Church fund-raising cookbooks are generally compilations of recipes by the family and friends of the church-goers. But in the case of “The Bishop’s Bounty Cookbook: Food from Heaven that Tastes Divine,” the book highlights the life, accomplishments, and abundant recipes of the Bishop himself, The Most Reverend Charles Pascal Greco from the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana. I like to think that finding this old cookbook was a gift from above, since it has so many easy and delicious dishes in it, many of which are Father Greco’s authentic recipes.
Throughout the chapters, you not only get great meal ideas, but also a glimpse into one life that accomplished many things. Father Greco, born in 1894, built churches, schools, camps, and even a ninety-six foot ship for “children to play and adults to sit and relax.” The Star of the Sea took five years to complete. But, more than anything, the Bishop loved to cook and share his recipes with anyone and everyone. I chose the Chinese Barbecued Ribs because it’s so simple and savory! It makes enough to load up a platter and share, a notion that I think Father Greco would find absolutely heavenly.