Monday, June 18, 2018

Our Newlywed Kitchen by Laura Schupp - Book Review

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From the publisher: Imagine giving the special bride you know a gorgeous keepsake book. One that includes timeless wisdom for the heart of your home—the kitchen—with space for you and others to insert recipes, prayers, Scripture, and memories. Our Newlywed Kitchen offers Christians a unique wedding gift for brides. It includes practical how-to information for wedding registry, kitchen organization, meal preparations, party planning, grocery shopping, and more. This gift will be immediately treasured by a new bride, who will refer to it for years.

Our Newlywed Kitchen by Laura Schupp is very much a gift book. I think this would be a great wedding shower gift idea, or even something to give a couple (particularly the bride) upon their engagement. And while it might work as a wedding present, it does have several sections that are designed to be used prior to the wedding.

As far as content goes, Our Newlywed Kitchen is divided into two sections, "Before You Say I Do" and After Your Nuptials. Each of these sections is broken down into chapters (for a total of 13) that highlight specific aspects of creating and keeping a newlywed kitchen to last a lifetime. Chapters such as Registry Pre-shop and Kitchen Essentials Checklist include helpful guides and tips on what to include in the wedding registry. Recipe Collection, Cooking Simple, and Gathering highlight the creation of your own style and family traditions while incorporating ideas from people important to the married couple. In addition to the very practical ideas, each chapter includes quotes, advice, Bible verses, and anecdotes from Laura and her family. These add a nice touch what could just be a somewhat boring and generic book otherwise.

Our Newlywed Kitchen is a rather thick coffee-table book size. It appears very durable, and the pages or thick enough to not be easily damaged. It is a beautiful looking book, with many pictures. A variety of font styles and sizes add to the design.

Overall, I liked the idea of Our Newlywed Kitchen by Laura Schupp. I would absolutely consider this as a gift to newly engaged couples. It is helpful in a practical way, while also adding spiritual and loving advice.

I received a review copy of this book from Tyndale and Focus on the Family in exchange for an honest review.

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