Keeping the Feast

I’m excited to be reviewing another book for TLC Book ToursKeeping 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

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By |2017-11-17T09:14:36-06:00January 19th, 2010|review|35 Comments


  1. Lois Grebowski January 19, 2010 at 8:33 am - Reply

    That sounds like a wonderful book. I could use a good "thinking person's" book. Been pouring through some book candy (mindless mysteries and romance novels) lately.

  2. Mama Spark January 19, 2010 at 8:40 am - Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am always up for reading something I have not read before. Sounds like a good book too!

  3. Amy Priddy :||: Priddy Creations January 19, 2010 at 9:13 am - Reply

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  4. Jilly's Space January 19, 2010 at 10:08 am - Reply

    I would love a chance to win this book. Thank-you! :-)

  5. 2miracles/Tove January 19, 2010 at 10:10 am - Reply

    ok, you tempted me an I'm not a big reader. But this one sound interesting I'll have to hunt it down if I dont win. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is good on thehome front you seem extra busy. Take care. Sis

  6. live a colorful life January 19, 2010 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review.

  7. kaiolohiakids January 19, 2010 at 10:39 am - Reply

    I love to read but this soounds like a good one to mix in with my typical mysteries!

  8. Lis January 19, 2010 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Isn't there a saying that the family that eats together stays together or something like that? It really is an important part of our daily lives to share a meal and time together. This sounds like a very good read.

  9. Lis January 19, 2010 at 10:49 am - Reply

    Maybe it's "prays together", anyway, I think it still applies!!

  10. Amber January 19, 2010 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great book – and I'd love to be entered. Also it's amazing when we look back and see what God has brought us through isn't it?! – when we didn't ever think we could survive something like that. Thanks for sharing your story :-)

  11. ktquilts January 19, 2010 at 11:15 am - Reply

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  12. Sharon S January 19, 2010 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Thanks for the info on a great book. Yes, I'd love to win!

  13. Heather January 19, 2010 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Next to quilting, reading is my next passion!! I am always looking for a good book to read! So please add my name to your giveaway! Thanks!

  14. call me crazy January 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Sounds very interesting. I am always looking for a good book too. ;-)

  15. Sara January 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful book – on the order of the book Eat, Pray, Love. I enjoyed that one …

    Thanks for the giveaway…

  16. Lynn January 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    THis book sound really good, I would love to read it…

  17. Aths January 19, 2010 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    I'm looking forward to reading this. I read Andi's review yesterday and was very impressed. Love your review too!

    athira.c AT gmail DOT com

  18. BaileyGirl5 January 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    I would love to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway and for the nice review.

  19. Pam January 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    A good review makes one want more ..and that is how your review left me!! This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  20. Jenny @ Anything Pretty January 19, 2010 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    I would love a chance to win the book…sounds great!

  21. Leslie - she sews and scraps January 19, 2010 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I love to read and I thank you for sharing it with us, thank you for the chance at winning a copy too, you gals are both too sweet!

  22. Mary on Lake Pulaski January 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    It sounds very interesting Amy – I would love to read it.

  23. Candied Fabrics January 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I am a strong believer in the power of cooking and eating together as a family. And I'm very lucky that my husband is an awesome chef – he personifies "food is love".

  24. Donna @ Mudpies and Memories January 20, 2010 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I would love to read that book! I am a firm believer that food and sitting at the table together unites a family. My husband jokes that I put too much focus on food and dinnertime, but it truly is the most important part of the day.

  25. Jenny January 20, 2010 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Thanks, i would love a chance at this book!

  26. Mindy January 20, 2010 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Sounds like an very good read. Thanks for the review!

  27. Megan January 20, 2010 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Oooh sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review and chance to win!


  28. the momma January 21, 2010 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Oh – Sounds like an excellent book ~ Thanks for the chance to win

  29. ~Michelle~ January 21, 2010 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I'll read just about anything nowadays, but this sounds right up my alley!

  30. Tylynn January 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Oh this sounds so interesting! Sounds like something I would like to read.

  31. Love 2 Quilt January 21, 2010 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    I'd love to read that book.

  32. Molly January 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I'd love to enter…thanks Amy! :)

  33. penny nelson January 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Food and the ritual of sharing it is very powerful. I would love to read a meaningful memoir about this subject. This book sounds like a reaffirming look at the simplest of daily sharing. Thanks for the suggestion.

  34. diplofam January 23, 2010 at 10:54 am - Reply

    always looking for a new recommended book!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Marianne January 24, 2010 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Sounds really good! Keeping my fingers crossed, thanks for the opportunity.

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