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Grace Before Meals

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Grace Before Meals is more than just a typical cookbook: it offers families recipes for building more meaningful lives. Each chapter reflects on avariety of topics related to personal milestones, family holidays and faith observances. Short essays offer practical wisdom and ideas, so parents cancreate a comfortable environment for honest communication and a real life appro ...more
Spiral-bound, 158 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Leo Watkins Films
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Kathryn
Mar 22, 2017 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written guide on how to nourish your family's bodies and souls. Father Leo has some great pointers and discussion questions to get families to open up and make a deeper emotional connection while preparing and eating a meal together. Very practical examples for how to be a domestic church and create a stability that images the love of God to the world.
Julie Davis
#70 - 2010.

Got a review copy in the mail yesterday and already can tell that this is a good book on several levels. Father Leo's focus is encouraging family participation in cooking and meals, which is something that I know has much more value than that bald statement can convey. Each short chapter is themed around a holiday or family celebration with an introduction basing it on faith, conversation starters, scripture to look up and read, and (naturally) recipes.

I have read the forward, intro,
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Sarah
Jul 20, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic, cookbooks
My husband and I attended a cooking demonstration/NFP talk by Fr. Leo, and it was fabulous! He is funny and enthusiastic, and he has a passion for his faith that is inspiring! We are blessed to have him as a priest in our Catholic Church.

His cookbook is very good. It contains menus for various holidays, feast days and other family milestones. He weaves in stories, faith teachings and fun questions that families can discuss around the dinner table. His mission is to bring families together—ever s
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Yolanda
Apr 14, 2011 Yolanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutt-nutt
Father Leo had an idea involving food and prayer, like many good concepts his peers had their doubts, although I believe that has changed for the better from the success proven. I have not seen the television series or Father Leo on a popular food show called Throwdown with Bobby Flay. I wouldn't mind looking for them sometime because I did enjoy this book. There is some scripture with the coordinating holiday/recipes, ideas to celebrate and enjoy meals as family. The recipes are not complicated ...more
Maria Francisco
Feb 01, 2011 Maria Francisco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had bought this book when it had first come out (and had given it as gifts to four friends in addition), and I will admit: even though I figured out his Fusion Fajita recipe is his variation on Bistek Tagalog, I wanted the recipe anyway—it beat the pants of Bobby Flay!!! I sat down and read the rest of it... and it's full of good stuff, great recipes, and wonderful reflections the entire family can enjoy. I cannot recommend this book enough!
Laura
Feb 01, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw that Father Leo was coming to my church to present on Grace before Meals and I got curious. I knew I wouldn't be able to attend his presentation because I had a prior commitment but I am drawn to learning new ways of worship.

I like that this is meant to bring families together. I dislike being the only Catholic (or Christian) in my family and seeing so many resources for families but virtually none for Catholics without children or single Catholics. None of this has anything to do with Gra
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Joan
Jun 25, 2010 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, nonfiction
This is not your typical book you read and return to the library or your bookshelf. It needs to be passed on to family and friends, used as a family reference, and brought out for special occasions. Reflection and recipes - what a combination. Fr. Patalinghug does a great job bring faith to everyday family events.
Lisa
Oct 18, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be a good book to get families with kids talking at holy days and special feast. Lots of discussion questions, scripture, and recipes to make together. A nice addition to a home library.
Lori
Mar 13, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this book now. I love it!
Beth Neu
Apr 05, 2012 Beth Neu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read - I like the prayers and the recipes.
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