“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.” — Charles William Eliot


While it is no secret that we are kitchen people here at GraceTable, we are also word people with an appetite for books! *Happy sigh* Just as real food nourishes our bodies, we find a different satiation in the lingering meal of a few well penned words. Words are soul-food, we say. Our spirits need these filling phrases, these occasionally, provocative flavors, well tendered from the creative kitchens of others who share our penchant for scrumptious strings of well-spun sentences, with lingering aftertastes of meditative thought and sometimes, with a surprise twist of humor, conviction but always, with grace. 

One brilliant meal deserves another, and so we have set the table here for you, with a few of our favorite word feasts. 

We thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite hospitality/food/kitchen/faith related books with you, in hopes of introducing you to a few new flavors and some inspiring friends.

And by friends, I mean books.Books with lucky plant
We polled our team of writers here and have compiled a list of the top 10 books we recommend, related to hospitality, food, the kitchen and faith.

Here is our list in no particular order:

*all of these are affiliate links, which doesn’t cost you a dime more, but only helps us keep food on the table here*

Radical Hospitality: Benedict’s Way of Love: Benedict’s Way of Love, 2nd Edition
by Loni Collins Pratt and Father Daniel Homan   

Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition by Christine D. Pohl 

The Spirit of Food: Thirty-four Writers on Feasting and Fasting toward God by Leslie Leyland Fields (Editor)

A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission around the Table (Re:Lit) by Tim Chester

Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating by Norma Wirzba

Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist

Small Things with Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor by Margot Starbuck

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle

The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection (Modern Library Paperbacks) by Rober Farrar Capon (Read Kimberlee’s review HERE)

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingslover

 Looking for more recommendations? Check out our BOOKS page.

Tell us, what books are you reading right now? What is your favorite book related to food, faith or hospitality? 

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Kris is a writer and artist living in the middle of Ohio. She loves Jesus, people, and words. She is most often found in her tiny kitchen, where she plays with her food. Having recently mastered the art of preparing perfectly crisp dino-nuggets--she is her children's hero.
  • Yvonne Reynolds

    I loved Bread & Wine! I am thinking it would be fun to go through the book again, making some of the recipes, and invite friends over to enjoy them. So Kris, be sure to let me know when you are in my neighborhood 😉

    December 29th, 2014 16:31
    • Kris Camealy

      Oh that would be fun, Yvonne! I wish I lived closer! You’re always welcome here too!

      December 29th, 2014 18:54
    • Joyce (and Norm)

      I loved that book too!! I think I lent it the advance copy and it never found its way back home, but it is one that I will read and use again, so it’s definitely on my books wishlist. :p

      December 29th, 2014 20:58
      • Kris Camealy

        Joyce, email me your (U.S.) mailing address. I have a spare copy of Bread & Wine with your name on it. 😉

        December 29th, 2014 22:23
        • Joyce (and Norm)

          No way! Thanks so much, Kris! I’m looking to host more gatherings in our humble home this coming year, and this will be perfect.

          December 30th, 2014 17:56
  • Beth

    Oh this list looks fabulous. Thank you!

    December 29th, 2014 18:08
    • Kris Camealy

      Happy reading, Beth! 🙂

      December 29th, 2014 18:53

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