Amazon’s #1 New Release in Christian Popes (as opposed to all the non-Christian popes?), Dining with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Righteous Feast combines the saintly stories of Michael Foley and the delicious recipes of EWTN master chef Fr. Leo Patalinghug to provide the perfect Catholic cookbook for the entire year. Craving a breakfast treat? Join St. Benedict and learn to craft Eggs Benedict with Basil Hollandaise in March. Searching for a spicey dinner feast? Uncover the life of St. Catherine of Siena and serve up a delicious Pici Pasta with Pumpkin and Spicy Sausage during the month of April. Tempted by sweets? Honor St. Maria Goretti with Goretti Tiramisu.
Dining with the Saints follows on the heels of three pious Catholic bartender’s guides: Drinking with the Saints, Drinking with Saint Nick, and Drinking with Your Patron Saints (go to “Complete Line Up” for more information). After all that drinking, it’s good to have some food.
What People Are Saying about Dining With the Saints
“I’ve purchased multiple Catholic themed cookbooks and I found this one to be the most appealing. In comparison to… others, this one has way more recipes for the price and much more food diversity: simple breads and desserts, to soups, to full course meals that have meat and non-meat options. The inclusion of both saint days and seasonal recipes is a nice touch and the book is well put together. There is the occasional errata (St. Joseph bread’s instructions neglect to tell you to add the pinch of salt in the ingredient list, for example), but overall I am very impressed at the density of this book for the price. Not to mention, the short blurbs on the saints are a great benefit.” –J. Edmonson (on Amazon)
“I heard a year ago that Michael Foley was working on a cookbook version of drinking with the saints and have been full of anticipation since! Now that I have the book I’m impressed. Not only do we get a wonderful account on many of the great saints, some I didn’t know about, we also get an easy to understand recipe that ties into some aspect of their life! I’m looking forward to cooking many of the recipes in the book: creamy Dijon chicken, swedish meatballs with gravy, and barbeque blue cheeseburgers to name a few. I also get to learn more about the saints!” –Catholic Guy (on Amazon)
“Written by award-winning chef and priest Father Leo Patalinghug and Drinking with the Saints author Michael Foley, Dining with the Saints is humble yet sophisticated, cosmopolitan in its culinary scope, but not fussy or intimidating for non-hobbyists or those who’d rather not embark on a wild goose chase for exotic ingredients. This book is the liturgical calendar of recipes, not only including recipes for each saint’s feast day, but also recipes for the fat and meager days of the year.” –Marlo Slayback for First Things
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About Drinking with the Saints
Drinking with the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour, now in the DELUXE color edition
by Michael P. Foley
Release Date: March 15, 2022
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Regnery History
Recipe for a liturgically correct cocktail: mix Bartender’s Guide and Lives of the Saints, shake well, garnish with good cheer. Drinking with the Saints is a concoction that both sinner and saint will savor.
Michael Foley offers the faithful drinker witty and imaginative instruction on the appropriate libations for the seasons, feasts, and saints’ days of the Church year.
- A guide to beer, wine and spirits, with more than 300 cocktail recipes
- Lively sketches of scores of saints, from the popular to the obscure
- Tips on giving the perfect toast and on mixing the perfect drink
- Even includes drinks for Lent!
What People Are Saying about Drinking With the Saints
“Offering a new twist on ‘ecumenical,’ this book is certain to reunite more than a few Catholics and Shakers. A well-researched and entertaining work—only the humor and the Martinis are dry.”
—Philip Greene, cofounder of the Museum of the American Cocktail and author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion
“The amazing variety of wines, beers, liquors, and cocktails here becomes an occasion (if not an excuse) to slow one’s pace, savor a drink, and slip not into inebriation but a relaxed look at the saints. The connections Dr. Foley draws between the saints and his featured beverages may be as strained as some of the cocktails, but they are just as interesting.”
—Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Host of EWTN Live
“I must confess the sin of envy when I first heard of Mike’s excellent idea for this book.”
—Fr. Robert Johansen, Diocesan Theological Consultant, Diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan
“A brilliant way to build up the Kingdom!”
—Dorinda C. Bordlee, Vice President and Senior Counsel for the Bioethics Defense Fund
Subject: The Saints Come Marching In!
“Only minutes ago, FEDEX dropped Maestro Foley’s book at my doorstep. I glanced at it quickly, knowing it would get particularized perusal soon, but not now. HOWEVER, your precis beckoned mightily and I started to get into it. NOW. It’s a real blessing from any angle, and I love it. It packs so much wit, wisdom, history, good taste, and referential as well as reverential joy into its pages that it will forever occupy a spot in my immediate line-of-sight. (And you may most certainly quote me.) I’ll advise you before my full WCBS “Dining Diary” review runs.”
—Bob Lape, distinguished food critic and star of WCBS’ “Bob Lape’s Dining Diary,” to a Regnery representative
“If any book on the lives of the saints can pique in a general audience an interest in pursuing holiness, this is the one.”
—Samantha Schroeder, for the Conservative Book Club
“Dear Luke Matthew:
“I have just started it, but there is so much to comprehend including his vocabulary (I am actually looking up many words). I would like to know how he has ever had the time even though he might be off in the summer months to write this type of book. Not only all the research done on each saint (a complete study in itself), but I would like you to ask him if researching these recipes for drinks (some non-alcoholic) did he really have to try each one? It’s really a masterpiece. I am going to order another copy for Uncle Kevin – not only he is quite the reader, but he and Aunt Lorraine do like their wine, etc. Even the format of the book itself is outstanding. It is a great book to give to someone who would enjoy both subjects, that being studies and biographies of the saints and also a recipe guide as I mentioned for drinks that I have not only have never heard of but have never tried. Does he go to the same church you do?”
[the grandmother of Luke, one of the author’s students, after Luke gave her a copy of DWTS]
For interviews with the author and more reviews, see our Buzz page (no, not that kind of buzz).
About the Author
Michael P. Foley is the son of an Irish-German father and a French-Canadian mother, so yes, he grew up taking both Catholicism and drinking seriously. Mike eventually became a Catholic theologian, married his wonderful wife Alexandra, got a job as an Associate Professor of Patristics in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University, and had six great kids along the way. More boring details about Mike, his interests, and his other writings can be found at his website.