Kitty Morse

Cookbook Author, Food and Travel Writer

Kitty Morse

Cookbook Author, Food and Travel Writer

A Biblical Feast: Updates and Reviews

A Biblical Feast

The second edition of my book is OUT OF PRINT!!

January 2021:

This paperback book is out of print.

To obtain the downloadable eBook or the Print on Demand book,

please go to A Biblical Feast’s page

Friday, January 20, 2012


“Please join me in welcoming author Kitty Morse for a mouth-watering peek at her new cookbook A Biblical Feast.

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My review:

A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table, by Kitty Morse, is a delightful and mouth-watering experience for the soul; a banquet for the follower of Jesus Christ.  Kitty’s unique experiences and family history bring a new twist to ancient culinary delights.  Her book is full of breathtaking photos and taste tantalizing recipes for today’s kitchens.  She fascinates her readers with Biblical history and Scriptures applicable to each food group and dish, as she presents the “how to” for the preparer. This is a cookbook that I will delight in using often and referring to others.  I highly recommend A Biblical Feast as a cooking companion you’ll utilize over and over again.

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What inspired you to write your book?
Listening to an Easter sermon during a church service held at the Anglican church in Casablanca, and realizing that the manner in which Jesus and His disciples ate resembled the dining style of the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa. Later, while perusing cookbooks in a second hand store, I came across one purporting to give recipes from biblical times. Many recipes included ingredients early Christians had no access to, such as tomatoes, potatoes, citrus, or peppers, all New World ingredients. That’s when the inspiration hit me: why not write recipes based SOLELY on the 84 foodstuffs mentioned in the Old and New Testaments.
In researching the book, I consulted with experts in biblical foods in the US and abroad. I was able to reproduce Ezekiel’s Bread, strictly from the ingredients mentioned in Ezekiel 4:9.

What kinds of reactions has the book generated thus far?

Very positive. Indeed, this is a second edition. The first, published by Ten Speed Press, sold 15,000 copies. Book clubs and Bible study groups often use it to prepare a biblical meal.
What’s the main message that you’d like readers to take away from it?
Returning to a simpler lifestyle, and to a diet based upon seasonal ingredients available locally, is the most spiritually satisfying.

What’s next for you?
I am at present putting the finishing touches on my 10tth book, Mint Tea and Minarets, a memoir of Morocco with recipes

Any final thoughts you’d like to share?

This lovely verse:
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Hebrews 13:2

How can our readers learn more about you and contact you directly?
Please post a message on my website, .  I answer my messages and I love to get feedback.

** This is a wonderful book for a gift or for your own kitchen’s cookbook collection!  I bought two copies for Christmas gifts and I have my copy displayed prominently on my kitchen counter!

January 2012

I just reviewed: ‘A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table’ by Kitty Morse
“Edible Art”. What could be lamentable about such a lovely book? The pages are not edible, which the delicious photographs by Owen Morse might lead us to believe. Beautifully laid-out from the cover to the biblical conclusion of hospitality as a means by which “some have entertained angels unawares,” (Hebrew 13:2), the book certainly lives up to its title of a biblical feast. Not only did the author Kitty Morse…
Mary Harwell Sayler
Editor at The Poetry Editor
April 1, 2011:

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as we discuss the similarities and differences between the ingredients familiar to the Ancient Hebrews, and to the Mediterranean cooks of today.


October 2010

Where to look for Jewish cookbook page-turners 
Thursday, October 7, 2010 | by faith kramer 

San Francisco’s Jewish Weekly 

“The best of the new crop of Jewish-themed cookbooks feature topics ranging from the ingredients of ancient Israel to the food eaten by Lower East Side immigrants to Jewish cooking in France, according to local booksellers and Judaica merchants. 
“It gives you a sense of this is what our ancestors ate,” said Chaim Mahgal-Friedman, co-owner of Afikomen Judaica in Berkeley. Although he could have been speaking about several books currently on the market, Maghal-Friedman was talking specifically about the new edition of Kitty Morse’s A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table. All the recipes in the book utilize ingredients thought to be used in the Jordan River Valley during biblical times. Mahgal-Friedman likes how the book has clear instructions on how to go back to basics by making your own goat cheese, unleavened breads and sourdough starter. The 96-page book is “beautifully illustrated” and easy to use, he said. . .”

To purchase a signed copy of A Biblical Feast use the “Buy Button” at the bottom of the page. 

This sweet testimonial came from Linda R., from Louisiana.

“I wanted to write you a note of thanks to tell you how very much I love my book, A Biblical Feast . . . am referring to it as I teach a group of ladies at my church . . . and I had wanted to spark some new interest and enthusiasm. Thanks to your book, I have been able to teach them about the foods of the Bible with confidence. They are loving the subject and I look forward to class each week. Thanks again for your hard work. You truly have blessed my life.” 

Thank you, Linda! Readers like you make all the hard work worthwhile!

A Biblical Feast:

Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table

  Second edition.  Updated with all new color food photography

Originally published as A Biblical Feast: Foods from the Holy Land for Today (Ten Speed Press)

$15.95 paper with flaps (see ordering information below)

Postage, media mail in the US: $3

6”x8”. 108 pages. Index, Biblical Menus.

ISBN 13: 978-0-615-27635-9

Perfect binding

22 full color food photographs plus specially commissioned illustrations

A land of wheat, and barley, and vines,

and fig trees, and pomegranates;

a land of oil olive and honey.


