Klindienst – The Earth Knows My Name


A couple of weeks ago, I was on my way to lunch downtown, and decided I wanted something to read as I ate. So, I stopped into Bison Books and had a browse through their cookbook section. In among the cookbooks, I found two or three interesting non-cookbooks. After leafing through them, I decided upon The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americansby Patricia Klindienst.

The Earth Knows My Name

Cover for The Earth Knows My Name

The Earth Knows my Name recounts two journeys, interwoven together. One journey consists of Klindienst’s visits to various ethnic gardens throughout the United States. The other journey takes the author back to her Italian roots. Continue reading

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Eucharistic Eating – Bibliography


Eucharistic Eating Bibliography

When a book features a link, it is to a review I have written on this blog.

Starting on Monday, March 6, I will be leading a lecture series through the six weeks of Lent, entitled Eucharist Eating. You can find the details of the course over at the St. Philip’s website. The purpose of the class is to look at how we can bring our everyday eating into the Eucharist and the Eucharist into our everyday eating.

This is an ongoing project of mine. This series marks a step along the road. Below I’ve listed a series of books that have or will continue to influence my thinking on the subject. This list is not complete, and I have read most, but not all the books contained therein. I hope as I continue on to work my way through the few that I haven’t been able to read yet.

If you have any suggestion for me to add to this list, please feel free to add them in the comments section beneath the post. Thank you.

Biography

Allemang, John. The Importance of Lunch: and other real-life adventures in good eating, Vintage Canada, 2000

Angelou, Maya. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories With Recipes. Random House, 2004.

Apple Jr., R. W. Far Flung and Well Fed: The Food Writing of R. W. Apple Jr. St. Martin’s Press, 2009.

Barlow, John. Everything but the Squeal: Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

Barnes, Darlene. Hungry: What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me About Life, Love & The Power of Good Food, Hyperion, 2013

Bracken, Peg. A Window Over the Sink: A Mainly Affectionate Memoir. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1981.

Brand, Jo. Feast Here Awhile: Adventures in American Eating. Ticknor and Fields, 1993.

Bruni, Frank. Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater, The Penguin Press, 2009

Bourdain, Anthony. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Bloomsbury, 2001.

DeSalvo, Louise. Crazy in the Kitchen: Food, Feuds, and Forgiveness in an Italian American Family, Bloomsbury, 2004.

Ehman, Amy Jo. Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner. Couteau Books, 2010.

Gaffigan, Jim. Food: A Love Story. Crown Archetype, 2014.

Gargani, Sharon Oddson with Rena Bulkin. Once Upon a Tuscan Table: Tales and Recipes From Trattoria Garga. Camino Books, Inc., 2006.

Gopnik, Adam. The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food, Vintage Canada, 2012.

Jones, Judith. The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food, Alfred A. Knopf, 2007

Kirk, Patty. Starting from Scratch: Memoirs of a Wandering Cook, Thomas Nelson, 2007.

Leith, William. The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict. Bond Street Books, 2005.

Lerman, Dawn. My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes, Berkley Books, 2015.

Liebling, A. J. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris, North Point Press, 1986.

Maisto, Michelle. The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2009.

Martin, Sasha. Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness, National Geographic, 2015.

Perry, Michael. Coop: A Family, A Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg, Harper Perennial, 2009

Powell, Julie. Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, Black Bay Books, 2000

Reardon, Joan. M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, Harmony Books, 1994

Reichl, Ruth. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Broadway Books, 1999.

Ross, Cecily. Love in the Time of Cholesterol: A Memoir with Recipes, Viking Canada, 2006.

Severson, Kim. Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, A Memoir, Riverhead Books, 2010

Spitz, Bob: The Saucier’s Apprentice, One Long Strange Trip through the Great Cooking Schools of Euroope, W. W. Norton & Company, 2008

Trillin, Calvin. Alice, let`s Eat: Further Adventures of A Happy Eater, Random House Trade paperbacks, 2007.

Tye, Diane, Baking as Biography: A Life Story in Recipes, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010.

Von Bremzen, Anya. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing, Crown, 2013.

West, Michael Lee. Consuming Passions: A Food Obsessed Life (uncorrected proof), HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.

Wine, Cynthia. Eating for A Living: Notes from a Professional Diner. Viking, 1993.

Cook Book

Janzen Longacre, Doris. More-With-Less Cookbook, Herald Press, 25th edition, 1987.

Ethics

Cerulli, Tovar. The Mindful Carnivore. Pegasus Books, 2012

Gold, Scott. The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers. Broadway Books, 2008

Lappé, Frances Moore & Joseph Collins, with Cary Fowler. Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity, Revised and Updated. Ballantine Books, 1979.

