Evangelist: ‘New book dishes on food and faith’

December 7, 2012 | Cravings, Uncategorized

Here’s a story on my new book, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image, and God, from the latest issue of The Evangelist, newspaper of the Diocese of Albany:

By Angela Cave

When Indiana-based Ave Maria Press first suggested Mary DeTurris Poust write a book on food and spirituality, she declined, deciding she wasn’t personally moved by the theme.

She was wrong – and the result is “Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image and God.”

The publisher “patiently waited for me to realize that this was my book to write,” said Mrs. Poust, a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Albany and an author of five previous books on spirituality. “I really came to love the topic and find so much satisfaction in talking to people about it.”

It turned out that Mrs. Poust – like, she points out, many other women – had experienced her share of food-related problems, including preoccupation with dieting and lack of self-esteem. She said she’s allowed her weight to “be a dictator of my self-worth” and used food to “fill a void for something deeper.”

Mindful meals

As she researched the topic, the author interviewed Catholics and others with insecurities around eating or eating disorders, as well as those with a passion for food or cooking, knowledge of the psychology behind food or unique mealtime habits.

Continue reading HERE.


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