By Kendall Vanderslice and Ann Boyd

Kendall Vanderslice: By Bread Alone

"I think the points of failure are the points where I see God most clearly stepping in and reorienting." — Kendall Vanderslice

Baker and theologian Kendall Vanderslice chats with us about the struggles of disordered eating, the search for vocation, her experience as a single woman, and God's presence through it all as we discuss her new memoir.

Today I’m excited to share a conversation with Kendall Vanderslice, a professional baker, practical theologian, and author of By Bread Alone: A Baker’s Reflections on Hunger, Longing, and the Goodness of God.  This is Kendall’s second time on the podcast, and I was thrilled to catch up with her and dig into her new book. By Bread Alone is part memoir, part spiritual reflection, with lots of incredible stories and a handful of recipes thrown in for good measure. Kendall’s story is riveting as she shares deeply about her childhood, her struggle with disordered eating and food sensitivities, her search for her vocation, and her experience as a single woman cultivating a strong community. Kendall guides the reader gently into spiritual truths as she reflects on the presence of God through times of joy and struggle. I really enjoyed the book and was grateful for Kendall’s openness as I asked her lots of probing questions! 

So jump right in! We're so glad you're here.

You can listen on iTunes or at The Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Kendall Vanderslice is a baker and writer on the intersection of food and faith. She is a graduate of Wheaton College (BA Anthropology), Boston University (MLA Gastronomy), and Duke Divinity School (Master of Theological Studies). She writes for Christianity Today, Christ and Pop Culture, Religion News Service, and Faith & Leadership and is the author of We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God. Kendall lives in Durham, North Carolina with her big-eared beagle named Strudel. Find her on Instagram at Edible Theology Project and sign up for her monthly newsletter at


Ann is the Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast host and the interim editor for The Well. She has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1997, exploring her interests in community, spiritual formation, and writing. Ann has a BM in Music Education from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, Illinois with one husband, two spunky teenage daughters, and three snuggly cats. You’ll often find Ann baking sweet treats in the kitchen while listening to a podcast or audiobook.

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