Feeding the Temple

Feeding the Temple

Feeding the Temple: Books that inspire a healthy living.

The Bible says our bodies are God’s temple and that His spirit dwells in us (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). How do we keep our bodies healthy with all the fast food and genetically modified stuff out there? Then there’s also those situations that is out of our control like illnesses or food allergies. What can we do about that?

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Christmas Cookbooks

Are you ready for the holiday cooking spree to begin?


From cookies for the neighbors to Christmas dinner and New Year’s appetizers, December seems to be filled with all the baking, and cooking, and flour…everywhere…especially if the children are involved. We accomplished our very first sugar cookie baking and decorating as a family this year. It went surprisingly well for having 2 young boys.

Do you have tradtional recipes you use from year to year? Or do you like to shake it up and try new recipes each year? Share your family cooking traditions below and check out these Christmas Cookbooks, maybe you will find a new tradition.

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Katie Jacobs

Create beautiful memories for your family and friends with help from Katie Jacobs, a stylist for Reese Witherspoon's lifestyle brand Draper James. In this essential guide to entertaining, Katie reveals her secrets for throwing fantastic parties for any occasion, from a casual backyard movie night to a lavish holiday party. Using Katie’s inspiring ideas and make-ahead tips, you will be so organized that you can minimize the fuss, enjoy the time, and celebrate too!

Brimming with creative party themes for every season, inspiring décor ideas, and delicious recipes, So Much to Celebrate is the perfect book for anyone who appreciates good times, good food, and good celebrations. (From the Publisher)

THOMAS NELSON, May, 224 pp., $29.99

Charles Dickens
A Book-to-Table Classic

A deluxe, full-color hardback edition of the perennial Christmas classic featuring a selection of recipes for your holiday table from Giada de Laurentiis, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, and Trisha Yearwood!

Have your book and eat it, too, with this clever edition of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol featuring delicious recipes from celebrity chefs. Plan your perfect Christmas feast with a carefully curated menu of holiday dishes, from succulent baked ham to smashed root vegetables. And top it all off with fruitcake cookies and pecan pie. Celebrate the holiday with a good meal and a good book!

Book includes full, unabridged text of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, interspersed with recipes, food photography, and special food artwork.
(From the Publisher)

PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, Oct, 176 pp., $25.00


Margaret M. Johnson

CHRISTMAS FLAVORS OF IRELAND INVITES READERS — cooks and armchair travelers alike — on a holiday tour of one of Europe’s most beloved destinations. From decking the halls to gathering around the family table, you’ll find timeless classics and exciting new ideas in this full color collection of popular Irish dishes. With easy-to-follow recipes — warming soups and crisp potatoes, wonderful puddings and dazzling desserts — Christmas Flavors of Ireland will awaken your senses to the festive, fun-filled season in Ireland. With over 100 recipes and photos, this colorful collection will become an essential addition to your holiday bookshelf and a gift that family and friends will treasure year after year. (From the Publisher)

AMBASSADOR INTERNATIONAL, Aug 2013, 192 pp., $19.99


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Rachel enjoys reading, reviewing books, and sharing her passion for literature at www.bookwormmama.org. She's a virtual assistant and shares the small-town life with her husband and children.

Food and Words, Together

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“When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.”

– Desiderius Erasmus


Books and food, hard decision?

Fortunately for booklovers, we don’t have to choose! We can get both in the form of a cookbook. (At least for October!) Why? October is National Cookbook Month.  *Wink wink.

If you’ve followed my blog, Just Commonly, you’ll know that I’m a foodie or rather a cookbook lover myself. I love trying different recipes and improving my (rather lacking) culinary skills.  Today, I share with you a couple of cookbooks I’ve tried which are still on my keeper shelf in my kitchen.

 Eat at Home Tonight by Tiffany King:

  • This one is a keeper with its simple and basic recipes for those times when excuses to not eat at home are too easy.

The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook by Toby Amidor

  • Five ingredients are all you need, AND it’s healthy. Need I say more?

Amish Cooking Class Cookbook by Wanda Brunstetter

  • This cookbook includes all the recipes you’ll read in the author’s Amish Cooking Class series. So it makes it fun to read along and know you can whip it up yourself!

Daisy Cakes Bakes by Kim Nelson

  • I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but when I do I like to make something from this one. My favorite? Vanilla wafer cookies with melted dark chocolate drizzle.

Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Peter Meehan & The editors of Lucky Peach

  • Being of Chinese descent, I love to check out some of the traditional recipes I’m familiar with, plus the ones I’ve tried while traveling to East Asia. There’s a bit of nostalgia for me when it comes to these classics.

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook by Pearl Barrett & Serene Allison

  • I’m all for anti-inflammatory foods, especially when we start getting up in age. (note from Carrie: as the oldest person on this staff…. I object to that distinction! LOL) This cookbook has many options for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan recipes. I don’t always follow it diligently, but I do substitute without taking away its original intention too much.

Gather Around the Amish Table by Lucy Leid

  • This Amish cooking cookbook is the one I use more often with its pictures and easy instructions.

The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer,  Marion Rombauer Becker & Ethan Becker (75th Anniversary Edition)

  • This is probably a staple in most, if not all, kitchens. Many times, going back to the classics gives me the comfort I need.

Quite the variation, but I think the main objective for me in keeping with a cookbook is the ease of use, and flavor.  As Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt once said, “Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” When we prepare food, there’s a transference of love to those who will taste it. 

Do you have a cookbook you recommend?

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.”

– Alan D. Wolfelt

Annie is an associate editor of Hope by the Book and the mind behind Just Commonly blog, sharing what she loves most – Jesus & all things book and bookish. She is also the co-founder of the Christian Fiction Readers’ Retreat and JustRead Publicity Tours.