Join Jeff Smith at the Biblical table, where you will sup on ancient world recipes and learn the sacred and symbolic meaning of food in the Bible. An ordained Methodist minister and America's most beloved gourmet cook, Jeff Smith - learned, lively, and great company - makes the perfect host to these essential and timeless delicacies. 'The Frugal Gourmet Keeps the Feast' is filled with anecdotes, proverbs, and stories from the Bible and all the myriad foods eaten in Biblical times, most of which have remained staples of our table for over two thousand years. In the first section of the book Smith opens the Old and New Testaments to reveal the fascinating ways in which 'food talk' is really 'God talk' in the Bible. He also looks at the linguistic origins of such talk and sets in the context of the nomadic life-style and the religious values of ancient life. Sitting down at the table with others was the Bible's way of showing us how to make peace with each other and keep the community and God alive.