Sacramental Magic in a Small-Town Cafe
Review by Karen Ball on 2005-06-16
"Leaven comes from the root words meaning 'to enliven, to vivify.' Yeast is the leaven used in breads, and it transforms the lump into a living, breathing organism. After proper nurturing, the dough is shaped into a loaf and baked. At this time, the yeast sacrifices its own life, dying when the temperature reaches 140 degrees." This wonderful little book is theology, philosophy and cookbook all in one. Interspersed with some fantastic recipes, Br. Peter (an Eastern Orthodox monk) tells the story of Brother Juniper's Cafe, which he and his wife Susan ran in northern California. It was both a place to have a wonderful, healthy meal and a place of ministry. This book is out-of-print, so I suggest you look for it in your library, used book store or on-line. Once again, I was reminded how much more there is to food and to the gracious serving of meals and to companionship.