This post is happening because I managed to ruin five pounds of tomatoes on Friday. On a creative whim, I altered a tried and true salsa recipe in an attempt to make something unique. I struck out in a major way and dumped a watery mess down the garbage disposal. Sadly, this recipe was supposed to be part of another collaboration with calligrapher/shop owner and Lovely Cupboard contributor Lindsay Sherbondy. So not only did I waste time, tomatoes, and tears on this cursed salsa, I also had to come clean with this disaster and bail on my end of the project. There is a silver lining though…When I told Lindsay what happened she said, “Let’s just do a giveaway.” My culinary failure has turned into your fortune!!
I feel a little like Ed McMan telling you about today’s loot. Lindsay is giving one reader a copy of Shauna Niequist’s book Bread & Wine as well as a gorgeous art print featuring a quote from the book. But get this…while one reader will receive the grand prize, ALL readers can download this art print from Lindsay Letters for free!
There are few authors that I have ever connected to their writing so quickly as I did with Shauna’s. I was first introduced to her work when I teamed up with Lindsay to shoot pics of the Bread & Wine canvas for her line of art prints featuring quotes from the book. After the first few pages, I wanted to invite Shauna over for dinner, or better yet sangrias and girl talk. This lady gets me, and most likely you, and probably half of the women in America.
Shauna knows girls like us because she is one. We love preparing and sharing food with anyone who’ll join us. We resent that our skinny jeans from college taunt us from the top shelf of the closet. Despite denim induced longing for thinner waistlines, we decide in the end that warm crusty bread with cold butter is a crucial part of the human experience, and we will not deny ourselves this simple pleasure.
So we gather friends around our tables, momentarily forgetting our dress size. We bounce a baby on one knee, toast a glass, and choose to soak in all the sweetness our messy and beautiful lives bring. A new recipe is exciting not simply because it calls for fancy ingredients but because it’s a new experience we get to share with the ones we treasure most.
If you identify with this in any way, you will devour Bread & Wine. Part short stories and part cook book, it’s set up in a very unique way. Here’s what others have said about it...
The perfect read for those who love food and value the community and connection of family and friends around the table. Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together.
It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two. With wonderful recipes included, from Bacon-Wrapped Dates to Mango Chicken Curry to Blueberry Crisp, readers will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread & Wine.