I am not a foodie. I do love to eat but I don’t make amazing yummy food for the eye and for the stomach. I do on occasion read cookbooks, weird I know but it’s oddly satisfying. Try it some time.
In case we haven’t met before, I take book recommendations from IG friends and celebrities very very seriously. I’ve read Shauna Niequist’s books and LOVED them (read my reviews for them HERE and HERE). So when I saw her recommending Taste and See, I knew I had to at least look into the book.
Taste and See is Margaret Feinberg’s book focusing on food, story, biblical insight and thoughtful reflection. Feinberg jumps in the deep end to learn about food spoken about throughout the bible; fish, figs, bread, salt, olives, and lamb. During each chapter, she visits a location known for those ingredients. She travels to the Sea of Galilee to fish where the disciples and Jesus fished, she travels to Madera, California to visit a fig orchard, a local baker, the Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah, an olive orchard in Croatia, and a butcher in McKinney Texas.
Each chapter is an indulgent read into the biblical history about this food, Feinberg’s experience learning about the history of this food and her learning how to properly prepare each ingredient. I appreciated her thoughtful retelling of biblical stories that remind us of the importance of each ingredients and how when they are thoughtfully prepared they remind us of the goodness of God.
Each chapter includes “table discoveries” which are helpful tips to try these new ingredients in exciting ways and healthful ways. At the end of each chapter, she includes discussion topics in “around the table” before providing readers with some exceptionally great recipes.
All in all if you love food, preparation of food, eating food, being with friends around food, learning about food in the context of the bible then this is a great read. While I have the ebook, I’d recommend the physical book. Food in the bible is strongly symbolic, consider the Passover meal, each item on that plate is a reminder of the swiftness the Isrealites left Egypt and the goodness of God.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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