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Thinking back to my childhood, I have vivid memories of Sunday lunches at Grandma’s house. Cousins were there to play with when we were done eating, trees to climb, leaves to jump in, and games of ball to play in the field. But the most welcoming memory was of the initial opening of the door – warm, delicious smells met you in the coziness of their downstairs. Yes, there may have been too many people to fit around the table, but that did not matter. Everyone was there and good food was to be had. Not fancy, mind you, but food which was familiar and tasted of home. (We may have even had basically the same meal every week, though my memory does not contain that information.)
Even the cups used had their own smell. They were nothing fancy either, plastic Tupperware cups which have lasted decades, survived use by many grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, and still look new. Yet, the smell when you poured soda on top of the ice was something I associate with my grandparents’ house. No other drinking vessel has replicated that smell, it is unique to those cups.
Nourished, a memoir of food, faith & enduring love by Lia Huber follows a similar path – memories of the author’s the past associated with the foods which nourished her, both in body and in spirit. Through her journey as a young college student, to making major life choices, facing a health crisis, searching for her place in this world, and now to the present, Lia Huber takes her readers on a path of finding her faith and understanding how food can be more than bland, thoughtless item put in front of you three times a day.
…food went from something I didn’t think about to becoming a pivotal part of my life. It was what brought me joy. It was how I healed my body when doctors couldn’t. It was how I related to people and gained deeper insight into my life’s purpose and the way I serve the world.
Nourished is not a recipe book, though the end of each chapter contains the recipe for a dish mentioned. It really is more of a memoir of Lia Huber‘s life and how food and relationships influenced how she came to understand her place in this world. The recipes shared contain fairly common ingredients which makes them very easy to replicate. There were several I marked to try.
I was a bit surprised when the author began to talk about her faith in such a bold way. It was not necessarily inappropriate for the story, but an aspect I was not suspecting. At times it began to feel like it touched on some new age-ish ideals, though most of what Lia mentions is fairly mainstream Christianity.
Nourished really is a well-written story. My attention was held from the first chapter and never waned throughout the rest of the book. If you are looking for a well-flowing book some weekend, I would highly recommend Nourished by Lia Huber. Who knows, you may find yourself in the kitchen recreating a recipe from your past or finding a new one to help nourish your soul.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.