As Milton Brasher-Cunnginham knows, and tells beautifully in Keeping the Feast, practice isn't a solitary business. You can't have a restaurant, or a church, alone. You need to stand the heat with other people, listen to other people weep, let other people pop fresh strawberries or little pieces of communion bread into your mouth. And doing this takes practice, too. You always need cook for people you don't know, pray for people you don't like, and eat with whoever shows up. Milton Brasher-Cunningham was born in Texas, grew up in Africa, and lived almost twenty years in the Boston area before moving to Durham, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife, Ginger, and their two Schnauzers. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, has been a high school English teacher and a professional chef.