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The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection (A Harvest/Hbj Book) [Paperback]

By Robert Farrar Capon (Author)
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Item description for The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection (A Harvest/Hbj Book) by Robert Farrar Capon...

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.

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Studio: Mariner Books
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 5, 1979
Publisher   Harvest Books
ISBN  0156868938  
ISBN13  9780156868938  

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More About Robert Farrar Capon

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Robert Farrar Capon has published or released items in the following series...
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  2. Modern Library Food

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Poor writing masked in philosophical hocus pocus  Dec 30, 2007
I am surprised this book made it into the Modern Library series. George Orwell said that "The inflated style itself is a kind of euphemism. A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outline and covering up all the details." This sentence could sum up this book.

The book is filled with post-mod nonsense words: an onion is "linear" and have "vectors". What? Vector is not a visual word. And an onion is not linear, not even the cross-section of the onion is linear. I read chapter 2 at least twice and have no idea what its intended meaning should be. Something about sitting down with an onion and describing it in a way that makes other people laugh. Its philosophy in chapter one socks chapter ten in the eye. The book opines that heaven does exist even if it does not occupy physical space, a location. Later on it opines that the calorie does not exist, because it's only a measurement. There are also quasi-stream-of-consciousness writing, post-Emerson-Bly style that is hamfisted, pretentious and dull. The recipes presented are not enough for anyone to dig into this tripe. This book was a complete waste of time, especially if one took it seriously enough the first time round to read a chapter again to glean any meaning it may have. I would give this zero star if I could.
a true bedside cookbook  Dec 12, 2007
Meditations on food are a dime-a-dozen these days. So are books that are extended cultural examinations of a single food or recipe. Some of them are wonderfulAnimal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life,but very few are provocations to cook.
The Supper of the Lamb is, among other things, a reminder of the ordinary pleasures that come from cooking. The author's meditation on peeling an onion is such a marvel that, 2,786,342 onions later (some professionally done, others peeled from love) I still think of it whenever I peel and chop one at home.
I also think often of his concept of a tin fiddle-some simple device or brilliant idea that can be made shinier or more expensive and then sold to a gadget-hungry world. The electric knife is one example, I'm sure you can think of dozens more.
I read this book at the start of my professional culinary life and re-read it again some thirty-five years later. Amen.

Lynn Hoffman, author of New Short Course in Wine,The and another great book for the bedside,bang BANG: A Novel
Full-throttle joy of living  Sep 6, 2006
This is one of the most exceptional books I've read. Bold, funny, grumpy, and wise, it is a beautifully-written cookbook and dazzling radiance of commentary.

To read this fine book is like sitting on a stool in Capon's kitchen, listening to this old-school master talk (as he slow-cooks) on subjects as diverse as onions, knives, wine, love, dinner parties, and baking soda ("the Most Extraordinary Ordinary Thing in the World").

The thing I most appreciate about this book is its unapologetic, hurricane-force, declaration of JOY with life and life's Creator. "Supper of the Lamb" is almost operatic in its celebration of God, real foods, the earth, and wine. The book is a zero-tolerance zone for synthetic foods, ideas or people.

BE WARNED: "Supper of the Lamb" was first published 37 years ago. The language flow is so beautifully full that it's a little like eating lamb after decades of consuming malted milk balls and pork rinds.

Meditations on Food  Dec 31, 2003
Food writing is a difficult task. It's much easier to jot down a few (or many) recipes that describe the feelings, emotion and psychology of the food experience. One advantage that food writing has over, say car writing or sports writing, is the multitude of functionality. One can raise, prepare, buy, eat and savor food. It is used for romance, for celebration, for friendship, bereavement or religious fulfillment. In fact, to some it is almost a religious experience.

This is especially true of the author, Robert Capon, a priest in the Episcopal church. He can be deep, funny, poignant or edifying. These various essays touch on many subjects, all of them related one way or another to food. His comments like, "God may be simple but simplicity makes a bad god." are par for the course.

His strong likes (natural food, discipline, earnest preparation and freinds) and dislikes (fancy stoves, kitchen gadgets, easy recipes, strong cologne, arriving late) are fully detailed. A compendium of recipes follow the essays.

Joy to the World!  Sep 22, 2003
I came across The Supper of the Lamb at a particularly deep and prolonged nadir in my life, and not being particularly religious, I was sceptical. O what joy! What love! What exuberance, richness, fertility and fancy! What unbounded wonder! Father Capon shows us the wonder in ordinary things, and shows us how to look, really look, at humble, quotidian things to see the glory in them -- the chapter on a simple brown onion is worth the entire book. So is the chapter on wine. Again and again, I've stretched out my hand and the right book was there. Thank you Father Capon for showing me the way back to laughter, love and celebration! L'chaim!

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