Martineau, Belinda. First Fruit: The Creation of the Flavr Savr™ Tomato and the Birth of Biotech Food, McGraw-Hill, 2001

Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Penguin Books, 2008.

Safran Foer, Jonathan: Eating Animals. Back Bay Books, 2009.

 

Eucharist

Gallagher, Nora. The Sacred Meal. The Ancient Practices Series. Thomas Nelson, 2009.

Hahn, Scott. The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth. Doubleday, 1999.

—. Consuming the Word. The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church. Image, 2013.

Howison, Jamie. Come to the Table: A reflection on the practice of open communion at saint benedicts table. Saint Benedicts Table Publications, 2008.

Powers, Joseph M. Eucharistic Theology. Seabury Press, 1967.

Smith, Gordon T. A Holy Meal: The Lord`s Supper in the Life of the Church. Baker Academic, 2005.

A Holy Meal makes a good introduction to the Lord’s Supper.

Streett, R. Alan. Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord’s Supper under Roman Domination during the First Century, Pickwick, 2013.

Witherington III, Ben. Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper.

Wright, Tom. The Meal Jesus Gave us: Understanding Holy Communion. Westminster John Knox Press, 1999.

Gardening:

Klindienst, Patricia. The Earth Knows my Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans, Beacon Press, 2007

General:

Bauer, Douglas, editor and Introduction. Death by Pad Thai: and Other Unforgettable Meals, Three Rivers Press, 2006

Buchanan, David: Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, And Why They Matter. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012.

Cowen, Tyler. An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies. Dutton, 2012.

Desrochers, Pierre, and Hiroko Shimizu. The Locavore’s Dilemna: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet, Public Affairs, 2012

Fisher, MFK. Here Let Us Feast: A Book of Banquets. North Point Press, 1986.

Herbert, Sharon Tyler. Never Eat More Than You Can Life: and Other Food Quotes and Quips, Broadway Books, 1997

Issenberg, Sasha. The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy, Gotham Books, 2007.

McQuaid, John. Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat, Scribner, 2015.

Miller, John and Benedict Cosgrove, editors. Gluttony: Ample Tales of Epicurean Excess, 1996.

Pashman, Dan. Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite more Delicious. Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Roberts, Kylie and Alexandra Michell. Instant Guide to Entertaining. Coles Publishing, 1979.

Sweet, Victoria: God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. Riverhead Books, Penquin, 2012.

Visser, Margaret. Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos, of an Ordinary Meal. M&S Paperback from McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1989.

—. The Gift of Thanks: The Roots, Persistence, and Paradoxical Meanings of a Social Ritual, Harper Collins, 2008.

—.The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentaricities, and Meaning of Table Manners, Harper Perennial, 1998.

History

Collingham, Lizzie. The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food. Penguin Books, 2011.

Johnston, James P. A Hundred Years Eating: Food, Drink and the Daily Diet in Britain since the late Nineteenth Century. Gill and MacMillan, 1977.

Kurlansky, Mark, ed and intro. Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History, Ballantine Books, 2002

Shaffer, Marjorie. Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice. Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.

Sitwell, William. A History of Food in 100 Recipes. Little, Brown and Company, 2013.

Standage. Tom. An Edible History of Humanity. Walker & Company, 2009.

Wilson, Bee. Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, Basic Books, 2012.

Wrangham, Richard. Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human, Basic Books, 2009.

Hospitality

Pohl, Christine D. Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1999.

Sutherland, Arthur. I Was a Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality. Abingdon, 2006.

Westerhoff, Caoline A., Good Fences: The Boundaries of Hospitality. Morehouse Publishing, 1999.

Hunger:

Bjerga, Alan. Endless appetites : how the commodities casino creates hunger and unrest, Bloomberg Press, 2011.

Keneally, Thomas. Three famines: starvation and politics, PublicAffairs, 2011.

Russell, Sharman Apt. Hunger: an unnatural history, Basic Books, 2005

Winne, Mark. Closing the food gap: resetting the table in the land of plenty, Beacon Press, 2008

Yang, Jisheng.Tombstone: the great Chinese famine, 1958-1962, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012

Justice:

Saul, Nick and Andrea Curtis. The STOP: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, Random House Canada, 2013.

Campbell, Cathy. Stations of the Banquet: Faith Foundations for Food Justice, Liturgical Press, 2003.

Hellwig, Monika K. The Eucharist and the Hunger of the World. Paulist Press/Deus Books, 1976.

