About Emily Stimpson Chapman

Here is my official bio:

Emily Stimpson Chapman is an award-winning Catholic writer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her books include The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food & Faith Meet (Emmaus Road, 2016); The American Catholic Almanac: The Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed America (Image, 2014), These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body (Emmaus Road, 2013), and The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years (Emmaus Road, 2012). A contributing editor to Our Sunday Visitor and Franciscan Way Magazine, her writing has also appeared in First Things, Touchstone, the National Catholic Register, Lay Witness, Catholic Digest, and elsewhere. Honored by both the Catholic Press Association and the Associated Church Press, Chapman writes regularly about faith, hospitality, and food at her blog, The Catholic Table (www.thecatholictable.com). Married in 2016, she currently lives in Pittsburgh, with her husband, Christopher.

If you want to read a backlog of my old articles on my badly maintained (like, completely ignored website for the last year), visit www.EmilyStimpson.com.

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).

Stove

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. After getting married in 2016, however, my new husband and I moved to Pittsburgh, to be closer to where he works. Now, we’re operating sans kitchen while we finish restoring a big old Victorian home in Pittsburgh, PA. It’s been crazy, but worth it…I think. All in all, 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.

 

20 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.

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  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

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  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.
    http://monasterykitchen.org/

    Sr.Estelle
    Sisters of the Community of Jesus
    Orleans, MA

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  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.

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  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!

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  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

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  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

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  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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  10. Tom Dukes says:

    Dear Ms. Chapman: I very much enjoyed your interview on EWTN last night (a rerun?) I’m not Catholic, etc., but your thoughts on faith gave me much to think about, especially on faith and food. Very best of luck with your work and faith–Sincerely yours, Tom

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  11. Bob D. says:

    I watched you share your journey, which left me with an enriched, spiritual consolation. I have a friend, a cradle catholic, yet now in his 70s, struggling with his faith & teachings of the RC church. You were so eloquent on how you realized the teachings had a strong foundation.
    Which of your books might deal with your understanding & acceptance of these teachings? He is an avid reader and I would like to gift it to him.

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    • Emily says:

      “These Beautiful Bones” probably talks the most about the Catholic worldview that I received from my reversion. “The Catholic Table” talks a bit more about my conversion. So glad you liked the show!

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  12. Richard (Rick) Geurts says:

    just watched your EWTN Journey Home segment…thank you for sharing. Your story helps me understand my journey. I am not and was not suffering from anorexia but your sharing helped me to recognize my life of sexism. The Grace of St.JP2’s Theology of the Body opened my eyes too. So glad to hear you’ve found your vocation…Linda & I have been married 40 yrs. God bless

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