Dryansky, Gerald Y., Coquilles Calva and Crème (Pegasus Press, 2012). Amazon.com book description (edited): A celebration and critique of the French culinary landscape and a gastronomical excursion across the French countryside in search of the unsung cooks who are still doing it right. Gerry's stories are the stuff of legend–evenings with Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, historic wine auctions and memorable banquets–but Coquilles, Calva, and Créme is more than memories. These same memories prompt a journey across modern-day France, through kitchens, farms, and vineyards, offering a savory experience that can be duplicated by the reader afterward with numerous recipes, most of which have never before been recorded. In the world of today's professional cooking, publicity-chasing and performance has overshadowed the importance of dining and the food itself. Too often the modern restaurant is a mixture of bizarre novelty and paradoxical clichés. Truly great dining happens when you're fully engaged in the moment, acknowledging the range of associations that emerge, as Proust wrote, from sensory experiences. From small cafés in Paris, to Normandy, Alsace, the Basque country, and beyond, Gerry takes the reader on a sweeping sensory journey. Gerry's wife, Joanne, contributed to the book, which has 16 pages of color illustrations.
Goldsmith, Dale C., Speaking of Dying: Recovering the Church's Voice in the Face of Death, (Brazos Press, 2012). Publisher's synopsis (edited). The church does not cope very well with dying. Instead of using its own resources to mount a positive end-of-life ministry for the terminally ill, it outsources care to secular models, providers, and services. A terminal diagnosis typically triggers denial of impending death and placing faith in the techniques and resources of modern medicine. If a cure is not forthcoming, the patient and his or her loved ones experience a sense of failure and bitter disappointment.
This book offers a critical analysis of the church's failure to communicate constructively about dying, reminding the church of its considerable liturgical, scriptural, and pastoral resources when it ministers to the terminally ill. The authors, who have all been personally and professionally involved in end-of-life issues, suggest practical, theological bases for speaking about dying, communicating with those facing death, and preaching about dying. They explore how dying–in baptism–begins and informs the Christian's life story. They also emphasize that the narrative of faith embraces dying, and they remind readers of scriptural and christological resources that can lead toward a ‟good dying”. In addition, they present current best practices from health professionals for communication among caregivers and those facing death.