When You Fast--: Recipes for Lenten Seasons

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Saint Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2005 - Cooking - 256 pages
This balanced and helpful book was born out of the author's nearly decade-long quest to attain a rule of fasting for her family in accordance with the traditional Orthodox Christian discipline. Her goal was not only abstention from meat during Lenten seasons, but also abstention from dairy products, and from oils on the strictest of fast days. The resultant 200 recipes provide a variety of easy, nourishing, and appealing meals. Sprinkled among the recipes are sayings from the Mothers and Fathers of the early Church regarding how the body and soul are affected by eating habits--pithy illuminations to accompany the recipes. Also includes commentary from two Orthodox priests on the underlying principles and effects of fasting.--From publisher description.

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This book provides many different fasting meals and I've only tried one that I really didn't like (Vegetable Melange). Many of our favourite fasting recipes come from here, from Green Bean and Tomato Pasta to Salmon Cakes, Tuna Pie to Chickpea and Cous Cous Salad (this one is delicious). The difficulty of each recipe varies, but it is a book we come back to again and again, through Lent, Nativity, and regular fasting days throughout the year. I've given this away as gifts, and it has been well received. 

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