I’m excited to be reviewing another book for TLC Book Tours! Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy, by Paula Butturini, is an incredible journey, that I loved reading!
From TLC Book Tours —
Keeping the Feast is a story of love, trauma, and the personal and marital healing that can come from a beautiful place and its simple traditions. It’s a memoir about what happens when tragedy and its psychological aftershocks strike a previously happy marriage and a couple must stubbornly fight to find its bearings. Most significantly, it is a book about the power of one of the most fundamental rituals – the daily sharing of food around a family table. Food — the growing, shopping, preparing, cooking, eating, talking, sharing and memory of it — becomes the symbol of a family’s innate desire to survive, to accept and even celebrate what falls its way.
Paula’s memoir recounts the highest highs and the deepest lows in such a way that is meaningful and encouraging. She takes you back to the table of her childhood, time and again, and describes the foods eaten in such a way that you can almost taste it. Many, if not most, of us have encountered devastating, life altering circumstances in our lives, which makes this book relate-able, even if we’ve never traveled to Rome, or don’t eat Italian food.
Paula opens up the world of depression as her husband, John, struggles to remain afloat for years, and her own emotions as she is angered by the way life has turned out for them. Daily she and John would share three meals together, no matter the circumstances before or after the meals. Paula describes mealtime as her anchor for each day, she would plan no more than for the three meals each day, and getting through each of the meals was a milestone. Beautifully simple, delicious food to nourish them – body and soul.
I know from my own trials, that it is the little things that matter the most. The little (big) hugs, excited giggles, good food, and friends to smile and laugh with, morning light through the window, and the gentle whisper of the wind. Looking at all that is right, and focusing there.
I highly recommend this book, and Lisa at TLC has kindly offered a copy for one of you! Just leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. (I’m not ready to part with my copy yet.) I hope I’ve told you enough about it to whet your appetite, but not too much that you are no longer interested – it is so well organized and thought out, it reads easily despite the heavy nature of the content.
Keeping the Feast: One Couple’s Story of Love, Food, and Healing in Italy