us Human – Richard Wrangham* *Not to be confused with the volume of The Hunger Games trilogy that bears the same name. Catching Fire:  How Cooking Made us Human, by Richard Wrangham is less a book about food, as it is a book about how cooking our food accounts for our evolutionary …

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Whitebread Protestants – Daniel Sack

 Whitebread Protestants:  Food and Religion in American Culture What do Welch’s Grape Juice and Graham Crackers have in common?  They are both products that arose out attempts by committed Christians to bring their faith to bear on the food they ate.  These are just two of many interesting tidbits that populate the book Whitebread Protestants: …

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The Gastronomy of Marriage – Michelle Maisto

The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love I first came upon The Gastronomy of Marriage , by Michelle Maisto late in 2012.  I took a brief look at it in the bookstore. I made a mental note that it would be worth picking up next time I was in book buying mode.  …

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Between Meals – A J Liebling

Between Meals:  An Appetite for Paris Food and memory are linked together at the deepest level of our beings.  A mere whiff of a pot of soup simmering on the back of a stove can take us back to childhood.  It’s no surprise that on holiday occasions we pull out tried and true recipes, even …

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Eating Animals – Johnathan Safran Foer

I recently finished the book “Eating Animals,”by Johnathan Safran Foer.  Before I go any further I’d like to state for the record that I am not a vegetarian.  I approached this book as someone who eats meat and enjoys eating meat.  After finishing reading it, I would say that I’m not convinced enough by the arguments …

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Edna Staebler: A Life-To Experience Wonder

Edna Staebler: A Life I have a little book in my library entitled Sauerkraut and Enterprise.  It contains a series of stories around the lives of a family of Old Order Mennonites in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Southern Ontario.  The author of the book was Edna Staebler, who was best known for writing a series …

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The Meal Jesus Gave Us (Holy Communion)

A few weeks ago I sent out a request, via Twitter and Facebook for books on the Eucharist.  In particular, I was hoping to find ones that dealt with the subject of the Eucharist in the terms of a meal.  Among the suggestions I received was Tom Wright’s The Meal Jesus Gave Us: Understanding Holy Communion.  …

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Book Review – Eat With Joy

In writing about food and theology, I’ve constantly been frustrated by how little emphasis is put on the role of eating together in our understanding of how we approach our relationship to food.  One of three things usually occurs.  Either the author gives idea of eating together a token acknowledgement, before the authors move on …

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