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208 pages
Oct 2008
Thomas Nelson

Come to the Table: Food, Fellowship, and a Celebration of God's Bounty

by Benita Long and Sammy Anderson

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Come follow this Path of Celebration which “…drips with abundance” (Ps. 65:11). Herein you will find the visual and gustatory inspiration for joyous, everyday family and friend galas, all happily based on the myriad of gifts of our God. Quotes and bon-mots from noted Christians and apt Bible verses adeptly illuminate Come To The Table. Amply illustrated with colorful, evocative, full-page photos this recipe/devotional/coffee table book begins with breakfast then branches widely into many intriguing repasts: parties and picnics; dinners of all sorts; family gatherings; seafood; small morsels; and closing with a centuries-spanning set of table prayers.

I so thoroughly enjoyed this book it took me a long time to get to cooking with the recipes. Each photo and narrative encourages thought, relaxation, prayer. And then I had to let other people enjoy it. Now that I am using the recipes, I find them easy to follow, enjoyable to eat, and exactly right for the feasts they represent. The number served from each recipe varies from 2 to 22 but each recipe is easily enlarged or reduced. Parmesan Grits Casserole turned into a mouth watering breakfast reminiscent of Italy and Polenta. Combining several of this books sections, we feasted on Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad, (redolent with herb s and vegetables), and Orange Cranberry Bread, followed by cool, satisfying Minted Fruit and Cinnamon Crisp Cookies.

This is a delightful, useful book with a wealth of enjoyment for yourself or as a gift. And the reader does not need to be a cook. If you are trying to think of a gift for a non-Christian, here it is - Come To The Table is so enjoyable the wealth of witnessing material just slips into the mind easily and cozies down to stay there for a long time. -- Donna Eggett,

Book Jacket:

Come to the Table is a celebration of food and fellowship as a tribute to the blessings of God through stunning photographs, inspiring writing, and delicious recipes.

Fellowship with others is one of the greatest gifts of God. Come to the Table celebrates this special time with friends and family with exquisite Southern recipes organized in chapters on parties and picnics, small group dinners, family gatherings, and dinner on the grounds, among others. Each chapter includes inspiring quotes, uplifting introductions, and a perfect combination of landscape and food photography that magnifies the glory of the Lord. Come to the Table gives you a taste of heaven on earth with all types of recipes, including:

Gorganzola and Fig Tartlets

Butter Bean, Corn, and Okra Salad

Spicy Apple Cake with Caramel Icing

Low-Country Shrimp and Sausage Creole

Creamed Chicken on Cornbread