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5 Catholic Cookbooks You Should Have In Your Kitchen

Feed your body, feed your soul!

Before cooking shows and food vlogs existed, cookbooks served as a guide for everyone. But, if you want to explore other food traditions or recipes that involve your favorite saints, Catholic cookbooks might fit your interest! 

Food is a daily blessing that all of us are thankful for. It has been part of every occasion, including religious activities! In fact, Catholics love to prepare dishes to celebrate feast days to honor saints and their devotions. That’s why it would be more fun to explore more recipes in Catholic cookbooks that are somehow different from the usual recipes we encounter. 

Here are 5 Catholic cookbooks that will help you whip up new dishes while immersing yourself in liturgical living. (Read: These My Pope-recommended cookbooks will inspire you to get busy in the kitchen!)

The Vatican Cookbook

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Photo from Sophia Institute Press

Enjoy the favorite dishes of popes as if you’re dining with them! The Vatican Cookbook is presented by The Pontifical Swiss Guard, David Geisser, featuring exceptional recipes from simple to sublime and everyday staples to holiday feasts. It also consists of the classic dishes served at Vatican tables from the past 500 years, including the favorite dishes of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, and Saint John Paul II from their homelands of Argentina, Bavaria, and Poland. What makes this cookbook more interesting is that you can browse brilliant photos of the food and beautiful places in the Vatican and Rome, as well as Vatican art, history, and clergy! 

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Cooking with the Saints

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Photos from Sophia Institute Press

This cookbook will bring the Catholic festivity to your home! Aside from delicious recipes, you will discover sixty biographies of saints, ideal dishes associated with liturgical feasts of the church, a comprehensive list of celebratory cookies for feast days throughout the year, exciting dishes from countries such as Ethiopia, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Korea, Scotland, France, Greece, and Sweden, a shopping list for each recipe, and much more! Cooking with the Saints is not just a simple Catholic cookbook, it will give you a joyous and faith-filled meal time too! (Read: LIST: 3 Food Items Named After Saints)

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Twelve Months of Monastery Soups

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Photos from Amazon.com and (Cream of Mushroom Soup a la Romaine) The Culinary Cellar blog

If you’re looking for easy and “soul-satisfying” soup recipes, you must add the Twelve Months of Monastery Soups to the list of your Catholic cookbooks. As the preface says, “Eat soup and eat it last, and live till a hundred years be past,” Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila Latourrette, a resident monk at Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery in New York, will make those years delightful with scrumptious soup recipes that appeal to every taste. The recipes are arranged by month based on seasonal variations, from simple and clear broths to thick and hearty soups. It also has inspirational quotes proclaiming the goodness of soup and celebrating the art of soup-making.

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The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet

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Photos from Crossroads Collective

In this cookbook, you’ll discover the theology of food through the author’s personal experience, Emily Stimpson Chapman, including the wisdom of Scripture, the saints, and church teachings. The author explains that with a sacramental worldview, the supernatural gift of God’s grace can transform and heal us through the food we make, eat, and share. So, it emphasizes the value of eating with gratitude, charity, and respect. The Catholic table cookbook also provides a “delightfully written and meaningful framework” for understanding feasting, fasting, and all the eating in between. (Read: What Foods Did the Holy Family Eat Back in the Day?)

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Around the Table with the Catholic Foodie: Middle Eastern Cuisine

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Photos from Jeff Young/Amazon.com

The founder of The Catholic Foodie blog and podcast, Jeff Young, came up with a Catholic cookbook that will take readers “along on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land for a unique and savory experience of both faith and food.” It contains 85 original recipes and the history of the different cuisines. According to the cookbook description, you may be surprised to learn that Rice Pilaf is not originally a San Francisco treat but is actually a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine. With that, the stories included in the cookbook are connected through faith experiences “you can have in the kitchen and around the table in preparing and eating meals together.” There are high-resolution and full-color images showing detailed presentations for each recipe and special notes that provide additional guidance for food preparation! 

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