Welcome to a dinner party in heaven. With a charming blend of imagination and historical detail, the bestselling author of 365 Saints invites you to get to know the saints in food and fellowship. Hinting at one of the traditional images of heaven, the Banquet or Marriage Feast of the Lamb (Revelation 9:9), the author gathers sixteen holy souls, enabling you to better understand what they were like on earth. Combining fictional narrative, fascinating biographies, and mouth-watering dinner party recipes, the book offers a resource for families and other groups to celebrate saints spanning the history of the Church, and to better understand the “people behind the halos.” Recipes by classically-trained avid home cook, Celia Murphy.
About the Author
Woodeene Koenig-Bricker is a journalist who has written extensively about spirituality and family for magazines most major Catholic publications including Our Sunday Visitor and others. She is a former editor of Catholic Parent magazine and author of several books including 365 Mary, 365 Saints, and Asking God for the Gifts He Wants to Give You.
“Charming, inspirational, educational, and tasty, this is a lovely book that reminds us that the saints were real people, who worked, slept, prayed, read and ate. Being holy means being yourself, and part of our shared humanity is enjoying a well-cooked meal. I learned a lot about the saints from this book, and also am eager to try some of these recipes!” —James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints and Learning to Pray
“Here’s an offering that is both factually delightful and delightfully true to the facts. This author has done her homework, bringing into real life stories of a whole panoply of saints, revealing their idiosyncrasies and describing the cultures in which these holy men and women practiced their vocations with holy partying and praying.” —Luci Shaw, poet, author of The Generosity; Writer in Residence, Regent College
“I never had so much fun reading about saints as I did when I enjoyed Dinner Party with the Saints. Woodeene Koenig-Bricker has created a unique book about sixteen holy men and women, who gather in heaven for a potluck banquet. I laughed at their amusing interactions as they awaited the arrival of the surprise guests of honor. Woodeene tells the saints’ lives, includes fascinating factoids about the saints and their times, and provides carefully crafted recipes for each saint’s dish—some of which I’m eager to try. Playing off the title from a previous bestseller, she could have called it Love, Pray, and Eat!” —Bert Ghezzi, author of Saints at Heart
"We get to know people around the dinner table. Jesus did that. When He met people of all different backgrounds, they eventually were fed by His words and actions. He nourished their souls. They became saints because they accepted the Invitation, 'blessed are those called to the Supper of the Lamb!' I'm grateful that many others are coming to understand the 'theology of food,' which I've been writing and preaching about for years. And I'm especially grateful that this book will help us to get to know Saints at their favorite pulpit: the dinner table!" —Fr. Leo E. Patalinghug, IVDei, Founder of the International Food and Faith movement, PlatingGrace.Com