Simplicity from a Monastery Kitchen: A Complete Menu Cookbook for All Occasions by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette

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  • Spanish lima beans (Habas a la Española)

    • Nancith on October 09, 2018

      If you like lima beans, this is a nice change from succotash. There's a little piquancy with the added onion & red pepper, plus the lusciousness of olive oil, & the surprise of hard boiled eggs mixed in at the end. My husband, a huge fan of limas, pronounced it good.

  • Baked tomatoes with eggs

    • mjes on May 05, 2018

      My Mother used to make baked tomatoes if the garden was plentiful. Truthfully, I preferred her choice herbs which was much more random because I grew the herbs. (Note I am not a good gardener.) But I loved turning them into a main dish with the addition of egg and cheese. I chose bucheron for my cheese which I thought went well with the tomatoes.

  • Eggplant tian (Tian d'aubergines)

    • mjes on May 05, 2018

      Yes, I am fond of monastic cookbooks so I was delighted to see that this is indexed. This is a favorite eggplant tian, verging on an eggplant Parmesan. In the spirit of using the monastery cheese, I've been very happy with a number of cheeses - Parmesan, mozarella, asiago, chevre . . .

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  • ISBN 10 0767906098
  • ISBN 13 9780767906098
  • Published Feb 01 2001
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Random House
  • Imprint Broadway Books

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As good for the body as they are for the soul - America's best-known monastery cook captures the essence of culinary and spiritual simplicity in a complete collection of recipes and menus for every meal of the day.


In our hectic, mechanized age, Brother Victor-Antoine's recipes have been welcomed by thousands of tranquillity seeking readers. As always, he draws on locally grown offerings to create a fresh range of recipes. Complemented by the influence of his French palate, each selection combines elegant flavors with natural ingredients for a satisfying yet nourishing dish.


Also including a variety of souffles, savory pancakes, crepes, pastas, a special section devoted to mushrooms, and a tempting array of more than two dozen sauces, Simplicity from a Monastery Kitchen provides a way of cooking that truly celebrates the bounty of the earth.



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