Author of First-Ever Travel Guide to Food Made by Monks and Nuns Introduces Brand-New Way to Shop Online for Monastery Foods

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From Madeline Scherb, author of the first and only travel guide of its kind, A Taste of Heaven: A Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks And Nuns, comes HeavenGourmet.com, a brand-new way to shop online for monastery foods and gourmet gifts for cooks. HeavenGourmet.com is also home to the new all-volunteer Compassionate Consumer Guild.

Madeline Scherb, author of the first and only travel guide and paperback cookbook of its kind, A Taste of Heaven: A Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks And Nuns (Tarcher), has launched HeavenGourmet.com, a brand-new way to shop for monastery foods. Every purchase helps support the abbeys.

"Food made by monks and nuns is made with love," says Scherb. "That's why monasteries make some of the best jams, chocolates, cheeses, beers and wines in the world. My book -- A Taste of Heaven -- makes it fun to cook with these ingredients, and now HeavenGourmet.com makes it easy to buy them online."

HeavenGourmet.com is a brand-new way to shop online for foods made by monks and nuns and gourmet gifts for cooks. Scherb's online store sells Mystic Monk Coffee from Mt. Carmel, Trappist Preserves from St. Joseph's Abbey, and the Trappist beer cookbook "Flavours From Orval" (for sale in America only at HeavenGourmet.com). Trappist beer glasses are also available. More products are coming soon.

HeavenGourmet.com now has four flavors of Mystic Monk Coffee: Mystic Monk Blend, Hermits' Bold Blend, Midnight Vigils Blend, and Cowboy Blend. It also carries Trappist Preserves in sweet and savory gift packs. Cooks can use the jams to make some of the tasty recipes that were donated to "A Taste of Heaven" by chefs such as Charlie Trotter and Rick Bayless in Chicago, Gray Kunz in New York, and Alain Soliveres in Paris.

Heaven Gourmet is also home to the brand-new Compassionate Consumer Guild, a group of volunteers who help abbeys with projects such as painting a guest house or planting a garden. The Guild is currently forming the first Midwest Regional Chapter and plans to lead volunteer projects at abbeys in Iowa, Oregon and France.

The first and only travel guide of its kind, A Taste of Heaven: A Guide to Food and Drink Made by Monks and Nuns (Tarcher) provides a window into the world of monasteries that make food. Suggested itineraries include The Cheese Route and A Taste of Provence (both in France), Abbey Brew Pubs (Belgium), and Upstate New York. At a little over 200 pages, the book is easy to pack and puts abbey contact information at your fingertips. It includes a Monastery Etiquette Guide for guests on retreat, directions on getting to more than a dozen abbeys, and a useful Shopping Guide for buying monastery ingredients after you leave. Top chefs donated recipes to the book, yet this is a spiritual guide as much as it is a culinary one. Monasteries welcome guests of all faiths. Readers will discover a range of retreat choices from a small informal priory in Oregon to a large formal monastery in France. Day trips are also an excellent choice.

"A monastery guest house is very affordable but the setting is something you would normally only find at a luxury hotel," says Scherb.

For more information about Heaven Gourmet and the Compassionate Consumer Guild, visit http://www.heavengourmet.com.

Madeline is a foodie and travel buff who has worked as a journalist in print, TV and radio. She is a member of CAMRA, the UK-based Campaign for Real Ale. A Taste of Heaven is her first book.

Editors Note: To interview Madeline Scherb, please contact her at info(at)heavengourmet(dot)com.

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