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From the Pope’s
Table to Yours

Pontifical Swiss Guard presents … a book like no other. From the elite protectors of the Popes and Defenders of the Faith for more than 500 years, a unique collection of exceptional recipes from simple to sublime, everyday staples to holiday feasts. Here are the classics served at Vatican tables for centuries and the best of modern Roman cuisine.

Best of all, we pay tribute to Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI and Holy Pope John Paul II with their personal favorite dishes from their homelands of Argentina, Bavaria and Poland.

Pope Francis

A marvelous cookbook and so much more, The Vatican Cookbook features superb photographs that take us behind the scenes to secret and special places of Vatican City. Walk the hallowed halls of St. Peter’s, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy the stories and legends of the Swiss Guard handed down since the days of Michelangelo.

For all who love to cook and share meals with family and friends, and for all who are fascinated by the wonders and grandeur of the Vatican, the Swiss guard is pleased to offer you … The Vatican Cookbook.

Pontifical Swiss Guard Presents - The Vatican Cookbook


The Vatican Cookbook

Click on The Vatican Cookbook cover for a “Look Inside” preview.

“A wonderful book … Any home would be graced by a copy of Pontifical Swiss Guard presents The Vatican Cookbook. It is my hope this book will help people come together to share the goodness of the Lord.”
Cardinal Sean O'MalleyCardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM, Cap., Archbishop of Boston
“Has there ever been a cookbook with favorite dishes of Popes and Saints, wrapped in the majesty of the Vatican?  Well, there is now. Wow!”
Michael SymonMichael Symon, The Chew, Iron Chef
“Fabulous recipes, great stories and an absolutely gorgeous book! I keep moving it from the coffee table to the kitchen.”
Patricia HeatonPatricia Heaton, The Middle, Patricia Heaton Parties (Food Network)
“Congratulations on a beautiful masterpiece!”
Andreas WidmerProfessor Andreas Widmer, Author, “The Pope and the CEO”
Pontifical Swiss Guard Presents - The Vatican Cookbook

Acclaimed by major media outlets worldwide as “magnificent”
“a beautiful masterpiece,” and “nothing short of divine.”

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“The only thing cooler than actually enjoying a meal with Pope Francis is making one of personal favorite dishes at home — and with the upcoming Vatican Cookbook, you can do just that.”
People MagazinePeople Magazine
“Holy Ravioli! Cookbook reveals the Vatican’s favorite recipes … hard not be enchanted.”
“Pope Francis once said he wished he could spend a day as an ordinary person and go get a pizza without being recognized. After reading the new The Vatican Cookbook though, you may wish you could spend a day as Pope Francis to enjoy the delicacies gracing his dinner table.”
Huffington PostHuffington Post
“It’s going to be a big year for cookbooks, with anticipated releases coming from giants like Anthony Bourdain and Marcella Hazan. And we’ve just learned of an upcoming cookbook that focuses on a different sort of icon: the Pope. The Vatican Cookbook, written by the Swiss Guard…”
Food & Wine MagazineFood & Wine Magazine
“Want to eat like a pope? A cookbook featuring dishes eaten at the Vatican is set to be released in the U.S.on April 5th. In The Vatican Cookbook, readers learn that Pope Francis is fond of Argentine dishes, Pope Benedict is partial to Bavarian sausage salad and Pope John Paul II enjoyed Polish pierogi…”
Yahoo NewsYahoo News
“This one-of-a-kind book features over a hundred full-color photographs, beautiful behind-the-scenes shots of daily life at the Vatican and more, making this gorgeous cookbook nothing short of divine.”
Book DepositoryBook Depository
“Now you can eat like His Holiness without taking a trip to Rome, because The Vatican Cookbook will be available on April 5, and includes 500 years of classic recipes, papal tributes, and exclusive art and images of life at The Vatican.”
“The coolest Pope ever is getting his own cookbook! The Vatican Cookbook by the Swiss Guard includes directions for meals from “everyday staples to holiday feasts” and “classics served at Vatican tables for centuries.”
Inquisitive EaterInquisitive Eater
“Now you can eat like His Holiness without taking a trip to Rome, because the Vatican has released The Pontifical Swiss Guard presents The Vatican Cookbook, originally published in 2014, but will be released for the first time in English on April 5, 2016 in the U.S. and Canada.”
The Daily MealThe Daily Meal
“In addition to shedding light on the types of meals eaten by the Swiss Guard – elite soldiers who protect the pope and the Vatican – co-author David Geisser dishes on the favorite dishes of the last three popes.”
House & LeisureHouse & Leisure
“A cookbook would not be complete without full-color and glossy images, and Vatican photographer Katarzyna Artymiak delivers with larger-than-life, mouth-watering photos.”
National Catholic ReporterNational Catholic Reporter
“The Pontifical Swiss Guard presents … a book like no other … The Vatican Cookbook.”
Sunrise MarianSunrise Marian
“Marking the first Vatican cookbook in 2,000 years, this effort led by chef David Geisser has received quick critical acclaim.”
Flavorful WorldFlavorful World
“While he’s beloved around the world, the true life of Pope Francis remains enigma to most. But now some of that mystique is slightly unveiling — thanks to a cookbook issued by the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Slated for an April release, The Vatican Cookbook will be published in English by Sophia Institute Press and includes some of the Pope’s favorite dishes.”

Most Intense Worldwide Media Coverage
for Any 2016 Cookbook!

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Most Intense Worldwide Media Coverage for Any 2016 Cookbook!

Pope Francis

The American edition of The Vatican Cookbook includes a 20-page supplement dedicated to Pope Francis with pictures, portraits and stories of the People’s Pope since his ascendance to the Chair of St. Peter in 2013.

Pope Francis Montage

David Geisser – The Swiss Guard Chef

David Geisser

Swiss Guard chef, David Geisser, is the lead contributing author and the driving culinary force for The Vatican Cookbook. Known as “The Prodigal Chef” in Switzerland, David had his first cookbook bestseller at 18, when his high school term paper was published as Around the World in 80 Recipes. At 22, he scored a second hit with Through the Seasons, written with superstar chef, Stephan Wunderlich. With his career soaring. David set it all aside to volunteer for a tour of duty with the Swiss Guard, as his father and ancestors had done before him. Service in the Pontifical Swiss Guard has been a tradition for centuries among the finest families of Switzerland.

David heard about the project in development: a modest public relations booklet to promote the Swiss Guard and encourage enlistment among the best and brightest of young Swiss men. David suggested a cookbook format to make it more appealing to a wide audience and Guard officials quickly agreed, assigning David to lead the project. The book was enhanced with exclusive recipes, fine photographs, tributes to the Popes and legendary stories of the Guard. The first edition was hailed in worldwide media as “an instant classic” and sold out in less than 2 weeks in October, 2014. The American edition has been supplemented with special sections featuring Pope Francis and the fine art of the Vatican, and is scheduled for release in April, 2016.

David Geisser arrives in New York on April, 10, 2016 for a coast-to-coast U. S. tour as spokesman/ chef/ co-author of The Vatican Cookbook.

Pope Francis and David Geisser


David Geisser

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