I used to own an earlier edition of Grace Before Meals. Before I had the chance to try many of the recipes in it, I did something I almost never do: I gave it away. That's because I thought that the advice on building family life was so important and so useful, I wanted to share it with someone I felt could benefit from it.
But after I enjoyed Father Leo Patalinghug's appearance on Bobby Flay's Throwdown, I was wishing I had his book so I could try more of his recipes. And when I found out that his winning fajita recipe would be featured in the new edition of Grace Before Meals, I figured I'd wait until this edition came out before I replaced that book I gave away.
This book is worth the purchase price for the fajita recipe alone. They are seriously delicious and seriously easy to make. Best of all, they don't call for any exotic ingredients that can't be found at your regular grocery store. I've got a Post-It flag on the page for the fajita recipe, because I make it every few weeks.
But I don't consider the recipes the star of the show in this cookbook. Subtitled "Recipes & Inspiration for Family Meals & Family Life," I think that Father Leo's reflections on family life and how it can be strengthened around the dinner (and breakfast) table are really what makes this book a standout.
This would be a great gift for any family!
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