Kate Wood has unveiled her much anticipated new cookery and devotional book, “Her Daily Bread,” which consists of a year of daily reads and weekly recipes designed to nourish your body and soul.
The self-taught baker, writer and photographer has always had a fascination with food. Wood has experienced some of her most heart-filling times around the table with people she loves.
“I grew up with fond memories of family meals,” she said. “It wasn’t until later that I realized the many ways food and community nourish the deepest parts of us.”
Alabama author Kate Wood talks about her new cookbook and devotion, “Her Daily Bread” from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.
By the time Wood enrolled in college, his desire to learn more about food had increased dramatically. She decided to major in nutrition at Samford University and began to broaden her horizons by writing for the school newspaper, among other extracurricular activities.
“Studying the health benefits of food and exploring my passion for writing meant so much to me,” said Wood. “I saw how food keeps our bodies healthy and all the amazing things it can do for us. The combination of these two interests struck me as a perfect fit.
Wood also received a graduate degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“It wasn’t until later, after working as a dietitian for years, that I started my food blog,” she said.
Day after day, Wood began to write and test recipes. She also experimented with photography and different styles of writing.
“In the beginning, my website was nothing more than a creative outlet,” she said. “I had no idea my hobby would evolve the way it did. “
In February 2017, his pastry site, Wood and Spoon blog, won the prestigious Saveur Blog Award.
“Winning this award was really exciting,” she said. “This recognition, along with a lot of encouragement from my friends and family, made me jump into blogging full time. Over the next two years, I expanded the blog through relationships and partnerships with amazing brands.
Wood’s recipes from Wood and Spoon appear frequently on Alabama NewsCenter.
When things started to slow down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Wood took a step back from his blog to spend time working on his lifelong dream of becoming a published author. The idea of devotion with recipes came from recognizing how hungry she was for a deeper connection with others, herself and God. She knew there were parts of her heart that needed to be nurtured in a more meaningful way.
Kate Wood demonstrates how to make peppermint cookies from her Alabama NewsCenter “Her Daily Bread” cookbook on Vimeo.
“My faith has long been an important part of my life,” she said. “I realized that with the demands of my life as a wife, mother and wife, I also had to take care of my heart. God nourishes my heart and uses the people and circumstances in my life to grow and support me in so many unique ways, and I wanted to use devotion as a way to explore how all of these different areas of our life make life richer and tasty.
Wood wants everyone who spends time reading his book to come away encouraged in everyday life. She hopes every reader will not only engage their heart, but step into the kitchen and do something rewarding and enjoyable.
“His Daily Bread” features recipes, personal stories, memories, reflections and daily writings. It includes a day of rest with a recipe every seven days.
“You will have nourished your heart for six days, so now let’s feed your belly with something delicious,” she said. “The 52 recipes are not all baked goods, unlike my website which is very fond of desserts. You’ll get a variety of flavors I grew up with, plus recipe contributions from friends and family. This book is truly a snapshot of my cooking and my heart.
The new cookbook will debut on Tuesday, December 14 through HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
“Her Daily Bread” is available for pre-order at amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Bookshop.
Kate’s work has been featured in Southern Living, Taste of Home, Bake from Scratch, Food & Wine, Taste of the South, BuzzFeed, Martha Stewart and more.
The cookbook shares family recipes including:
- Mom’s homemade bread
- Two-bite crab cakes with lemon dill aioli
- Cornmeal and Cheddar Chicken Pie
- Simple risotto with pesto
- Red velvet cake on weekdays
- Birthday Sprinkle Pancakes
- Fluffernutter Pretzel Pie
Kate Wood lives in Selma with her husband and three children.
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