Cookbooks are more than just a collection of meal-makers; they are personal stories of families and cultures told through its recipes that are passed down from one generation to the next. Take a peek at My Pope’s list of cookbooks—and see if you’d like to add them to your family’s bookshelves!
iVamos a comer! A Taste of Spain in Your Kitchen by Poveda Batch ‘95
The Poveda Batch ‘95 cookbook is a yummy collection of 80 thoroughly curated recipes from some of the country’s most celebrated chefs, food industry movers, and Poveda hermanas. From ensaladas to bebidas, tapas and postres, the book’s got your favorite dishes covered. So bust out your pots and pans and whip up Grace Park callos by Chef Margarita Fores, Chef JC de Terry’s Paella Terry, and Chef J Gamboa’s cochinillo.
From Saint Hildegard’s Kitchen: Foods of Health, Foods of Joy by Jany Fournier-Rosset
Saint Hildegard von Bingen may have lived in the 12th century, but her talents and legacy continue to amaze modern historians. She created around 200 recipes that revolved around the healing properties of food, and French author Jany Fournier-Rosset has memorialized these treasures in this marvelous cookbook.
The Vatican Cookbook by David Geisser, Erwin Niederberger, and Thomas Kelly
The Vatican Cookbook is special not only because it’s from the Vatican, but also because it was written by the Pontifical Swiss Guard—the elite protectors of Popes and defenders of the faith for centuries. This unique collection has recipes from simple everyday meals to holiday feasts. The book also pays tribute to Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, and Saint John Paul II with their personal favorite dishes from their homelands of Argentina, Bavaria, and Poland.
The Adobo Book: Traditional and Jazzed-Up Recipes by by Nancy Reyes-Lumen and Reynaldo G. Alejandro
Famous Adobo Queen Nancy Reyes-Lumen shares her 10 Commandments for cooking adobo, such as cooking it dry and crispy a la bagnet, or having the pork simmer in salt and vinegar, without any soy sauce. It’s amazing to discover how many versions there are of the humble adobo.
Cookbook Diary by the Don Bosco Press
Published by the Don Bosco Press, this cookbook does not only include Filipino recipes, but those from Italy and France as well. A cookbook-slash-diary of sorts, it has helpful tips on using herbs, nutrition, and even cooking utensils! But the Cookbook Diary doesn’t just have recipes for food for the tummy—it also includes Bible verses as food for the soul. No wonder it’s called the Filipino kitchen bible!