Friday, April 15, 2011
The Reference Shelf: A Continual Feast
A cookbook to celebrate the joys of family and faith throughout the Christian year
by Evelyn Birge Vitz
illustrated by Parker Leighton
Easter is a moment of rejoicing. To some degree, in some places, this rejoicing bears a mark of deep solemnity. This has been especially true of Eastern Europe. But the theme of Easter joy is clear in many humorous old customs and superstitions. It was long traditional that preachers should at some point in their sermons on that day make their listeners laugh: this was "Pascal laughter." In the highlands of Scotland they used to say (maybe some still do) that on Easter morning the sun dances for joy.
With Easter rejoicing goes Easter feasting. There are dozens of beautiful traditional dishes from all over the world for this great feast.