In Ecclesiastes, we’re told that there’s “nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be merry.” Elsewhere in the Scriptures, the message is more complex: We are charged with caring for creation and for meeting the needs of the poor. Isaiah 58:10 reads, If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”

This page celebrates food and the pleasure of making merry and “breaking bread” with others, but also takes a frank look at the politics and theology of food and its production—recognizing that what and how we eat has deep significance for our spiritual, physical, and emotional health and also profoundly affects the wellbeing of others and the survival of the planet.

We can do both!

(Lists in process)


Best Foodie TV

“Chef’s Table”

“Somebody Feed Phil”

“The Great British Baking Show”

“I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”

“Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories”

Favorite Foodie Movies

Babette’s Feast

The Lunchbox

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Spinning Plates

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

The Trip

Best Food and Restaurant Writing

The Midlife Crisis of the American Restaurant Review” by Theodore Gioia

(Anything by) Pete Wells

A BuzzFeed “greatest hits” of Pete Wells’ most savage reviews:

Ruth Reichl’s books:

My favorite of Reichl’s is Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

Best Kids Books about Food

My favorites:

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

How Are You Peeling? by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood and Don Wood

31 Other Delicious Books for Kids

Best Foodie Podcasts

My favorites are The Splendid Table and the The Bon Appétit Foodcast, both found on this list:

The Best Cookbooks

The More with Less Cookbook

The New Yorker’s Best Cookbooks 2019

Read about Food, Spirituality, and Justice

Eat with Joy by Rachel Stone

Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating by Norman Wirzba

“What is the Eucharist?”

Keeping the Feast: Metaphors for the Meal by Milton Brasher-Cunningham

The End of Hunger by Jenny Eaton Dyer and Cathleen Falsani

Overview about food and social justice in the U.S.:

The UU’s statement on Ethical Eating:

Take Action

Support your local foodbank:

Go Meatless on Mondays:

Buy sustainable seafood:

Learn about famine in African countries and Yemen and support relief efforts:

Support “The Store,” a free, year-round grocery store in Nashville: