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Food at Monasteries
« on: July 14, 2003, 04:14:16 PM »
Trying to make my lifestyle as simple as possible, I want to make more simple food than what I usually have during the week.  The thought occurred to me that I don't have to reinvent the wheel, just look into what monks eat.  Since I've only had meals at one monastery(I stayed a week at St. Tikhon's but since I stayed in the student dorm I didn't eat with the monks) and that was a potluck, I don't have a very good idea of the daily diet of monastics.  I'm sure it varies somewhat, but it seems to me to be a lot of porridges, soups, and breads.  

If anyone would care to share their knowledge, I'd be grateful!
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Re:Food at Monasteries
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2003, 04:32:38 PM »
There is a series of cookbooks from (if I remember correctly) a Benedictine monastery in France. They are very glossy but the recipes are their own and aren't just festal dishes. I can give you more info on these at home-- we have at least one of them.

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Re:Food at Monasteries
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2003, 10:06:16 AM »
Keble, if you have the address where one can order that cookbook it would be most helpful.

Other input is also desired from our other pilgrims.  Thanks!
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Re:Food at Monasteries
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2003, 11:49:41 AM »
The 12 mos of Monastery Soups is a good book !  I don't recall how traditional it is, I'll try to check when I get home.

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Re:Food at Monasteries
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2003, 01:17:13 PM »
While I was on Mt Athos during the Pascha season, I ate a lot of feta cheese and olives and drank a lot of wine. Lot's of bread, fresh fruits, vegatable and potatos dishes, salads, and a whole fish (breaded and fried - head and tail included) every now and then.
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Re:Food at Monasteries
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2003, 12:18:16 AM »
Sounds like pretty good fare for the monks on Athos.  Yet another reason for a pilgrimage. :)
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Re:Food at Monasteries
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2003, 07:41:27 AM »
The book I was thinking of is From a Monastery Kitchen, and it's by the same author as the "12 months of soups" book, as you can see here.

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Re:Food at Monasteries
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2003, 10:23:33 PM »
The author is a resident monk at Our Lady of the Resurrection Monastery, a monastery that lives under the rules of St. Benedict and is located near Millbrook, New York.

He also states:

Many of these recipies have been created and "re-created" in the kitchen of the monastery.  

Though he does not explicitly state that they are served in the monastery, he does go on to state:

These recipies have nourished, comforted, and satisfied many throughout the years ...  

perhaps speaking of his brothers at the monastery.

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