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Love, God, and the Art of French Cooking (Book)

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Imagine meeting a French chef who is much more than what he seems. In this true story, James Twyman enters the mystical world of Roger Dufau, the owner of a bed-and-breakfast outside Toronto, who dishes out lessons on love and God just as easily as he does the most delicious cuisine. Follow James as he undergoes a profound transformation, exploring his past relationships and dissolving negative patterns. In this remarkably personal account, James learns to release his fears and fully open his heart—perhaps for the first time.

     “Food is one of the closest things we have to real spirituality,” Roger explains, then goes on to teach the true meaning of abundance, and how our passion can be used to create new worlds and serve humanity.

This is a book that will stir your heart as well as offer hints on how you too can become a master chef—not only of French cuisine, but of your own life. It is a recipe for living, and speaks with an intimacy that everyone can appreciate and understand.

James F. Twyman is the New York Times best-selling author of 14 books, including The Barn Dance and The Moses Code. He is known internationally as “The Peace Troubadour,” as he travels to some of the world’s greatest areas of conflict to share his message of peace. James has produced or directed four movies, including the award-winning Indigo and the film version of The Moses Code. He is also the founder of the Seminary of Spiritual Peacemaking, which has ordained more than 600 ministers around the world.
Website: www.JamesTwyman.com

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169 pages
Hay House, Inc.; October 15, 2011
Approx. .75 LBS

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  1. Fun Read 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Mar 2012

    A light and fun book about a man learning to love again. When he is left by his girlfriend, Michele, in Elora, James meets Roger and begins a journey of healing his broken heart. Roger's simple and profound questions show James what he needs to overcome and master, and the walls he build up begin to tear down.

    Roger speaks almost in parables as he is cooking, showing James how things relate to one another, and teaching lessons along the way in patience, humility, and sharing. One of my favorite lessons is the one about the garlic, showing how we need to be "smashed" before we can release our true selves, and maybe we don't need to go back to being who we once were.

    An easy read, with a bit of cooking lessons involved makes this a great book for just about anyone teen and up.

  2. Thought provoking! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Mar 2012

    As a person who has been on my own quest for spiritual fullfillment, I found this book insightful and enjoyable. The journey that the author, James F. Twyman, embarked on was one of not only healing, but discovering the source that was the cause of unhealthy patterns in his life. With the guidance of a French chef/Spiritual teacher who uses cooking as his teaching tools, James was able to open up and make himself vulnerable to self reflection and change. While reading this book, many of my own memories and experiences came to mind and I was able to look at them from a whole new perspective. I found myself beginning to open up and start the process of releasing my bad patterns and healing old wounds. One of my favorite quotes from the chef, Roger Dufau, is "Expecting the cake to change without first changing the recipe is impossible." This book is only 168 pages long and at times could be a little repetitive, but it is packed with experiences and wisdom that people can relate to and incorporate in their own search for love and spiritual fulfillment. This book isn't going to magically fix every problem, but hopefully it will inspire the reader to commit to the hard work it takes to be introspective, correct bad patterns and ultimately heal old wounds.

  3. A Spiritual Fable 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Mar 2012

    If you applaud books on spirituality which are fun and light, yet profound, you may appreciate this book. If you believe that conversing about God shouldn't be heavy and pious, the French chef in this book would agree with you.

    We all need to find our medium or passion in life as a means to experience joy, discern our purpose and contribute meaningfully to others. The author of this book, James Twyman, stumbled upon Chef Roger Dufau who uses food and cooking as a medium to teach spiritual and life lessons to reach and comfort people. It's Biblically-based as Chef Dufau notes as Jesus used the Last Supper to teach his disciples. Jesus's admonition to feed the hungry is equally paired with his admonitions to heal the sick and comfort the grieving.

    When a romantic weekend went awry for Twyman at Chef Dufau's Bed & Breakfast outside Toronto, Chef Dufau's sensitivity intuits Twyman can use some care. Twyman's talks and meals with the Chef compel Twyman to examine his life history, motivations and MO in dealing with others. The author is candid with readers about his flaws and vulnerabilities. We can identify with and learn through his exchanges with Chef Dufau. They even travel to Paris for a luxurious master class with French Chef Alain Dutournier who, at the very least, teaches them about the power of generosity.

    A favorite lesson in the book was the lesson of the garlic; sometimes we have to be smashed open like garlic to get at our essence or heart. Haven't we all experienced our orderly life getting smashed to bits which causes us to get humble and quit trying to control or manipulate outcomes? (I've been smashing my garlic ever since reading this, instead of slicing it. It's messier, but more pungent as the chef teaches.) Are we willing to let our lives get messy to learn more about our purpose, or find and follow a new direction?

    Another favorite cooking lesson is doing more with fewer ingredients. We often think more in life is more. But as in cooking, the truly great recipes sometimes use fewer core ingredients so you can taste their essence. As in life--what do we need and have that really matters? What is essential for our growth and happiness?

    This is a light, whimsical book with deep undercurrents. It may cause you to reflect upon your own life. More books on spirituality which don't preach at you, or make you feel guilty, but teach joyously and creatively as this one does are welcome. As Jesus did with his parables--what a delightful way to learn! This reminds me of a spiritual fable of sorts. Readers who like to read about love, God and French cooking will enjoy this spiritual triangle. Upon finishing this book you may want to make reservations at Chef Dufau's B & B for another course. I did.

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