By Andy Hale
For as long as I can remember, I have loved to eat.
Honestly, there has only been one food item that I have turned my palate away from in a symbolic act of defiance. Yet, even the disgusting brussels sprouts have won me over when they dance with balsamic vinegar, cracked pepper, fresh garlic and bacon. (That sound you just heard was the bellow of a five-year-old Andy screaming in protest.)
This pastime has also gotten me in trouble from time to time, including an unfortunate choking incident in middle school with a Little Debbie Swiss Cake Roll, as well as an accidental culinary encounter with the Bhut Jolokia pepper in Sri Lanka.
Yes, there have been moments of euphoria as I bit into the likes of smoked salmon, sautéed eggplant, baked brie, garlic roasted purple carrots and red peppers, aged rib-eye, a Cookout milkshake, or Krispy Kreme glazed donut hot off the line. However, I’m not quite sure if I have ever thought of eating as a spiritual experience.
Author Margaret Feinberg argues for a unique spiritual experience of food in her new book, Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers, & Fresh Food Makers.
“In hunger and fullness, may we draw closer to the one who fashioned us. More than a journey of food, this is a journey of faith, one designed to nourish our bellies and heal our souls,” said Feinberg.
Feinberg is a prolific writer. Her work includes, The Organic God, The Sacred Echo, Scouting the Divine, Wonderstruck, Fight Back With Joy, and the recently released Taste and See.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy