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Her Daily Bread

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Immensely enjoyable. The book definitely has you slowing down and reflecting which is the point of the devotionals and recipes.
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In the vein of Shauna Niequist's Bread and Wine, this delightful book combines devotional writings with wonderful recipes. Something in here for everyone.
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This was genuinely very cool. I've never seen a cookbook put together in this format before. I didn't "read" it, but I flipped through and made note of a few recipes for future use. All in all, very cool.
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Found this book very helpful and insightful.. I have learned allot  just has I had hoped I would. Will be looking for more from this author.
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While the devotional parts of this book were well written, it did not provide me the uniqueness I thought I was getting with a book that also had recipes. There just weren't enough recipes.
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Her Daily Bread
Inspired Words and Recipes to Feast on All Year Long
by Kate Wood
Pub Date 14 Dec 2021 | 
 Christian  |  Cooking, Food & Wine  |  Nonfiction (Adult) 

I am reviewing a copy of Her Daily Bread: Inspired Words and Recipes to Feast On All Year Long through Harper One and Netgalley:

Kate Wood, award-winning blogger behind Wood and Spoon and mother of three, realized that she was surviving, but not thriving, and that what she needed more than another cup of coffee was real connection with herself, with others, and with God, In the midst of her busy schedule.  Included in this devotional are treasured family recipes which include Mom’s Mom’s .

Homemade Bread
* Two-Bite Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Aioli
* Cheddar Cornmeal Chicken Pot Pie
* Simple Pesto Risotto
* Weekday Red Velvet Cake
* Birthday Sprinkle Pancakes
* Fluffernutter Pretzel Pie
Find a comfy chair, grab a cup of coffee, and settle into these words that offer encouragement, connection, and hope.

I give Het Daily Bread five out of five stars!

Happy Reading!
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I picked this up initially for the recipes. True story. :) And on that front, they definitely don't disappoint! The variety and quality are impressive! (And the summertime peach berry cobbler is already making me drool. I'm sure it has nothing to do with being on the front end of winter right now ... where's my Vitamin D? LOL!)

The devotionals are nice as well, for the most part. They're short and sweet; sometimes that's great, and other times, I feel it's a bit detrimental--it may not always do a topic (or comment) justice. Brevity means context is sometimes lacking.

In particular, in the Day 10 devotional, Wood talks about how having kids is one of the reasons she drinks wine. I don't drink anymore...and frankly found this devotional pretty off-putting in that regard. Much more befitting a blog post rather than a devotional; as a Goodreads review I read noted, it really does seem to perpetuate the "wine mommy" attitude we see so much in society today. It was a disappointing inclusion here, where I would have expected/hoped for, well, not that.

So, I found myself returning to the recipes--an area Wood evidently thrives! I'll likely return to her blog and enjoy that especially.

I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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From the introduction, the author describes this book as "a year's worth of scripture passages, personal stories, and life lessons." I found that the scripture passages were listed but not included. The book is set up as 6 days of written devotionals and a seventh day of a recipe. 
The devotionals were short, a page and a half or so. The recipes were a nice touch. They did not include photos.
This could be a good devotional book for someone who is also very interested in cooking or food. The devotional topics included womanhood, motherhood, marriage, friendship, personal growth, and food, and they were specific to calendar days of the year, rather than just being numbered.
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A lovely devotional centered around food and the table. I can't wait to dig into Kate's words more. The days I read were very impactful and easy to fit into my schedule. I will definitely be adding a physical copy to my collection.
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Her Daily Bread is a delightful book that is best read daily over the year.  The short essays/reflections are at time heartfelt, other times funny, always enjoyable.  The book includes recipes for each week that are special enough to be different from the norm, but not difficult to execute.
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I enjoyed the devotionals and the recipes are a nice touch. I thought that having these together was incredibly charming and homey. I didn’t like a couple of the devotional though, as I felt it perpetuated the “wine mommy” persona prevalent in our current society. The devotions kind of lost steam for me after that, as I wish they were more Christ centered. However, they were relatable as a mom and I appreciated they authors attempt. My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
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This is a book dedicated to devotions and recipes. I enjoyed the devotions and while I love to cook, I don’t know that I would make these recipes since I have a busy schedule and limited time. I always look for quick and simple. 

I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher for my honest review and opinion.
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Reviewing this book requires me to ask two questions First, would I purchase this book for myself?  Second, would I purchase this book for my wife or daughter-in-law?
This is a devotional book with one recipe substituted per week in lieu of the devotional. The devotionals are personal reflections on the author’s life. They each conclude with a Biblical reference or two, related to though not directly addressed in the daily devotionals.  The individual entries are not scholarly, but they are well-written thoughts offered for six days a week for a year. 

The recipes offered each week come from seven distinct categories: Snacks, Soups, “Sides, Salads, and Sauces”, Entrees, Breakfast, Beverages, and Desserts. The recipes, themselves, are a bit more high-end than I would expect at my daily family’s meals - perhaps at a special meal when entertaining guests.

Back to my two questions. Would I buy this book for myself: NO! Would I buy this book for my wife or daughter-in-law: maybe, as a birthday or Christmas present? They would find refreshment in the devotionals. I do not know how much use they would make of the recipes.  I will give the book 3-½ stars.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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I found Daily Bread by Kate Wood uplifting and heartwarming. I do plan to continue to read her book, a repeat read, as I loved her daily devotionals. The recipes were fun to read too.

Highly recommend.

Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.
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I wouldn't buy it. This is like a year devotional with recipes mix together and I found this book kinda worldly. The devotionals use the author's personal experiences with each topic plus a a paragraph about what God would be telling you or wanting you to do in that situation without quoting scriptures to backup what they're saying. They do tell you a verse at the end for you to look up later in your Bible but it feels like something is missing. There's a lot of good information tough and the recipes look very good but at the end you'll know more about the author's life than everything else. I would just stick to reading my Bible cover to cover, devotional like this isn't for me. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Six days of devotional, then a recipe.  This book covers a full year, 365 days.    Most of the devotionals center around a food theme, 
      I think for myself, I’d prefer two separate books —- one a devotional, the other a cookbook with a background chapter.
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