A Taste of Heaven Contest


tasteHeavenThis week, we are pleased to offer two lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the brand new book A Taste of Heaven:  A Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns by Madeline Scherb ($15.95; published by Tarcher Books).  We have two copies of this 218-page combination cookbook and travel book!

To enter, you must leave a comment on this post with a valid email address (which won’t be published or shared) before Midnight PST on August 29, 2009.  I’ll draw random winners and announce the winners when the contest has ended.

Here’s a brief description of A Taste of Heaven:

A Taste of Heaven, devout Catholic and journalist Madeline Scherb beautifully captures the heart and spirit of the holy work that goes into making some mouthwatering delicacies.  In this one-of-a-kind homage to the heavenly foods of America, Belgium, France, and Germany, Scherb details the history (Charlemagne was first given bloomy rind cheese by a monk); the process (the nuns at the Abbey of Saint Hildegard do everything by hand to make their lovely Riesling); and the itineraries for touring those abbeys open to the public (a dozen of which are in the United States).

Including over 30 recipes from notable chefs that incorporate these foods, A Taste of Heaven also provides information for anyone unable to travel to the monasteries themselves on buying or ordering these delectable ingredients.

Recipes include such delights as:

  • Flamiche (a Belgian version of quiche that uses Postel cheese from the Postel Abbey in Belgium)
  • Boneless Pork Loin Roast with New Skete Farms Smoked Bacon (uses bacon from New Skete Monastery in New York)
  • Brownies a la Mode with Trappistine Caramel Sauce (uses caramel from Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey, Iowa)
  • Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet (made with Pinot Noir from St. Hildegard Abbey near Rudesheim, Germany).

The 36 year-old Tarcher Books publishes books in the body-spirit-mind category. Some of its bestsellers include Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way; Piero Ferrucci’s The Power of Kindness; Levi H. Dowling’s The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ; and Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

To enter, you must leave a comment on this post with a valid email address (which won’t be published or shared) before Midnight PST on August 29, 2009.  I’ll draw random winners and announce the winners when the contest has ended.

Update: Our lucky winners are Kelly (#3) and Sharon (#41). Your prize will be sent soon.  Take a look at our other CatholicMom.com contests for more great chances to win!


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Of all the books you’ve featured I think this is the neatest one yet – Like Laurie said this will make a good Christmas gift

  2. This book sounds absolutely charming and, as a “closet” cook, captures my interest. Thanks for sharing the information about it!

  3. Barb Patterson on

    This sounds like a really interesting read! Lisa, I can’t keep up with all of the great books you recommend. Keep up the good work!

  4. Mmmmmmmm. This sounds like my kind of book! The photography looks excellent, too! Showcasing the good life of monks & nuns—ora et labora! Heavenly!

  5. Great idea for a cookbook! And you know I love cookbooks!

    I think I’ll say a prayer for this one. 🙂

    Thank you, Lisa, for bringing all these wonderful Catholic resources to our attention.

  6. How delightful! St. Benedict would very likely find joy in the good work of these holy women and men. Our family is always looking for “new” monasteries to visit during our travels. God bless you for bringing this book to us!

  7. A taste of heaven, indeed! It sounds like a wonderful alternative to all the “kid food” we seem to eat in this house. Certainly date night cuisine, no ketchup needed!

  8. Mary Catherine Williams on

    I would love to add this book to my collection. Also ti would be great to share where the tasty recipes came from 🙂

  9. This is a cookbook and travel twofer that I can’t pass up! Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

  10. Only 30 recipes?! After cooking from ’12 Months of Monastery Soups’ and ‘From a Monastery Kitchen’ cookbooks quite extensively, I can’t get enough of monastic cuisine goodness! Sign me up.

  11. I can’t wait to have one of this traditional and wonderful recipes of A Taste of Heaven!
    Monks and Nuns always have the inspiration of God, whatever they touch make you feel in heaven!

  12. I love cookbooks and this one would be heavenly compared to my others. I am ready to make and sample all the great recipes.

  13. My mom used to make a wonderful mac and cheese with the cheese from the Trappist monks in Kentucky. Good memories!

  14. Lisa Rudolph on

    This sounds too good to be true.
    My name is Lisa and I am the cook for 17 Dominican Priests and Brothers.
    I am always looking for new recipes.
    Dominicans are Itinerate preachers….they love there food and going to new places….
    This would be a wonderful addition to our kitchen…
    Thank You

  15. Lisa,
    You find the most interesting items to feature. What a find this book is. Thank you for all you do!

  16. A few years ago (15) I was given a cook book by a Jesuit Brother “Bread Secrets of the Jesuits” or something like that. Unfortunately I loaned it to my little sister and never saw it again. While the book may have gone missing many of the breads are still being made by my sons, wife and me. For our family the kitchen is the center of the home, now that our sons are grown and soon to be going out on their own I hope that they will continue to tie the traditions of our faith and our kitchen together. From the description it sounds like Madeline Scherb has read my heart and mind when she pulled this book together. I can’t wait to get my hands on “A Taste of Heaven” so that this coming year can be full of new starts, and sweet memories from our kitchen. Don’t worry this book will not be getting loaned out..


  17. Linda Steinacker on

    Thanks Lisa for such a great podcast! I am also very excited about the current giveaways! I am hoping I will be one of the lucky winners! Keep up the great work!

  18. My daughter, husband, son, and myself were just talking about Godly names for various recipes. My daughter Lauren came up with the name: God-A-Burger, Angel Food Cake, The Adam and Eve Garden Veggie delight (my husband’s contribution.)
    Have a blessed day!

  19. sounds like a very interesting book, always looking for interseting dinners to make for my family that have a good story about our faith behind them.

  20. Sounds like a great cookbook. I love to collect cookbooks of all kinds. Catholic cookbooks are especially interesting!

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