It’s not surprising that a memoir by a priest and psychologist who has spent six decades in the Society of Jesus would include numerous tales of significant people and events. The memoir of Boston College graduate Walter J. Smith, S.J., however, comes with an unexpected benefit for readers: It’s also a major cookbook. In addition to his wide-ranging career as a clinician, consultant, professor, department chair, dean, chancellor, trustee, and chief executive officer, Fr. Smith is an accomplished cook who once studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. His book, Faith, Food, & Friendship: Reflections and Recipes from a Jesuit’s Abundant Life, is replete with 175 carefully crafted classic, original, or adapted recipes, all of which—from dal chawa, an Indian dish once recommended to him by Mother Teresa, to the ’21’ burger popularized by the iconic Manhattan speakeasy-turned-restaurant—in some way reflect his experiences preparing and savoring cuisine from around the world. A Boston native, Fr. Smith joined the Boston College Jesuit community in 2020, and currently teaches courses in lifespan pastoral care and counseling at the School of Theology and Ministry. Read more from BC News.
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