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The Spirit of Food: Thirty-four Writers on Feasting and Fasting toward God

Leslie Leyland Fields

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ISBN 10: 1608995925 / ISBN 13: 9781608995929
Published by Wipf & Stock Pub, 2010
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Title: The Spirit of Food: Thirty-four Writers on ...

Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

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You are invited to a feast for the senses and the spirit! Thirty-four adventurous writers open their kitchens, their recipe files, and their hearts to illustrate the many unexpected ways that food draws us closer to god, to community, and to creation. All bring a keen eye and palate to the larger questions of the role of food-both its presence and its absence-in the life of our bodies and spirits. Their essays take us to a canadian wheat farm, a backyard tomato garden in cincinnati, an organic farm in maine; into a kosher kitchen, a line of hurricane katrina survivors as they wait to be fed, a church basement for a thirty-hour fast; inside the translucent layers of an onion that transport us to a meditation on heaven, to a church potluck, and to many other places and ways we can experience sacramental eating. In a time of great interest and equal confusion over the place of food in our lives, this rich collection, which includes personal recipes, will delight the senses, feed the spirit, enlarge our understanding, and deepen our ability to & eat and drink to the glory of god. &

featuring the writings of
robert farrar capon, wendell berry, lauren winner, luci shaw, andre dubus, jeanne murray walker, brian volck, and many others,
including original recipies!

About the Author:

LESLIE LEYLAND FIELDS is a writer, national speaker, workshop leader and professional editor who lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska in the winter and Harvester Island in the summer, where she works in commercial salmon fishing with her family. (Follow her weekly blogs from these islands at She has written/edited 9 nonfiction books of memoir and essays on a variety of subjects: the spirituality of food, wilderness, forgiveness, commercial fishing, and parenting. Her forthcoming book is "Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers" (Jan. 2014, Thomas Nelson).
Leslie is also a contributing editor to Christianity Today magazine and writes for Books and Culture and other journals. She loves to travel, and spent several years trekking around the world. She still travels often, leaving Kodiak to speak at conferences, churches, retreats, and universities around the country. In September 2013, she is beginning a new venture, the Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop at her remote fish camp island off Kodiak Island. ( 

She holds three graduate degrees in Creative Nonfiction, English and Journalism, and has taught for many years in both undergraduate and graduate programs in Oregon, Alaska and Washington and now continues to teach through college visits, writer-in-residencies, frequent radio appearances, speaking, and her professional writing business, The Northern Pen. 

Leslie and her husband Duncan have 6 children, a daughter and 5 sons, all of whom work in salmon fishing every summer. She can be reached at

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