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About "Eating Heaven"
'Sitting down at a table to eat is an activity so grounded in the ordinary, so basic to the daily routines of life, we rarely ponder it beyond the simple inquiry, 'What's for dinner?' However, scratch a little deeper and you discover in eating one of the most meaning-laden activities of our lives, one so immersed in human longing and relationship that it takes on sacred dimensions.' A trained chef, teacher, social researcher, minister of religion and homemaker, Simon Carey Holt draws on experience and research to explore the role of eating in our search for meaning and community. To do so, he invites us to sit at the tables of daily life - from kitchen tables to backyard barbecues, from cafe tables to the beautifully set tables of Melbourne's finest restaurants - and consider how our life at these tables interacts with our deepest values and commitments.
Meet the Author
Simon Carey Holt
Simon Carey Holt (PhD., Fuller Theological Seminary) is Lecturer in Spirituality at Whitley College (University of Melbourne & Melbourne College of Divinity). He lives with his family in the city of Melbourne, a place for which he has the deepest affection. Previously a pastor and church planter, Simon works actively with faith communities seeking a more authentic connection with their local neighbourhoods. He has authored God Next Door: Spirituality and mission in the neighbourhood and co-edited essays in honour of Robert Banks The Bible and the Business of Life.
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This was an interesting take on culture and food. I did enjoy some of the concepts and ideas but I was probably looking for a little more insight into the nutritional aspect and connection with heaven given the books title.
Simon Carey Holt has a great gift to write engagingly, proved by his authorship of his book God Next Door, which won Australian Christian Book of The Year in 2008. In Eating Heaven he has managed to convey lucidly his love of food and eating, his love of Melbourne and its cafes and restaurants and his love for God and family. Since I picked a copy I haven't been able to put it down. I even took it to work with me two days in a row to try to sneak in a few pages between jobs. I love Simon's ability to discuss the ordinary in a way that enables us to see the beauty of eggs for breakfast on a Friday morning in a favourite caf; his Mum's Chocolate Pudding Recipe; a Footscray veggie garden that grows spinach, beans, tomatoes and garlic; family meal times; the delightful simplicity of the backyard BBQ and sharing a cup of tea. Simon has managed to do a range of things in Eating Heaven. He's told his own story; that of his family of origin and now his own family. He's written an ode to Melbourne's cafes and restaurants. He's celebrated the act of food preparation, of cooking and of eating. He's unpacked the communal significance of all of this for us as human beings and he has reflected deeply on what he calls Spirituality at the Table. As Simon writes he has tried 'to help us better understand why all tables are spiritually charged, rich with possibility for all people, regardless of tradition or belief.' A great read, at so many levels.