Praise for Come and Eat
“I love how Bri invites us to see the world through someone else's eyes--whether we're getting on a plane to go and serve abroad or standing in our kitchens serving up dinner to our neighbors.”
—Lisa-Jo Baker, bestselling author of Never Unfriended and community manager for (in)courage
“In her book, Come and Eat, Bri shares stories and recipes--not only to nourish our bodies, but to nourish our hearts and prepare a place for deep connection. Bri is one of the most beautiful and genuine women I know. Her words will give you insights and inspiration, not only in the kitchen but around the table. This book is a recipe for cultivating deep and life-changing relationships.”
—Lisa Leonard, founder, Lisa Leonard Designs
“Funny, thought-provoking, and totally real, Bri writes in a way that makes you feel like you are sitting down in your comfiest pajamas with your oldest and dearest friend. Come and Eat inspired me in ways I never expected—I literally could not put it down. It’s a message every woman needs to hear….even (perhaps, especially) if you hate to cook!”
—Ruth Soukup, New York Times bestselling author of Living Well, Spending Less and Unstuffed
“The first thing I noticed about Bri is that she has a smile that takes over her whole body and you immediately feel welcomed into her life. Reading the pages of Come and Eat is basically that same exact feeling. In these days where everyone seems to be in such a hurry and too busy for real community and deep relationships, Bri invites us into her story of discovering the importance of fellowship found around something as simple as the dinner table. You will read the pages and be inspired to gather the people you know, and the people you have yet to really know, around your table and experience a little bit of God's kingdom right here on Earth.”
—Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and speaker
“Come and Eat is an invitation to every hungry heart who's craving faith and love with a sprinkle of holy adventure. Bri is a vibrant, welcoming hostess who serves up truth and grace in equal measures. You'll finish this book both full and longing for another helping.”
—Holley Gerth, Bestselling Author of You're Already Amazing
“Bri takes the best of life--neighbors, good food, the hope of Christ--and cooks it down into an invitation to reach for the solace of community. I’ll be holding onto Come and Eat, both for the go-to recipes and for the reminder that God’s love for me is a feast best shared with those around me.”
—Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted
“The invitation that Bri extends through Come and Eat is so equally inspiring and practical that we simply won’t see our dinner tables the same again. With honesty, insightfulness, and a call to action…Bri shows us we can make an impact right where we are, around the table.”
—Ruth Chou Simons, artist and author of GraceLaced: Discovering Timeless Truths Through Seasons of the Heart; founder of GraceLaced.com
“With every page of Come and Eat I felt as though Bri was welcoming to me to her table and we were having a fabulous meal together. Her transparency in her stories throughout this book made me feel loved and not alone in this world. This book is a breath of fresh air, breathing life into something I believe in with all my heart--sharing meals together transforms lives.”
—Jamie Ivey, host of The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast, author of If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free
“A coveted place at Bri’s table also means she has made a loving space for you in her heart. In this book, with unbound generosity, Bri shares both table and heart with all of us.”
—Joy Wilson, author of Joy the Baker’s Over Easy
About the Book
Come with your brokenness, your celebration, and your worries, but most of all come and eat.
In today’s busy and often superficial world, we all crave something deeper and truer. Maybe it’s relationships that go beyond the surface or gatherings that allow for joy and pain. Bri McKoy tells us this is within reach! All we need is a table, open hearts, and a simple invitation: come and eat.
McKoy invites us to discover how a common dining-room table can be transformed into a place where brokenness falls away to reveal peace and fellowship. Whether the table is laid with bounty or with meager offerings, whether it is surrounded by the Body of Christ or homeless, broken souls, she shows us that healing begins when we say, “Come in. I may not know you, but I know your maker. And so I offer you my heart.”
For all those who are hungry and craving more of God’s kingdom in their homes, Come and Eat offers recipes, tips, and questions to jumpstart conversation, while reminding us that fellowship in God’s love is always the most remembered, most cherished nourishment. Because when we make room for others, we make room for God, and our homes become a vibrant source of life, just as he means them to be.
Bri McKoy is a writer and home cook. She first worked with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in journalism and then at Compassion International. She currently serves as the visionary and leader for Compassion Bloggers, successor to Shaun Groves, connecting with bestselling authors and popular bloggers daily. She is the owner and writer for her blog OurSavoryLife.com, a food blog with recipes and stories from around her table.
Her recipes have been featured on Blendtec’s (known as the world’s most powerful blender) website as well as Civilized Caveman Eats (whose author has written two New York Times bestseller cookbooks). Another of her recipes was recently featured on Shape.com, which is the online home to Shape magazine, the second largest young women’s magazine. Bri is a contributor to the award-winning Compassion Blog and to GraceTable.org, a community blog about food and faith.
She currently lives in Hermosa Beach, California with her husband and dog. You can find her in the kitchen or in her neighborhood knocking on doors inviting people to her table!