Holy Hunger – Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

The next couple of weeks or so, I’m going to be doing a series of three book reviews. There may be some other posts mixed in there, but the three books I’m writing about are: Holy Hunger: A Woman’s Journey from Food Addiction to Spiritual Fulfillment, by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas. Hunger: A Memoir of My Body, by Roxane Gay. The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart, by Emily Nunn.

The last two books listed were both published last year. Holy Hunger was originally published in 1998, but Bullitt-Jonas’s story dovetails nicely with the stories by Gay, and Nunn.

Holy Hunger Cover

Cover from the original hardcover edition of Holy Hunger

All three stories came to my attention as a result of my relatively new found focus on visiting my local library for reading material. I found The Comfort Food Diaries in the new and noted section of the Winnipeg Public Library. Reading it made me think of Hunger, which I had heard a great deal about in the last few months, and while reserving a copy of that book, Holy Hunger popped up in my search feed.  Continue reading


Planted – Leah Kostamo

The primary focus of Dining with Donald is built around meals and eating together. Yet, how we produce the food we eat is also important. Are we doing it in such a way that is kind to the planet?  Is it kind to the other creatures we share the planet with?

That’s why I appreciate groups like the Slow Food Movement. Farmer’s Markets are another good way to learn about and consume foods that are grown locally and ethically. Then there are organisations like Dig In Manitoba.  Dig In Manitoba encourages people to not only buy local, but also to grow their own food locally.

Through my connection to St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, one such organization that I’ve become familiar with is A Rocha.  A Rocha began in Portugal. It has since spread to 19 countries around the world. A Rocha is rooted in Christian belief. A Rocha’s mandate is creation care, environmental conservation and a sustainable earth.  This takes many forms around the world.  Here in Winnipeg it is the Just Growing program, run in conjunction with St. Margaret’s that is the main focus.

Planted:  The Book

Recently one of the co-founders of A Rocha Canada, Leah Kostamo, released a book called Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community.  Planted follows the journey of Leah and her husband Markku as they worked to establish a presence for A Rocha here in Canada.

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