The Spirit of Food

It’s been a while since I’ve featured a book for Weekend Eating Reading, so up this week for your consideration is Leslie Leyland Fields’ edited volume The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God. There are essays by Ann Voskamp, Lauren Winner, Kirstin Vander Giessen-Riestma, and LaVonne Neff, among many others.

{LaVonne Neff’s–“My (Self-Righteous) Food-Stamp Fast,” which is about her 6-week experiment in living on a food-stamp budget, was one of my favorites; as was Kirstin Vander Giessen-Riestma’s, which was about deciding whether “eating or abstaining is the highest act of love,” in other words–negotiating personal and ethical food preferences when eating with others. But they are all very, very much worth reading.}

Plus, each essay ends with a recipe!

If you are new to thinking about the intersection of faith and food–or even if you’re not, you will want to put this on your to-read list.

You can listen to an audio interview with Leslie Leyland Fields {here.}

You can read an essay by Leslie that appeared in Christianity Today {here.}

And, of course, you can purchase Leslie’s book {here.}

Enjoy the weekend!

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