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The Pure Joy of Monastery Cooking: Essential Meatless Recipes for the Home Cook

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Brother Victor established a lasting place in the cookbook world with his From a Monastery Kitchen and 12 Months of Monastery Soups, which have sold 1.5 million and 2.5 million copies respectively worldwide.

The Pure Joy of Monastery Cooking takes Brother Victor’s work a step further with his first fully illustrated cookbook. The meatless recipes collected here capture the
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 4th 2010 by Countryman Press
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Meghan Casey
Mar 11, 2015 Meghan Casey rated it really liked it
Much of Victor-Antoine D'Avila-Latourrette's recipes in this and other cookbooks are inspired by or based on French cooking, so they include a lot of cream and eggs. This particular book is definitely on the "meatless" end of the vegetarian spectrum, rather than on the vegetable-centric end. I err on the side of vegan in my cooking, so many of the recipes didn't appeal to me. However, the recipes I did try were incredibly easy to replicate, tasted delicious, and yielded a lot of food (most of ...more
Lee
Jul 28, 2012 Lee rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful cookbook, featuring lots of tasty recipes (230+). And there are full colour photos to accompany each recipe...however the photos are unexpectedly not showing the completed dish! This may be frustrating for those who are not particularly adept at cooking. I would recommend this for more experienced (or adventuresome) cooks simply because one has to imagine the flavours & finished results instead of getting the idea from an image or description (Potage Condé, Tourengelle So ...more
Nini Villanova
Jun 20, 2011 Nini Villanova rated it it was amazing
This was a really interesting cook book. I really enjoyed learning a little bit about the care and feeding of Benedictine monks in upstate New York. I look forward to doing more research on this subject, but also, cooking almost every recipe in this book... and pursuing his other cookbooks :)
Nancy
Aug 25, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
5 stars for tastiness. Everything in here looks good! 3 stars for health. Its a vegetarian book, but loaded with heavy cream, eggs, and cheese. All tasty, but not particularly good for you. Lots of pretty farm/garden pictures, too.
Marilyn Clay
Feb 15, 2011 Marilyn Clay rated it it was amazing
Another beautiful book of vegetarian cooking. Brother Victor is an interesting man and clearly loves cooking.
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Looking to reduce the amount of meat in your diet? This book is full of yummy recipes!
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