About Emily Stimpson Chapman

If you want to know about the writing I do that pays the bills, feel free to head on over to my professional site, EmilyStimpson.com. There, you’ll find my books (The Catholic TableThe American Catholic AlmanacThese Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body, and The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years). You’ll also find some Bible studies, study guides, and a whole lot of articles and essays, written over the years for the likes of Our Sunday Visitor, National Catholic Register, CatholicVote, First ThingsLay WitnessTouchstone, and more.

The official bio is there as well: school, professional highlights, etc. etc. It’s all very exciting…or not.

For the purposes of The Catholic Table, however, this what you need to know.

My very not professional old house kitchen.

My not so professional old house kitchen.

First, I’m not a professionally trained chef. Not by a long shot. The sum total of my culinary education includes a year of helping run two Christian retreat centers (where, for who knows what reason, the cooking duties often fell to me and where I spent the occasional weekend cooking with professional guest chefs); countless hours poring through cookbooks (when I should have been eating instead, but wasn’t because I was trying to starve myself to death); and 15 years of non-stop entertaining (mostly because in Steubenville, Ohio, where I lived until December 2016, there wasn’t much else to do).


My somewhat more professional new stove.

Second, that whole “trying to starve myself to death” thing lasted about six years. It was not the best season in my life. Fortunately, when I was 25, I returned to the Catholic Church and discovered the Eucharist and the Theology of the Body. I’ve written about this here and here. I’ll write more about it on this blog later. For now, it suffices to say that discovering the most intimate communion I had with God was that I ate him radically changed how I saw food. So did the discovery that I imaged God not just in soul, but in body. Those two realizations have informed every moment of my life for the past 16 years. They’ll inform most of what happens on this blog as well.

Anything else you need to know? Well, I don’t do fat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, or meat-free. Unless, of course, the recipe I happen to be making is fat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, or meat-free. I believe all food is good, and anything can be eaten in moderation. Except for peanuts. Because…well…death. At least for me. If you have a similar food allergy, by all means adjust the recipes you find here accordingly! And I promise, if you come to my house for dinner, I’ll happily do likewise.

img_0708Once upon a time, my kitchen was in a big old 1915 Craftsman that I bought in 2005 and restored bit by bit. Now, it’s in a semi-functional closed in back porch in the 1890 Victorian I’m restoring with my husband, Chris. Someday soon (please, God, please), we’ll have a new one. Until then, microwaves are my friend. Still, life is good—wicked hard at times—but blessedly, beautifully good.


Four of my beautiful nieces and nephews. The fifth is slated to make his debut in March.

Four of my beautiful nieces and nephews. The fifth made his debut in March, but we don’t have a group shot yet.


14 thoughts on “About Emily Stimpson Chapman

  1. Mariette Ulrich says:

    You had me at wine. The first one. I’m sometimes rude and obnoxious, but only on my own blog. I can’t wait to dive into your writing, because we have some things in common (some happy, some sad). I look forward to learning much from you, for though I am a mom of several, I would much rather write than cook.


  2. Sharon says:

    Hi Emily, I just happened to come across your website. It spoke to my heart. Especially the wine part. I just realized I had heard of you before with your book the Catholic Guide for Single Women. I would like to invite you to take a look at WINE: Women In the New Evangelization. I think we need you connecting with this group. You can e-mail me through the site or at Sharon@CatholicVineyard.com

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  3. Linda Wolfe says:

    Hello Emily, I am Roman Catholic too. I am sitting here Sunday evening 9/6 watching you on Ewtn. Wonderful program. And enjoying your input among the other men, the catholic compass is quite interesting. I and my husband are converts to the catholic church. We feel we are home even from the first day. Nice to meet you. God bless, Linda Wolfe


  4. Sr.Estelle says:

    Hi Emily,
    I loved reading your blog.. you remind me alot of myself.. I would much rather be in the kitchen cooking then writing. I’m a 40 something Nun at The Community of Jesus, I also work at Paraclete Press Publishing, and I cook for both our Retreat facility and Guest House.. Life is GOOD. Another Sister (much wiser and a bit older) and I write a blog on a similar topic.. stop by and let us know what you think. And if you’re ever on Cape Cod, you’re welcome to come and sup at our table! God bless you and congratulations on your upcoming wedding.

    Sisters of the Community of Jesus
    Orleans, MA


  5. Mary says:

    Hi Emily,
    Thank you for strengthening us (in our faith) and encouraging us (in living whole-y lives) through the sharing of your insights and experiences.


  6. Leyden says:

    Come back already! I miss your writing! But I am super excited to hear (on Ave Maria Radio’s More2Life) that you have a The Catholic Table book coming out!! Yay!


  7. Chantal johnston says:

    Hi! Emily I’ve just received your book “finding joy where food and faith meet”,I am a typical yoyo dieter, I’m 58and still struggling with my weight, I’ve already thought about dieting with the Lord but somehow never managed it.I hope your book will help me to focus on Jesus and be guided by Him to come out of this food problem and to have a sane relationship with food and body. may I ask you to Pray especially for me. I’ll let you know how I get on!I’m Chantal, Catholic, French and living in France. Thanks


  8. Lou Labbe says:

    Saw you on EWTN March 2,2017.
    Ordered The Catholic Table on iPhone.
    Looking forward to listening to it!
    God Bless , Lou L


  9. Janet Roscigno says:

    Emily, my Catholic bookclub selected your book this month and had a great time discussing it over walnut pumpkin bread (your recipe).
    Loved so many things about the book but mostly the idea of the sacramentality of food and how we can grow in virtues with each meal. God bless you!!!


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