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10 Authentic Catholic Cookbooks & Recipe Books

The celebrations surrounding holidays become an integral part of Catholic tradition. In particular, each Christian country has its own traditional dishes that are processed according to recipes that have been passed down for generations.

Sometimes, you’ll find the whole meal is customary and the little details also have symbolic meaning. In our list of 10 Catholic cookbooks from culinary experts below, we hope that you will find many recipes that will delight you as well as your family members.

The Vatican Christmas Cookbook

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“Beautiful photography great Christmas stories and wonderful holiday recipes.”- Richard j. Antonello

“The Vatican Christmas Cookbook” introduces the rich history and legends of Christmas at the Vatican and around the world. In addition, inspirational stories about the popes at Christmas, the First Christmas, and the Three Wise Men will be found here.

The author provides more than 70 delicious recipes that can be considered one of the useful references for holidays and displayed on the coffee table for everyone to enjoy. All great food will be surrounded by magnificent art and photography.

About the author: David Geisser and Tom Kelly are the authors of this cookbook. This book is their first collaboration, showing the traditional Catholic cuisine quintessence of the authors that you can approach to produce mouthwatering meals.

Feast Day Cookbook; The Traditional Catholic Feast Day Dishes of Many Lands

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“Came on time in perfect condition! Very Interesting and fun cookbook for my entire family. It teaches us about the cooking history of our faith!”- Marie Lambert

In this book, the author introduces the special and traditional Catholic holiday dishes of many lands. You will find a variety of recipes for celebrations such as Christmas, Easter, New Year, or even special dishes for “Maundy Thursday,” “Mothering Sunday,” “Lamas Day.”

Besides, you will almost understand more about the origins of many famous dishes. In particular, the author also provides detailed step-by-step instructions for restoring the wonderful traditional customs of the dishes.

About the author: Katherine Burton and Helmut Ripperger are writers with extensive experience in processing traditional Catholic dishes. This is the first book where two authors recorded all the recipes and cooking techniques to share with everyone.

The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet

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“I loved this book. It gave me new insight into the holiness of preparing and serving food whether for my family, friends or even by myself.”- Gumby

“The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet” is a collection of recipes and information on Catholic cuisine collected by the author for many years. The book allows you to enjoy unique and attractive Catholic meals.

This will be a gift from the author to everybody around the world who are looking for delicious, authentic food, and those who love traditional Catholic cooking.

About the author: Emily Stimpson Chapman is a freelance Catholic author and writer living in Steubenville, Ohio. Besides, she contributed to the Our Sunday Visitor with several articles appearing on theNational Catholic Register, First Things, Catholic Digest, and elsewhere. The author regularly shares about food on her blog, The Catholic Table.

The Catholic Cook Book (Cookbook): Traditional Feast and Fast Day Recipes

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“This is the most in-depth and comprehensive book of its kind I have found.”- Danger

“The Catholic Cook Book (Cookbook): Traditional Feast and Fast Day Recipes” is considered a great classic cookbook. It offers you a selection of recipes with fascinating information about the origins of meals during holidays and holy feasts.

The author will reveal tips for mastering sweets and snacks and traditional liturgical meals/church years and seasons. The four indexes for recipes are listed alphabetically, by food group, by country of origin, and even by season. This cookbook is definitely a great resource to have in your kitchen.

About the author: William I. Kaufman is the culinary writer of many interesting culinary books. The books published by the author always receive positive reviews from customers. Here are some other William’s books.

  • The “I Love Peanut Butter” Cookbook
  • The Art of Creole Cookery: A Delicious Composite of Familiar and Not-So-Familiar Creole Recipes Documented with Pertinent Historical Comments
  • Coffee Party – International Party Series
  • The Art Of Creole Cookery

The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day

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“The author writes in a very easy to read, approachable format. It’s physically a short and small book, making it easy to travel. Great book.”- Alison

This comprehensive cookbook introduces the brief history of each ritual and clarifies the meaning behind them. You will learn how to make Advent wreaths, Jesse trees, King’s cakes, All Souls altars, St. Lucy’s crowns, traditional food, and much more.

Throughout this book, you will feel the sophistication of the author’s description and expression in each dish. The Catholic Home will be an indispensable guide for Catholics to inspire cherished traditions handed down from generation to generation.

About the author: Meredith Gould, Ph.D. is the author of many interesting books, including Deliberate Acts of Kindness: Service as a Spiritual Practice. The author currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Cooking With the Saints

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“This book is beautiful to look at, with biographical information about a saint before a recipe from his or her country.”- Michele

The author will bring you a collection of unique delicious dishes that can stimulate your senses, awaken a great love for your cuisine.

