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“I can think of no greater pastoral and societal priority than the renewal of family life.  And I can think of no better place for this renewal to take place than around the dinner table.  Father Leo is leading the charge with his wise and practical book, Grace Before Meals.”
– Father Jonathan Morris, Fox News Analyst and Author of The Promise: God's Purpose and Plan for when Life Hurts
 
“Brilliant! Grace Before Meals is a delicious invitation to celebrate family and food in ways that will nourish both the body and the soul.”
– Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life and Rediscovering Catholicism
 
“The "New Evangelization" proclaimed by Pope John Paul II takes the people of the Church into many different venues -- including, says Father Leo Patalinghug, the kitchen. And why not? The Master himself did a lot of his teaching over meals, and identified himself and his enduring love for his people with bread and wine. Catechetics-through-cooking might seem new, but it's as old as the Gospels, and in Father Leo, this ancient craft has an engaging 21st century practitioner.”
– George Weigel Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
 
“I happily endorse Grace Before Meals by Father Leo E. Patalinghug. Father Patalinghug was a student of mine at the Pontifical North American College in Rome when I was rector. How pleased I am to learn that he is now nurturing and caring for both souls and bodies, the first through sacraments and the second through good cooking. Our human family and our supernatural family – the Church – will be strengthened.”
– Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York
 
“Through his amazing ministry and this wonderful new book, Father Leo Patalinghug has cooked up the perfect recipe for a fun, faith-filled and delicious family life.  This book is packed not only with delectable meals any family can prepare, but also with thought provoking commentary to get conversations flowing around your dinner table.  You'll enjoy Father Leo's culinary treats, his spiritual inspiration, and the great wit and good cheer with which he draws friends and family closer together to celebrate life, love and great food.”
– Lisa M. Hendey, Founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms
 
Grace Before Meals is much more than a motto or book title.  It’s really a conscious life choice to value the true worth of sharing meals with family and friends.  Fr. Patalinghug has beautifully captured the essence of what eating a meal with loved ones should be – a time to reflect, to be thankful to God for all He has given us and to take some time out of a busy day to truly connect with your family.  The book is equally inspirational as it is appetizing.”
– Thomas S. Monaghan, Chancellor & Founder of Ave Maria University
 
“Patalinghug is using his role as a budding celebrity chef to preach the importance of the dinner table in family life.”
The Washington Post
 
“Father Leo Patalinghug is looking to bring families closer together and closer to God using the simplest of recipes: Stir things up and have dinner together.”
National Catholic Register
 
“Grace Before Meals is a movement. A movement to get families back to the kitchen to feed each other – physically and spiritually.”
Catholic Digest

About the Author

FATHER LEO PATALINGHUG is the driving force behind Grace Before Meals – a movement founded on the belief that shared meals strengthen relationships – as well as the star of the Grace Before Meals webisodes, a popular online video series. He often cooks diners for friends, students, and local parishioners, using these opportunities to build friendships and engage in relaxed conversations in the kitchen. In addition to his work with Grace Before Meals, Father Leo also serves on the faculty at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary and travels widely as a Catholic conference speaker.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Image; Original edition (July 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307717216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307717214
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robbie L. Macdonald on August 27, 2010
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I love this book. Not only does Father Patalinghug give the reader fantastic recipes, he flavors them with contemplation and scripture readings. Well worth the price and the recipes are delicious. Pax, Robbie
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I gave this as a Fathers' Day gift. I like the way it ties in recipes with prayers and the liturgical calendar. Only wish it included photographs of the meals.
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My husband gave me this cookbook on our wedding anniversary. I had been wanting the cookbook for several months. This cookbook is much more than a cookbook! It incorporates the importance of raising good children in our society that attacks family, and values. Father Leo is inspirational for every season of the Church year, and the importance of having meals together, as a family. If I had to chose only one cookbook to have in my kitchen, and believe me, I have SEVERAL of them....I would give all of the others away, and keep "Grace Before Meals"

I cannot wait to read any future books that Father Leo publishes. May God continue to bless him!
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My mom bought this book for me and my family and it's truly wonderful. It's a must have for all families. The recipes are amazing and the prayers are as well. Thank you Heavenly Father for giving Father Leo such a beautiful gift and enabling him to share it with the world.
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This is a really fun book, and the recipes are clearly explained and easy enough to make that even someone unfamiliar to cooking can make them. Plus, I think the meditations and information about how food relates to family, faith, and tradition are interesting and helpful. I would recommend this book to all my cooking friends!
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We saw Father Leo give a lecture at our ***gasp** Episcopal church and he was just the funniest priest I've ever heard of. He had our entire congregation in stitches. He must be a stand up comedian on the side! Anywho, this cookbook has some really great recipes. I've made a few of them and even my 2 year old ate the recipes! A couple of the recipes need to have the salt omitted because of the use of soy sauce and or adobo (hey, Father Leo if you are reading this, please omit salt in the following: Mom's Chicken Adobo w/Lemongrass)

Here are my favorite recipes thus far:

Mom's Chicken Adobo w/Lemongrass Infused Coconut Curry Sauce -this is pure heaven. You MUST serve w/some type of white asian rice. and you will drink the sauce!
My Version of Mom's Pancit
Meatballs in Creamy Vodka Sauce - even my husband (who moved here from Italy when he was 30 and is somewhat of a food snob) loved this! Serve w/yummy bread (i.e. french baguette)
Sweet Asian Slaw - have made this numerous times
Poached Salmon - I omit the dressing for this one because the sauce the salmon cooks in is delicious and the cooking time for the salmon is way too long

Actually, these are the only recipes I've made and ALL are repeats in our home
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The food that you will create is very good. The family memories will be awesome!!!!
I have ordered to give as gifts - everyone LOVES it!!!!
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With wonderful recipes, faith and ideas for family time, this cookbook is a must have for any Catholic Foodie. More than just a cookbook, Father Leo Patalinghug wants to bring families together around the dinner table together to nourish themselves with both healthy food and faith. Enjoy recipes co-mingled with scripture references and parenting tips. This edition also includes Father Leo's Fusion Fajita recipe that defeated Bobby Flay on Throwdown.Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life
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