Saving the Family: The Transformative Power of Sharing Meals With the People You Love Crossroads Collective

Saving the Family: The Transformative Power of Sharing Meals With the People You Love

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Family meals make for happy families … when you approach them properly!

These hale and hearty pages show you how to transform your family mealtimes into joyful occasions that even teenagers will love.

From hundreds of happy families worldwide, acclaimed television chef Rev. Leo Patalinhug has gathered scores of practical tips that foster gratitude and conviviality at mealtimes. They’ll work in your home, too, strengthening the ties that bind, no matter how emotionally close or distant your family members may presently be.


Read these pages to learn how to initiate pleasant mealtime rituals, deal with difficult dinner conversations, and, more importantly, steer your loved ones through the joys and tribulations of everyday life.


With the help of Rev. Leo’s keen spiritual insights as well his many conversation starters, real-world exercises, and sublime recipes, you’ll soon find yourself nourishing your family — body, mind, and soul — one meal at a time!

 

About the Author

Born in the Philippines and raised in the Baltimore area, Fr. Leo actually developed his love for cooking while attending the seminary at the North American College in Rome. There, he became friendly with several Italian restaurant owners and would often invite them back to the student kitchen to trade cooking secrets. They would teach him about rigatoni and lasagna; he would show them how to make hamburgers and ribs. Today, he is a skilled cook who still enjoys learning how to make new dishes, and loves the process of preparing a meal, as much as he does sharing it with a table full of friends.

Fr. Leo is the host and founder of Grace Before Meals, an apostolate to strengthen families and communities around the dinner table. He is a priest ordained for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, serving as a sacramental and pastoral minister on a part-time basis.

His unique background as a former martial arts championship title holder and choreographer for an award winning break-dancing group has provided him unique experiences and insights that has caught the attention and acclamation of diverse audiences, including PBS, ABC, CBS and even the Food Network, in which Fr. Leo defeated a world famous chef in the surprise cooking competition show, "Throw Down! with Bobby Flay."

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We are located in Lafayette's Oil Center at 1416 S. College Rd. Lafayette, LA 70503, across from Ochsner Lafayette General and in the same shopping center as Hub City Diner. 

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Returns for refund or exchange of unused, full priced and non-seasonal items are accepted within 30 days of purchase with original packaging and receipt. Items bought as a Christmas gift can be returned through January 15th.

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