Food and Faith: Fall Books Nourish
Both Body and Spirit
by Heidi Schlumpf
Those who consider a gourmet meal a near-religious experience will
appreciate a menu of new books serving up sustenance both actual and
In Sister Karol Jackowski's Good Cooking Habits (Ave Maria, Sept.), the
wacky nun—who claims "fun is like the eighth sacrament in my
life"—combines recipes for "the best food I've eaten in 50 years,"
along with humorous and nostalgic stories of her 38 years in religious
life. Recipes for her dad’s barbecued ribs, her famous coconut cake and
the best margaritas north of the border accompany these reflections.
"Any meal or any time you gather around the table with people you love,
to me, that's the essence of the Eucharist," said Jackowski, who admits
to using food to lure college students to meetings. She is the author
of Ten Fun Things to Do Before You Die (Hyperion, 2000) and two other
cookbooks from Ave Maria.