From Publishers Weekly
In a world dominated by celebrity chefs and the latest and greatest recipes blogged and tweeted by foodies, Scherb takes readers on a refreshing foray along a monastic pilgrimage through Europe and the United States. The author poses the question in this cookbook/travel guide: What can the rest of us learn from the way monks and nuns live and the exceptional products they make? The exceptional products are broken down into sections including spirits, cheese, and sweets, and honor the ingredients and traditions of monastic food making over a thousand years. The 40-plus recipes vary from the simple (Savory Cheese Melt) to the unexpected (cauliflower fritters), and more involved (chocolate chestnut torte with cognac mousse; and browned sole with shrimp, and gnocchi), are culled from various restaurant chefs, magazines and Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette, a monk and cookbook author. While the recipe count is light, the book—subtly designed with small illustrations—is filled out with suggested itineraries to regional monasteries, detailed profiles of abbots and abbesses and a shopping resource. Readers will also find a guide to monastery etiquette and a suggested reading list for more on monastic life. (Oct.)
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From the Author
Hi, I'm Madeline Scherb and I write The Hungry Pilgrim blog. The Hungry Pilgrim is about a small town girl turned big city girl turned food pilgrim and author. I became a food pilgrim by accident. I was living in New York City when I felt a calling to explore the spiritual side of life. I decided to embark on a journey that would combine my love of food with my spiritual curiosity. Along the way I discovered that some of the most remote monasteries on earth make some of the most delicious foods including chocolate, cheese and beer! My journey became a book, A Taste of Heaven: A Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns. I continue to explore food and spirituality and post recipes on my blog atthehungrypilgrim.wordpress.com.