Monday, October 1, 2012
Share the Bounty: Finding God's Grace through the Spirit of Hospitality by Benita Long
Share the Bounty: Finding God's Grace Through the Spirit of Hospitality by Benita Long, Thomas Nelson Publishers, $29.99 list price, hardcover.
This is a beautiful book that is more than just a cookbook. It addresses the topic of hospitality from a Christian perspective, has gorgeous photos of home decor and table setting ideas, and of course, recipes that make entertaining easy.
Chapters include Three Delightful Luncheons, Festive Occasions, Four Convivial Dinners, Hospitality For the Very Young, International Cuisine, Blessed by Guests Who Stay Awhile, and Prayers of Gratitude. Full menus along with the recipes are featured.
I made a version of CC's Turkey Casserole, substituting a few ingredients with what I had on hand and was happy with the outcome. Other recipes I hope to try include Spicy Sausage and Chicken Lasagne, Strawberry Fluff, Chocolate Coffee Pie, and Bacon and Blue Cheese Salad. The recipes use ingredients that are easy enough to find or can be readily substituted without compromising the finished product.
I enjoyed reading this book because it has so much more than just recipes. The photos are stunning and sprinkled throughout the chapters are quotes and scripture relating to hospitality and food. It's not quite a "coffee table" book but it is larger than most cookbooks and would be a great gift for a hostess or favorite cook in the family.