A few years ago a friend was working on writing a book. Her husband asked at the time that I not mention the topic of the book since it was still in the research phase. I really didn't know the topic of research so for fun I told him that I was sending out the following information whenever people asked me about the book (which no one ever did).
Title: Covenantal Bacon: Rethinking the Culinary Consequences of the New Covenant
Genre: Cookbook with theological analysis
Publisher's comments: The first book of its kind: a cookbook filled with recipes all revolving around bacon and insightful theological analysis accompanying every recipe. Sure to spark debate and heat up ovens with the wonders of bacon. A special appendix entitled "Carnitas in the Eschatological Kingdom" is sure to cause controversy as the author argues: (1) Yes, there will be animals in the eternal state and (2) we will eat them! Mrs. L-- offers a fresh metaphysical perspective as to how God's people can enjoy animal flesh without causing pain and suffering. She also offers a few pork-centered recipes she believes will be served in the eternal state so you can get a little "taste of heaven" now!
On my hit television show "Hell's Kitchen" I come off like a foul talking a--hole. But after reading L--'s Covenantal Bacon I was almost persuaded to become a Christian! Her joyous prose dances across the page with happy clarity and her recipes are simply amazing. Who would have thought that bacon and raspberries could be wrapped in a tortilla and then deep fried. And then to read the insightful commentary on this recipe and to see L-- discuss the perichoretic implications of such a dish--WOW! If you only buy one cookbook this year make sure it's one of mine--but if you're able to get one after that be sure to pick up Covenantal Bacon.
--Gordon Ramsey (celebrity chef and star of "Hell's Kitchen")
I'm a theologian and not a cook although I have been accused of "cooking up" some strange exegetical dishes in my writings. Mrs. L--'s Covenantal Bacon is thoroughly researched and elegantly written. I especially liked the recipe called "Promised Land Snack"--a sandwich of peanut butter, bacon, and cilantro. Mrs. L-- did not fail to bring out the typological implications of this morsel in her commentary on this recipe--"Cilantro as a typological representation of Eden"--absolutely brilliant! I have found all sorts of off-the-wall stuff in Scripture but Mrs. L--'s culinary exegesis "takes the cake" (or should I say, "brings home the bacon?!"). Three cheers for Covenantal Bacon!
--James Jordan (author of Pig Out? 25 Reasons Why Christians May Eat Pork)