From a passionate and talented chef who also happens to be an Episcopalian priest comes this surprising and thought-provoking treatise on everything from prayer to poetry to puff pastry. In The Supper of the Lamb, Capon talks about festal and ferial cooking, emerging as an inspirational voice extolling the benefits and wonders of old-fashioned home cooking in a world of fast food and prepackaged cuisine.
About the Author
Robert Farrar Capon is the author of numerous books on theology, cooking, and family life. His works include Between Noon and Three; Kingdom, Grace, Judgment; and Genesis, the Movie. Capon lives on Shelter Island, New York.
Read an Excerpt
I read the first recipe, an appetizer made of lemon gelatin poured into a banana skin filled with little banana balls. “When opened, the banana looks like a mammoth yellow pea pod,” I concluded triumphantly. “Can you imagine a world in which that sounds like a good idea?” I could. I could put myself in the dining room with its fussy papered walls and hot air. I could see the maid carrying in this masterpiece, hear the exclamations of pleasure from the tightly corseted woman of the house.
But the magic didn’t work for Mom; to her this particular doorway to history was closed. So I tried again, choosing something more exotic. “Listen to this,” I said, and began reading.
“Wild strawberries were at their peak in the adjacent forests at this particular moment, and we bought baskets of them promiscuously from the picturesque old denizens of the woods who picked them in the early dawn and hawked them from door to door. The pastry was hot and crisp and the whole thing was permeated with a mysterious perfume. Accompanied by a cool Vouvray, these wild strawberry tarts brought an indescribable sense of well-being."
Anything?” I asked. She shook her head.
Table of Contents
ONE - Ingredients,
TWO - The First Session,
THREE - The Burnt Offering,
FOUR - The Generous Ox,
FIVE - Wave Breast and Heave Shoulder,
SIX - The Tin Fiddle,
SEVEN - Living Water,
EIGHT - Water in Excelsis,
NINE - The Suspended Solution,
TEN - And She Took Flour ...,
ELEVEN - Better a Dinner of Herbs ...,
TWELVE - The Mysterious East,
THIRTEEN - Bread to Strengthen Man's Heart,
FOURTEEN - One Good Turn Deserves Another,
FIFTEEN - The Long Session,
SIXTEEN - The Burning Heart,
SEVENTEEN - Recipes,
I BREADS, FLOUR MIXTURES, AND RICE,
II EGGS, CHEESE, AND SOUPS,
III FISH AND SHELLFISH,
IV MEAT AND POULTRY,