Breaking Bread, Nourishing Connections—People With and Without Disabilities Together at Mealtime, by Karin Melberg Schwier and Erin Schwier Stewart. Baltimore: Brookes, 2005.

There are many mealtime books for persons with disabilities, but none as warm, instructive, and expansive as this one. It contains a magnificent concatenation of mealtime stories, tips, actions, attitudes, and even some down-to-earth recipes from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Sudan, Ireland, Italy, and Australia. The focus is tightly on persons with all kinds of disabilities and persons without such obvious limits. Over 50 contributors shared what they did to make mealtimes more rich, joyous, mutually valuing of one another, and sometimes holy.

To quickly catch the book's spirit, one only needs to thumb through the pages and view the 56 photographs. After I did it, my mind fixed immediately on close Italian neighbors who are forever saying to me,...

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