What we feel and celebrate as we gather for community feasts of the calendar year is summed up in this back cover blurb from Eating at Church. Our eating traditions are well preserved in church cookbooks, the oldest type on theNorth American continent. To paraphrase Michael Pollan, writing in the New York Times magazine, “If Great Great Grandma ate it, you can be sure it was real food.”
Salivating over 300 Years of a Labor of Love at Aylmer and Eardley United Churches
“The cooks of these 175 superlative recipes are volunteers, bubbling over with good will, know-how and friendliness. They embody commensality — the act of building community by sharing a table.
Some dishes are prepared at home in a well-organized flurry, since they have to get to church on time. Others are cooked in the church basement kitchen by a close-knit team who love what they’re doing, since it’s for others.
As a child of the church in the thirties, the author cherishes happy memories of a perpetual cycle of strawberry socials, harvest suppers and silver teas. And those memories, coded in recipes like these, still stir up the intangible ingredients poured in by the hearts of those earlier ‘Eating at Church’ chefs.”
This lively cookbook, with its chatty anecdotes, brings to life the end of the Lenten season at Easter and other ancient calendar occasions for feasting.
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