It is an age-old recipe--grain, yeast and spirit--and author Peter Reinhart knows how to blend these ingredients well. In fact, Reinhart has been fermenting this particular loaf of wisdom for years. On a world-wide level he is known as a master baker and author of the award-winning cookbook Crust and Crumb
. On another (but equally important) level he is a spiritual pilgrim who finally planted his roots in the Christ the Saviour Brotherhood, an Eastern Orthodox service order.
In this well-written memoir Reinhart demonstrates how a journey to God follows the same rules as the baking of bread. For example, you must have all the right tools to begin. In one case the tools may include meditation and affirmative prayer, in the other they may include baking parchment and spatulas. (Although Reinhart is now in an Orthodox Christian order, his voice and quest could easily appeal to any spiritual orientation.) Like Like Water for Chocolate Reinhart also inserts bread recipes into each chapter as he shares his hard-earned spiritual maturity and personal story. As a result, his stories, wisdom and bread recipes are more easily understood, savoured and digested. --Gail Hudson