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Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette is resident monk at Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery near Millbrook, New York, a monastery that lives under the rule of St. Benedict. There he cooks and tends the garden that supplies both the monastery and the local farmers' market.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori (January 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764808508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764808500
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These recipes are delicious and easy to prepare.
Kit Smith
The cookbook is divided into the four seasons with recipes assigned to the season their ingrediants are most available.
M. J. Smith
Great recipes and brings welcome variety and new tastes to daily meals.
Richard Tulko

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Smith VINE VOICE on August 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
From a Monastery Kitchen is a cookbook of natural foods, "natural foods" in the sense of simple, vegetarian foods. The cookbook is divided into the four seasons with recipes assigned to the season their ingrediants are most available. Within each season, there are four sections: (1) Soups and appetizers (2) Main dishes (3) Salads and (4) Desserts. The volume is peppered with quotations, line drawings and other delightful tidbits.
To give you a flavor of the variety of recipes presented: for Autumn we have Escarole Soup, Vegetable Fritters, Saint Hubert Fish Stew, Risotto, Eggplant Omelette, Kasha Salad, Bessarian Avocado Salad, Saint Bruno's Coffee Cream, Cold Spring Rice Pudding, Quick Apple Cake. The recipes are simple to follow, simple to make, and simply wonderful to eat.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on July 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Originally published in the mid seventies as From a Monastery Kitchen: A Practical Cookbook of Vegetarian Recipes for the Four Seasons Complete from Soups to Desserts with Breads I refer here to the 2002 Liguori expanded reprint edition, with a new Introduction by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-LaTourette, Benedictine based in an abbey in upstate New York and renowned chef of good, simple and essentially vegetarian monastic food.

In his introduction, Brother Victor-Antoine writes: "Vegetables play a unique and most important role in the daily monastic fare, for all classic monastic diet throughout the ages has been predominately vegetarian, while making provisions for the inclusion of seafood and dairy products as well. Monastic gardeners make a point of cultivating extensive gardens that usually produce an adequate supply of vegetables, fruits, and herbs for daily culinary use. Vegetarian cooking, for both health and spiritual reasons, has been rediscovered and has attained wide prominence. In the cooking at monasteries, this goes a long way toward sustaining and encouraging the positive trend we see today (p. 3)."

Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila LaTourette further writes: "This is a vegetarian cookbook; no meat recipes are included, but there are fish recipes. Not all monastics are vegetarians by any means, but the Rule of Saint Benedict, which Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery follows, strongly encourages abstaining from meat. And each of us today must consider whether we want more than the least of us on the planet can have; most of our brothers and sisters do not have meat. (p.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Morgan on February 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Variety, simplicity and the lovely stories that go with many of the recipies make this book a wonderful addition as well as a wonderful gift. These soups are great by themselves, and they are also easy to modify- add a little here, a little there to make them all time favorites! I highly recommend this book for the experienced and not so experienced cook.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tevis Buckles on April 1, 2007
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I really appreciate this book! It offers easy, no-nonsense recipes, simple, on the healthy side (no meat) and tasty. I particularly enjoy the "Indian Curried Lentils" and the "Candied Sweet Potatoes with Raisins".
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MYRON SUCHANICK on March 20, 2007
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I BOUGHT THIS COOKBOOK ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO, AND HAVE ENJOYED IT SO MUCH, AND HAVE USED IT A LOT, SO I BOUGHT THIS COPY FOR MY DAUGHTER. THOSE WHO FAST/ABSTAIN FOR LENT WILL FIND IT PARTICULARLY USEFUL.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am inspired by the monks' dedication to preserving the simple way of life, and challenged to find my own solitude within these recipies. My family is excited to sample new fare, and will be blessed by the healthy benefits from vegetarian monastic cooking.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By North Star on September 26, 2005
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I really couldn't imagine what would be in this cookbook, but was delighted to find everything easy, delicious, and so healthful. The simple and seasonal recipies call for everything available to the city dweller, and are arranged by the seasons, with beautiful passages that make this cook book a joy to use.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Kiley on September 15, 2009
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Easy, simple and delicious and more often than not, the recipes do not require you to run to the store for a spice you've never heard of before. Plus the quotes and prayers are nice (and I'm not religious).
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