Oct 23, 2014

    New cookbook reveals popes' favoured dishes


    FROM an Argentinian dessert that translates as "milk candy" to Polish ravioli, a member of the Vatican's famed Swiss Guard has unveiled a range of recipes of dishes favoured by popes.

    David Geisser, 24, who joined the elite Vatican security corps a month ago, launched his cookbook Bon Appetit, Swiss Guard in Rome on Tuesday.

    It includes recipes for dishes such as the Dulche de Leche, a milk-based dessert created in Argentina a century ago, which made its way to the Vatican's tables last year with Pope Francis.

    There is also the Polish pierogi, or dumplings of unleavened dough traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, meat, cheese or fruit - a nod to the late Pope John Paul II - and Bavarian delicacies favoured by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a German.

    "A soldier can fight and wage war only when he has eaten well, and enough," said Daniel Anrig, the head of the Swiss Guards.