Sunday, April 3, 2011

Inspirational Cookbooks

    Years ago, my family received the gift of two inspirational cookbooks, Twelve Months of Monastery Soups and From A Monastery Kitchen.  We tried the recipe titled St. Patrick's Cheddar Cheese Soup from Twelve Months of Monastery Soups and fell in love!  The author, Brother Victor-Antoine D'Avila-Latourrette, uses timeless cooking techniques resulting in delicious, hearty meals.  I can imagine following one of these recipes out in my yard cooking over a fire or in a pristine gourmet kitchen.
    Many of the ingredients called for are refrigerator staples.  Simple items -carrots, onions, potatoes- made elegant with the addition of fresh herbs and a classic French method.  Other ingredients have been a launching point for our garden.  I had no idea how invaluable the leek was before these books showed me the way! 
    Brother D'Avila-Latourrette truly embraces the concept of natural living and gives us the knowledge we need to bring this lifestyle into our kitchens.


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