The book will also include brief biographies of saints and dishes associated with the Church’s liturgical services.

Here, your family will receive a triple complement: body, mind, and spirit. With the help of Cooking with the Saints, you’ll bring your family culinary joy and spiritual richness throughout the year.

About the author: Alexandra Greeley is a professional chef, writer, culinary editor, and author of 35 unique cookbooks.

She lives in Northern Virginia, where she cooks, eats, dreams about food from other cultures, and writes about food from all angles and all cultures.

Fernando Flores is famous for being a world traveler, author and passionate about all things food and faith, each of these delicious recipes tested at home.

The Vatican Cookbook: Presented by the Pontifical Swiss Guard

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“What a beautiful book! The photography is superb! The recipes are not only divine but they are simply delicious.”- MaryAnn

This wonderful cookbook is accompanied by many beautiful photos that take you on your journey to explore the secret and special locations of Vatican City.

You will feel like you are walking in the sacred halls of St. Peter’s Church, the Vatican Museum, and the Sistine Chapel.

Besides, tales and legends about the Swiss Guard handed down from Michelangelo’s time will also be reproduced in detail.

For big fans of food, this book will be an indispensable resource for creating meals with family and friends, and for all those who are fascinated by miracles and the grandeur of the Vatican, Swiss Guard.

About the author: This cookbook was led by talented chef David Geisser. The book was first released in Switzerland in late 2014.

It has been rated spectacular, the first Vatican cookbook in 2000 years in the media worldwide.

Who’s Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make A Roux? (Book 1): A Cajun / Creole Family Album Cookbook

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“This is a book of absolute Cajun perfection. All the stories were really great and some of the recipes in very simple to.”-Cilla gentry

The 160-page book includes more than 200 Cajun and Creole recipes, along with beautiful illustrations and interesting stories about the author’s childhood in the southern Louisiana country of Cajun.

You will be instructed to make the following recipes:

  • Pain Perdu
  • Couche Couche
  • Chicken Fricassee Stuffed Mirliton
  • Shrimp Stew
  • Grill
  • Red Bean & Rice
  • Shrimp Creole
  • Bouillabaisse
  • Pralines

About the author: Marcelle Bienvenu, born in St. Petersburg Martinville, Louisiana, is the author of numerous cookbooks and food writers. She is also known as a researcher and consultant for Time-Life Books.

Bienvenu owns and operates the Chez Marcelle restaurant near Lafayette, La.

After graduating from Southwest Louisiana University, she lived with her husband at Bayou Teche in St. Petersburg. Martinville, La.

A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family & Faith throughout the Christian Year

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“I absolutely love this book. It has so many new and refreshing ideas for hospitality and family life. This is a treasure!”-Wells

This cookbook is full of fabulous recipes drawn from all over the Christian tradition, with hints about when and why to serve them.

The author reveals more than 275 recipes to celebrate all holidays of the year. Many great illustrations are also included making everything in the book more engaging.

The author not only provides you with a diverse list of recipes but also reveals useful tips if you want to lose weight for a good physique and healthy body.

This wonderful book will provide you with insight into the holidays as well as enrich your daily cooking menu.

About the author: lEvelyn (Timmie) Birge Vitz is a culinary writer, a French professor at New York University, and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Comparative Literature. She lives in New York City with her husband.

The Gathering Table: Growing Strong Relationships through Food, Faith, and Hospitality

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“The Gathering Table is a treasure! Not only does it have mouth-watering recipes and gorgeous photos, but this cookbook is also so much more.”- Amy Houts

If you’re looking for something meaningful to family yourself together and bring people together, check out this cookbook.

This full-color book has the role of conveying many delicious, simple recipes and easy ideas to please everyone during your meal.

“The Gathering Table” is filled with beautiful photographs with inspirational writing.

Furthermore, the author will present a complete menu, easy-to-follow recipes, devotional readings, prayers, and many other inspirational ideas.

About the author: This cookbook was co-produced by five women from a Midwestern farming family: Annie Boyd, Denise Herrick, Jenny Herrick, Molly Herrick, and Shelby Herrick.

Because everyone has unique backgrounds and preferences, this book contains a variety of ways to welcome and celebrate each season to come. 

Doris Frasier

Hi. I'm Doris! I am a foodie that has traveled to 78 countries and loves trying cuisines from different countries. I try anything related to food and share my opinions on this blog. Send me a message with any requests!
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