With just a few ingredients and a few hours of time, your kitchen can become the perfect setting not only for a delicious meal but for experiencing the greatest blessings in life.
In Grace Before Meals: Recipes and Inspiration for Family Meals and Family Life, Father Leo Patalinghug (yes, the same Father Leo who defeated Bobby Flay on Throwdown!) helps you make family meals a way of life. Combining more than 30 simple but delicious recipes related to personal milestones, family holidays, and faith observances, along with scriptural references and short essays offering wisdom on faith, values, and family togetherness, Father Leo shows that mealtime is the perfect setting for discussing the major issues all families face. In fact, research shows that frequent family dinners can reduce many risks facing children, including drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, depression, eating disorders, and poor academic performance. These are meals that nourish body and spirit.
Father Leo Patalinghug is the driving force behind Grace Before Meals – a movement founded on the belief that shared meals strengthen relationships – as well as the star of the Grace Before Meals webisodes, a popular online video series. He often cooks diners for friends, students, and local parishioners, using these opportunities to build friendships and engage in relaxed conversations in the kitchen. In addition to his work with Grace Before Meals, Father Leo also serves on the faculty at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary and travels widely as a Catholic conference speaker.