Cookbook Giveaway: Cooking with the Saints


This is no ordinary cookbook. (Believe me; I have plenty of those.) In Cooking with the Saints, Alexandra Greeley and Fernando Flores have put together a road map to cooking your way through the liturgical year.

For each month of the year, at least five saints’ days are paired with a recipe from that particular saint’s country or region of origin. Each month also boasts a full Saintly Meal, with recipes for a main course, several sides, and a dessert. The Saintly Meal also comes with a handy shopping list, which makes it very easy to inventory your pantry and spice shelf before heading to the grocery store. You’ll also find a few paragraphs about the typical cuisine of that saint’s native country in this section. Each saint’s day is marked by a short biography of the saint.


A fun feature, and one I see myself using frequently, is the bonus section: Celebratory Cookies. This part of the book contains 16 cookie recipes matched up with feast days. Enjoy making these cookies with your family and sharing with friends and neighbors. Some recipes make up to 7 dozen, so you’ll have enough for a crowd!

Some recipes, such as Potato Cakes for the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, are very simple and use ingredients most families will have in the pantry. Others are more complicated, calling for items such as green papaya, Thai basil, cardamom, berbere spice, grape leaves, and tahini. You’ll find recipes for cooks at all skill levels as well.

All the recipes in this book are beautifully photographed so you know what the finished dish should look like.

Take a look at the recipe selections for the month of June:

  • Zucchini fritters (St. Justin Martyr, Palestine)
  • Syrian meatloaf (St. Ephrem the Syrian)
  • Minestrone (St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Italy) — look for this recipe here on on June 21!
  • Honey cake (St. John the Baptist, Israel)
  • Saintly meal (St. Josemaría Escrivá, Spain): Gazpacho, Paella, Crema Catalana, Strawberries with sugar and vinegar
  • Turkish Semolina Cookies (St. Terence) in the cookie section

Peek inside the book:

Get more mileage from the recipes in this book by preparing them on other special occasions: for example, my husband and son are both named Stephen, so I could serve the recipe for St. Stephen’s Day on their birthdays as well.

Enter below to win a copy of Cooking with the SaintsFor your chance to win, leave a comment answering this question: How do you celebrate the saints with your family?

Two winners in the United States will receive a copy of this cookbook.  Contest ends Tuesday, June 11 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim the prize. If prize is unclaimed, an alternate winner will be chosen.

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Copyright 2019 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.


    • Cheryl Kinjerski on

      We talk about the saints and what they have done to earn that distinction. Also how we can model our lives after them.

  1. Tara Witcofsky on

    We celebrate the saints by making fun meals and crafts for feast days. I try to do at least 2 a month.

  2. I love trying to live liturgically and my son loved playing pin the tail on the ox and having oxtail Soup “aka pot roast” for St Thomas’ feast day

  3. Ruth Hufford on

    In our family, we celebrate the saints by reading from a saint for the day book each evening after dinner.
    It’s a fun and educational way to learn about saints we’ve never heard of as well as familiar saints with more details about their lives.
    The book we are currently reading is “365 Saints” (Your daily guide to the wisdom and wonder of their lives) by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker.

  4. Maxine Nunez on

    We read about the saint and try to make a meal or dessert that reminds us of the saint we are celebrating. This cookbook looks so fun! I have an Ephrem maned after St. Ephrem the Syrian. ❤️

  5. We’re beginning to read children’s saint books and it has been so inspiring! I want to learn more of, and how to emulate, these incredible people of our past!

    • Melinda Cusack on

      Our children are named after Catholic saints, we have books about the lives of saints. We don’t do much to celebrate specific days rights now, but I love the thought of using this book!

  6. Some of the ways we celebrate the saints are by reading from a saint of the day book, and making special meals, snacks, or desserts related to the saint. And sometimes do a craft or watch a movie about the saint.

  7. Tami kiser on

    WE often try to make a dish from that Saint’s country–so I am really excited to see which saints and particular dishes that are in this cookbook.

  8. Gina Sacchetti on

    We celebrate the Saints by watching shows about them, reading stories about them, going to Mass on certain feast days, and making crafts related to that particular Saint.

  9. I try to keep up with the feast days and figure out creative ways to teach my 4 year old about the Saints with stories.

  10. Gina Sacchetti on

    We celebrate the Saints by watching shows about them, reading stories about them, going to Mass on certain feast days, and making crafts relating to specific Saints. I love cooking, so this book would be awesome for our family to further learn about the Saints.

  11. We read about the saints to our children. In a recent family vacation, I purchased a children’s book of saints. I would read the biography of the saint, but not reveal who it was. Then, my husband and children would have to guess who the saint was. It was a fun way to spend time together as a family in the car! I also try to make special treats on feast days.

  12. Kunthea Jairam on

    At breakfast, our family reads about the Saint of the day and we say a prayer to the Saint asking for his/her intersession. If we have a Holy Heroes Glory Story, My Catholic Family DVD, or a Saint For Kids recording on YouTube for the Saint we watch or listen to it as a family. Sometimes we have a craft or have a special treat to eat.

  13. In our house, we try to connect food to the saints on their feast days. We had tacos to celebrate the Mexican Martyrs, S’mores to celebrate Joan of Arc, and we are going to the candy store for some crickets to celebrate John the Baptist! The kids have a blast!

  14. We like to read about the Saints on their Feast Day – I think incorporating meals would be a wonderful addition.

  15. Cheryl Kinjerski on

    I’d love to have this cookbook, and cook along with the church calendar. Plus, let’s face it, we can always use new recipes!

  16. Elvina Rodriguez on

    We celebrate by praying novenas, crafts and meals that symbolize the specific saint. 🙂

  17. We always give a religious gift or two. We also have many books about the Saints. Thank You for this giveaway.

  18. We do a daily devotional which lists the saint celebrated that day. My daughter also gets Tiny Saints for every holiday or special occasion.

  19. Diana Bishop on

    We celebrate the saints with ice cream and cake! We do this for the feast days of the saints our kids are named after. For regular days, we find a prayer for the intercession of the the saint of the day and include it in our nightly prayers.

  20. We celebrate our patron saint days worth a special meal. When o think of it, we tie meals to special days. Would love to have a resource to do so more intentionally!

  21. SOPHIA WEBB on

    I have several monastery cookbooks, but something that would reinforce learning about the saints would be awesome! Could you enter me in the drawing, please?

  22. Julie Green on

    My youngest is in Catholic School, and he has religion class every day. He always comes home and tells me what he has learned and his favorite things about the Saints. It helps him remember the material and I learn something too!

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