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Friday, February 26, 2016

Lenten cookbook suggestions from Ortho Thought readers

Thanks to everyone who shared their favorites:

My very favorite Lenten cookbook has been, The Festive Fast, a Greek meatless cookbook, with some color pictures.  It is written by Marigoula Kokkinou and Georgia Kofinas.  It's filled with wonderful recipes.  My second favorite is Food for Paradise, also a meatless  cookbook that is compiled by St. John the Russian Orthodox Church in Ipswich, Mass.  This is also an excellent cookbook that was recommended by my dear friend Ellada Nayfa, Presbytera at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Spartanburg, SC.  She said it was her favorite.  Loads of good recipes between the two books......you won't need any others!
Skip Sutherland, member of St. James Orthodox Church (OCA) in Port St. Lucie, FL

Tell them to subscribe to Vegeterian Times magazine . The recipes are very good. Also they can check out vegetariantimes.com. But  I think the print version is easier to read. With that said, they seem to have all the recipes that they print in the magazine on their website too.  Alexandra

I love the Festival of Greek Flavors Cookbook!  It has a whole Lenten Section with a variety of wonderful recipes.  The best part is that the ladies Philoptochos Society of the Denver Cathedral put this cookbook together and have received many compliments on all of the recipes.  Alexandran Hellen

Here's a new one that will be out in just a few weeks, but looks good.  http://store.ancientfaith.com/fasting-as-a-family/  I've also used the blue Lenten Cookbook, which I think everyone has. There's an apple cake in it that we really like.  Melinda Johnson  From Pres. Candace:  see link for the “blue cookbook”—also, other Lenten cookbooks, toohttp://www.stnectariospress.com/cookbooks/

Check out Presvytera Eleni Klostri’s blog, Fields of Basil, for her 40 days-40 Lenten recipes feature:

One of my favorite cookbooks is From the Monastery Kitchen.  It has Lenten recipes, some seafood recipes, and, also some cheese recipes, too.

Available at The Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration

                    321 Monastery Lane, Ellwood City, PA 16117



Presvytera Vasiliki Constantine 

My favorite book is The Festive Fast and my favorite website is The Greek Vegan. Blessings, Sophia in CA

The Festive Fast  Venus in AK

When You Fast: recipes for Lenten seasons by Catherine Mandell (published by SVS Press)

Embracing Lent through prayer, worship, recipes (Published by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Lexington, MA - not sure if it's for sale online or anymore at all.)  In Christ, Tatyana

My favorite Lenten cookbook is The Cuisine of the Holy Mountain Athos, by The Monk Epiphanios of Mylopotamos.  With love in Christ, Elaine

One of my favorites is - Taste & See II, More American Orthodox Cooking.  It is a collection of Recipes by the Women of St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro TN.  http://www.stelizabethtn.org  Eva

Some cookbooks from my collection where you can find Lenten recipes too: 

Teshome Berhe: ETHIOPIAN 
A table avec la Reine de Saba
Dining with the Queen of Sheba
ISBN 978-99944-995-0-2

Archimandrite Dositheos: MONASTIC
Greek Monastery Cookery
ISBN: 960-8360-36-6

Dawn Elaine& Selwa Anthony: LEBANESE
The Lebanese Cookbook
ISBN: 1-89825 921 6

Merab Beradze GEORGIAN
Georgian dishes
ISBN: 978-9941-0-3865-5

With love in Christ, Iraiida in Helsinki

On-line:  Jamie Oliver
Top five vegan recipes:  http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/features/top-five-vegan-recipes/#VtvtdFiwZCPhABmq.97
111 vegan recipes from Jamie Oliver: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/category/special-diets/vegan/#FLMZupPdwM75GTtu.97
An Invitation to Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey
Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey
The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Cookin’ Southern Vegetarian Style by Ann Jackson  (haven’t used it yet, but the recipes look pretty good)

Do a search on Amazon.com for vegan cookbooks and you’ll come up with plenty of options.  Searching for vegan recipe sites on-line will also yield a treasure-trove of possibilities. 
Your sister in Faith, Presbytera Candace


  1. The Cuisine of Holy Mt. ATHOS by Elder Epiphanios. My favorite by far.

  2. The Cuisine of Holy Mt. ATHOS by Elder Epiphanios. My favorite by far.