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Food for Thought

Ever wonder about the deeper meaning behind soup kitchens, communion elements, and those Jell-O salads at church potlucks? Check out Daniel Sack's funny, thoughtful analysis of "liturgical," "social," "emergency," "global," and "moral" foods in Whitebread Protestantism: Food and Religion in American Culture. * St. Martin's Press

Inspired Muckraking

Grassroots Journalism, by Eesha Williams. The book's subtitle says it all: "A practical manual for doing the kind of newswriting that doesn't just get people angry but active--that doesn't just inform, but inspires." A nuts-and-bolts guide to writing news that creates change. * Apex Press

Urban Notes

Hungry for Music: A Special Collection, Vol. I offers 20 folk, blues, jazz, and gospel songs by street musicians and other D.C.-area talent as recorded at a Hungry for Music benefit concert. Each CD sold gives HFM the funds to distribute musical instruments to and hold creativity workshops for inner-city kids in Washington, D.C. * www.hungryformusic.com

Multimedia Kings

1 & 2 Kings, by Walter Brueggemann. The Columbia Theological Seminary professor turns his insightful skills toward the book of Kings, which is part of a new Bible commentary series from Smith & Helwys. …