Author Vera Rossano Gaudiani Unveils a Heartwarming Tale of Faith, Food and Family in New Book

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‘Recipes for Body and Soul’ is an engaging and highly meaningful book that reveals many spiritual recipes of a woman that inspired a family from one generation to the next.

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Author Vera Rossano Gaudiani carefully weaves a fascinating and highly engaging tale of a resilient and independent WWII bride who educated herself at home in spirituality, nutrition, and theology while raising a large family. In Recipes for Body and Soul Gaudiani shares how her faith sustained her through the complexities of life and death over the past 90 years. This unique and captivating story reveals how she developed herself and enriched her family with tender faith and great homemade Italian recipes…all of which she shares in Recipes for Body and Soul.

Gaudiani, or “Meem,” as her grandchildren dubbed her, was married in World War II to a West Pointer posted to the Far East. With a baby in arms, she received a Missing in Action letter from the Air Force in 1945. She eventually welcomed her young officer husband home after his release from Japanese POW camp. Five more children and multiple moves later, she began a volunteer ministry in her parish to the sick and to children preparing for the sacraments. Her spiritual writings reflect this lay ministry.

Meem’s creative joy in the kitchen is contagious and she has taught an army of her own children and their children to cook. Inspired by the rich culinary traditions of her Italian heritage, she recognized the unique nutritional value of the Mediterranean diet long before it became chic. Her best recipes are included in this book.

Along with her culinary achievements, she focused on the essential ingredients that nourish the soul. The spiritual writings of this book were unearthed during her move from Indiana to California. These writings constitute another set of very personal recipes full of ingredients designed to produce spiritual health.

Gaudiani hopes that Recipes for Body and Soul will become a remembrance of her family’s traditions. Although she always cooks without recipes, she shares copies of her favorites.    Gaudiani is confident that readers will enjoy them with their families. She encourages readers to use the book actively, write in it, and turn corners of pages over so they can connect to great prayers and great recipes that can transform their lives into a more meaningful and nourishing journey.

This book was featured at the 2013 Book Expo America in New York City last May 30-June 1, 2013.

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About the Author
Vera Rossano Gaudiani celebrates her 90th birthday with four of her six children, thirteen grandchildren ten great grandchildren, and scores of family and friends at her bi-coastal parties. She would say that Vincent, her husband of 63 years, Elissa, Bill, and baby grandson, August, are also present in these festivities from their celestial coast. Today Vera, “Meem” to her grandchildren, still manages her own home, spends hours in vigorous prayer, in cooking, baking, and pursuing her regular gym routine three times a week. She car pools to the gym with other nonagenarians and “pays” her way in health muffins or fresh biscotti. Her family and friends by the dozens recognize in Vera a happy, optimistic woman of great character. Her faith enables her reality to open space for transcendence and anticipate her God who embraces all.

Recipes for Body and Soul* by Vera Rossano Gaudiani
Publicatyion Date: March 6, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 215 pages; 978-1-4836-0435-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 215 pages; 978-1-4836-0436-7
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-0437-4

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