Cover photo

Paige, Jeffery M. Coffee and Power. Revolution and the Rise of Democracy in Central America, Harvard University Press, 1997.

Seay, Chris. A Place at the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor.

Sider, Ronald J. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: A Biblical Study. Intervarsity Press, Fifth Printing, 1979.

Simon, Arthur. Bread for the World. Paulist Press, Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1975.

Social:

Badkhen, Anna. Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories. Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Flinn, Kathleen. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices Into Fearless Home Cooks. Viking, 2011.

Grant, Caroline M. & Lisa Catherine Harper, editors. The Cassoulet Saved our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family & How We Learn to Eat. Roost Books, 2013

Linn, Dennis, Sheila Fabricant Linn, Matthew Linn. Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life. Paulist Press, 1995.

Teicholz, Nina. The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2014.

Wansink, Brian. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. Bantam Books,

Table Fellowship

Parrot, Les & Leslie, with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. The Hour that Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal, Tyndale, 2011.

Bonhoeffer, Deitrich. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community.

Translated, and with an Introduction by John W. Doberstein, Harper & Row, 1954. Harper One, 1978.

Theology:

Brasher-Cunningham, Milton. Keeping the Feast: Metaphors for the Meal, Morehouse Publishing, 2012.

Capon, Robert Farrar. Light Theology & Heavy Cream: The Culinary Adventures of Pietro & Madeleine. Cowley Publications, 2004.

The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection. Modern Library Food, Ruth Reichel, editor, 2002.

Miles, Sara. Take this Bread: The Spiritual Memoir of A Twenty-First-Century Christian, Ballantine Books, 2007.

Norris, Gunilla. Becoming Bread: Embracing the Spiritual in the Everyday, HiddenSpring, 2003.

Sack, Daniel. Whitebread Protestants: Food and Religion in American Culture. Palgrave, 2000.

Schmemann, Alexander. For the Life of the World, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1973.

Stone, Rachel Marie. Eat With Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food, IVP, 2013.

Wirzba, Norman. Food & Faith: A Theology of Eating. Cambridge, 2011.

 

Knots, Knives & Kombucha


One of the constant challenges of a blog is finding writing topics. Usually this involves planning where to eat out, finding time on the schedule for food events, or choosing which book to read. Every once in a while though, there is a serendipitous occurrence where material falls into your lap. Such an occurrence happened last night, when I attend an art show opening entitled: A Thread, a Thought, a Knot put on by a friend of mine, Chantel Mierau. The show was held at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery on the campus of Canadian Mennonite University.

Knot themed artwork

This is one of the pieces in the A Thread, a Thought, a Knot exhibit

In the Mierau exhibit two works stood out for me. One features a brain made out of fabric. The brain is on a stick, and is attached by fabric to a tall piece of material that is laced up to about 2/3s of it’s height. There is a metal plate where the fabric from the brain connects. There is a metal plate at the back, and above it several undone eyelets. Were the upper eyelets to be laced up, there would undoubtedly be strain put on the fabric cord as well as the brain. I could almost sense a potential tension headache. Continue reading

Pimp My Rice Food Truck


Pimp My Rice Filipino food truck

Not sure why everything in the background ended up blue, but then again, I’ve never called myself a photographer.

The latest visit in my attempt to try all various food trucks around Winnipeg was at Pimp my Rice, the new Filipino food truck.  It’s been out for a few weeks now, but every time I’ve gone by it, the lineups have been very long.  Today I got around that problem by taking an early lunch and getting to the truck at about 11:40a.m., at which point there was no lineup at all.  For my lunch I had the Pansit, Lumpia(Filipino Spring Rolls) and a Coke.

So, here are my thoughts:

Value:

Nothing on the Menu is more than $7.00 dollars, BBQ pork skewers run from 1/$2.00, 2/$3.50, 3/$5.00.  I had two items, which with a drink came to $11.00 dollars(all tax included).  Next time, I would probably just order 1 item, a skewer and a drink.  There was plenty of food in my lunch 4/5 Continue reading

Common Eating (Meals)


Common Eating is an idea for a university of seminary type course that has been sitting in the back of my mind for several years now. Over the next several weeks I hope to go through each of those posts and update and rethink my way through them. I’ll be leaving each new post at the top of my blog for a few days. Any new material will be printed in bold.

I was reading a couple of Twitter comments today involving food and wine that had been posted by @ReverendChef and they got me thinking, what might a seminary course on “common eating.” I’m using the term “common eating” as a play on the ideas of common prayer and common worship that are so much a part of Anglican practice.

Common Eating Supper

Church supper food is one of the areas I want to think about when it comes to Common Eating.

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