Shauna Niequist will always be one of my favorite authors. Her authentic style of essay/memoir blend played a big part in my development as a writer.
She will always be a gracious and unwitting big sister to me in the writing world, I like to pretend she dosn’t mind.
I got to meet her last fall at the STORY conference and I was such a spaz. I nervously gushed all over her just after meeting Anne Lammott, It’s a wonder I didn’t pass out completely. I said and did all the typical things ones says and does when meet a personal hero. But Shauna was gracious about my fan-spasm and eventually my knees recovered from the Anne/Shauna experience.
So when I got the opportunity to receive an advance copy of Shauna’s new book Bread & Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes , I jumped at the opportunity. When it came I skipped from the mailbox to the couch and began to slowly digest every word.
As I moved through the chapters I added the recipes to our menu plan, one by one. They seemed to fit organically into our life, until one day I counted and I’d inadvertently cooked my way through half the book.
At that point I decided to keep going, and to cook my way through the entire book, Julie and Julia style (with the exception of 4 recipes, most of which used wheat flour and wouldn’t work well for our GF family)
Why did I decide to do this? I’m not sure exactly, it seemed like a fun goal and a great way to try new recipes.
Or perhaps I needed something to focus on other than all the unknowns of our impending move.
Or maybe somewhere inside I realized that my cooking rhythm had become rote and monotonous and I needed the creative new life held in these recipes. Continue reading