Melissa D’Arabian, winner of The Next Food Network Star (season 5) and host of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners, takes readers deep into her love for food and family in her newest book. Other books have been on the more prosaic aspects of food—eating healthy on a budget, etc.—but this one digs deep into her lifelong relationship with food and with God. As her relationship with God grew, so did her appreciation of how God and food work side by side to create friendship, health, love, and family. She offers 16 invitations that encourage readers to see food as a gift from God that is to be used well. Her invitations—into compassion, authenticity, grace, patience, stewardship, work, dependence, hospitality, and more—are mixed with her life story to create a full-bodied, well-blended, tasty meal that will satisfy her longtime fans and create new ones. D’Arabian reveals much about her food-insecure childhood, her mother’s death, unexpected stardom, four babies in three years, and the life she and her family have created around food. This book is well worth sitting down and digging into. (WaterBrook)
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