Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Hidden Art Book Club: Chapter 8


Probably my favorite chapter in Edith Schaeffer's book Hidden Art, I summarize my thoughts with three quotes, four photos, and links to previous blog posts.

A (dinner) plate can be thought of at times as a kind of 'still life.'

Routinely I take pictures of my dinner plate.  Above is this year's Mother's Day Sunday Dinner of baked chicken, brown rice, steamed green beans, and a fig-chutney-stuffed sweet pepper.

Below is a main meal shrimp salad enjoyed last summer with a glass of chardonnay and a slice of french bread.

Here's a link to a 2006 post wherein I describe the dinner plate and reference Mrs. Schaeffer.

Photo collage of 2010 Fall Sunday dinner.

Food and meal-times shared have always been thought of as a closer kind of communication than simply talking to people, without eating together.

Sixteen for dinner one evening during our family reunion at Callaway - complete with tablecloth, napkins, flatware, but no centerpiece.  ;-(

This link highlights a 2007 Sunday dinner for sixteen, half in the dining room, half in the kitchen.  Georgia peaches are the centerpieces on each table.

Being challenged by what a difference her cooking and her way of serving is going to make in the family life gives a woman an opportunity to approach this with the feeling of
 painting a picture or
 writing a symphony.

Not afraid to wear an apron, I take my homemaker job seriously.

Another post from 2006 when I coached our daughters in omelette-making.

Join in the fun of book club blogging with Cindy and friends at Ordo-Amoris.


  1. I love that picture of you!! I love your pictures of meals and food. Very inspiring. They usually make me hungry.

    1. Thanks, Cindy!

      I do endure some teasing over my attention to (and photographing of) the dinner plate. When we first married, dh couldnt believe I wanted to talk about the colors and shapes of the food ~

    2. color and shape of food is an important detail in the hidden art of food! I mention it in my own (rather wordy and lengthy) post. There is so much in these chapters, but you've encapsulated the heart and message in your beautiful post this week. Thank you!

  2. I also really liked the part where she talks about the honor of a woman's role as wife and cook. She said something like, "if a woman is the cook in her home, and she's married, she should view this role as a career." I had never heard anyone say it in such a direct way before, but it's true. I'm not ashamed of my aprons either, and I often forget I'm wearing them and walk into the grocery store or bank with them on :)

  3. Ha! I often take pictures of food too...and now my 12-year-old sometimes grabs the camera to take pictures of a lovely dish!

    I used some of the same quotes that you referenced in my own post on this chapter. There are many "gems" in this chapter!

  4. Lovely plates of food. I can tell you enjoy cooking and serving food.