The Supper of the Lamb

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The Supper of the Lamb
Cover of the first edition
AuthorRobert Farrar Capon
CountryUnited States
GenreFood writing
Publication date

The Supper of the Lamb is a food book by Robert Farrar Capon. It was first published in 1969, and has been republished several times. It has been included in the Modern Library Food series.

Capon was an Episcopal priest, and Lauren Winner describes this book as "part cookbook, part theological meditation – something like M. F. K. Fisher meets the desert fathers."[1] Frederick Buechner described it as transcending category: "To call The Supper of the Lamb a cookbook would be like calling Moby Dick a whaling manual."[2] Cookery author Tamar Adler describes this recipe as "...the single most sensible meat recipe I've ever read".[3]

The title is an allusion to the "marriage supper of the Lamb" depicted in the 19th chapter of the Book of Revelation, as well as a recipe for "Lamb for eight persons four times", which forms the basis for most of the book's discussions. One of the recipes is called "Lamb for Eight Persons Four Times" and takes up half of the book. It produces thirty-two servings of food from one leg of lamb.[3]

The book is not a cookbook in the strictest sense - it covers a wide variety of theological topics in between segments on cooking. A reader must read a good deal of the book in order to make the flagship recipe.


  1. ^ Winner, Lauren F. (2007). Mudhouse Sabbath: An Invitation to a Life of Spiritual Discipline. Paraclete Press. p. 22. ISBN 9781557255327.
  2. ^ Vitello, Paul (14 September 2013). "Robert F. Capon, Who Wrote of God and Food, Dies at 87". New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b Adler, Tamar (19 June 2012). An everlasting meal : cooking with economy and grace (First Scribner trade paperback ed.). New York. p. 156. ISBN 978-1-4391-8188-1. OCLC 785335536.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)