Herb-coated goat cheese, pungent garlic and leeks, succulent lamb, fresh sardines, tender fava beans, honey sweet dates, crunchy pistachios and almonds…Although we usually think of the ancient Hebrews and early Christians eating only “manna from heaven” and the oft quoted “loaves and fishes,” the Bible tells us that a cornucopia of delicious foods sustained the inhabitants of the Jordan River Valley. Many ingredients like lentils, leeks, garlic, almonds, figs, olives, wine, barley, and honey remain staples of the contemporary Mediterranean kitchen, yet we know little about their rich legacy.

            A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table is inspired by the 84 primary foodstuffs mentioned in Scriptures. The appropriate Biblical verse heads each of the almost fifty kitchen-tested recipes, as does the explanation of the ingredients’ culinary, historical and spiritual links. Twenty-two full color photographs and specially commissioned illustrations make it easy to reproduce the dishes. Sample menus provide new ways to celebrate every occasion, whether secular or religious.

Mainly, A Biblical Feast: Ancient Mediterranean Flavors for Today’s Table demonstrates that the people of the Holy Land were simple folk who ate uncomplicated yet wholesome food that up to now has never gone out of style.  

 Salads and Dips:

Cumin-Laced Garbanzo Bean Spread

Sesame-Almond-Nigella Mix (Dukkah)

Lentil Salad with Watercress and Goat Cheese

Leeks with Olive Oil, Vinegar, and Mustard Seed

         Main meals

Jacob’s Pottage of Lentils

Barley, Mustard Greens, and Mint

Saffroned Millet with Raisins and Walnuts

        Breads and Desserts

Ezekiel’s Bread made with AUTHENTIC ingredients such as pulse flour, natural yeast, and biblical “fitches” (small seeds)

Dried Fruit, and Red Wine Compote (Harosset)

Abigail’s Fig Cakes

Herb-Coated Yogurt Cheese 


(for reviews of the second edition see Kitty in the Media page)

A Biblical Feast: Foods from the Holy Land for Today

(Ten Speed Press, 1998)

A Biblical Feast is more than a standard how-to book. Part history lesson, part cookbook, it weaves together stories from the Bible with exhaustive definitions, explanations and directions not only on how to cook, but also how to understand the food people ate. A Biblical Feast reminds us that the Bible is not just a holy text. It is also an ethno-historical text that gives modern readers a window onto the past. Austin Chronicle

A crossover book like no other, A Biblical Feast is a fascinating blend of food, history, and traditional recipes updated for today’s kitchen. Author Kitty Morse has researched the original Mediterranean diet—foods that appear in the Bible and were eaten by Christ and the people of the time . . . this is a visual feast that will nourish the spirit as well as the body . . . recommended for teachers and for those who might use its information in family activities. Dana Jacobi, book reviewer, 

A Biblical Feast is a feast for the eyes, for culinary historians, for the diner, and for the cook. Kitty Morse knows her Bible, her history, and her territory. Born in Casablanca, the author has eaten the foods of the lands whence she derives the recipes; and they ring of authenticity. These are easy to cook . . .  Culinary Historians of New York

POSTAGE: The USD3 dollar shipping fee that appears in the PAYPAL shopping cart applies to a single book mailed in the US only. For multiple books, or for INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, please contact Kitty at [email protected], to request correct postage before paying. Thank you.

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  1. I am so excited about the new edition. The response is extremely positive, especially to the quality and the DELICIOUS food photography. I hope to place the book in museums, church gift shops, and other specialty stores around the country.

    Those of you living in the San Diego area will find it at Upstart Crow, a lovely bookstore in Seaport Village, close to downtown; the World’s Fare gift store in Vista, in the North County; at the historic Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, as well as at Peace be with You in Oceanside.

    I will be happy to send out signed copies anytime!

    All the best,


  2. The book is now available in these selected stores:

    World’s Fare, Vista (CA)
    Jazzercise, Vista (CA)
    Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, Oceanside (CA)
    Mission San Antonio (CA)
    Mission Santa Barbara (CA)
    Mission Santa Ines (CA)
    University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) bookstore
    Boswell’s Books, Milwaukee (WI)
    Rancho La Puerta, Tecate (MEX)
    Le Creuset Outlet store, Carlsbad (CA)
    Peace be with You, Oceanside (CA)
    Calvary Chapel, Oceanside (CA)
    Kitchen Arts and Letters (NYC)
    Upstart Crow and Company, San Diego (CA)
    Warwick’s Books, La Jolla (CA)
    Omnivore Books, San Francisco (CA)
    The Bowers Museum, Santa Ana (CA)
    Palomar College bookstore, San Marcos, (CA)
    The Church of the Resurrection, Escondido, (CA)
    St John Fisher Online Bookstore, Jacksonville (IL)
    Susan Thomas Books, Billings (MT)

    More to come!

  3. More stores:
    Purchase A Biblical Feast before you get on the plane! Visit Baja Books, the lovely bookstore located in Terminal One at San Diego’s Lindbergh Field. You will also find it at the Le Creuset Company Store in the upscale mall, Carlsbad Company Stores, located next to Legoland in Carlsbad, CA. Le Creuset also features my book, Cooking at the Kasbah, alongside their gorgeous, cast-iron enamel tagine pots in shades of apple, aqua, and charcoal.

    More soon!

  4. STORE UPDATE/September 2010

    Southern California:

    Archangel Michael Orthodox Books, Culver City

    Book Loft, Solvang

    Bowers Museum, Santa Ana

    Chaucer’s Books, Santa Barbara

    Callaway Winery, Temecula

    Cathedral of Our Lady of Los Angeles, Los Angeles

    Church of the Resurrection, Escondido

    Earthsong Books, Del Mar

    Escondido Center for the Arts, Escondido

    Huntington Museum and Gardens, San Marino

    Jazzercise Center, Vista

    Latitude 33, Laguna Bech

    Le Creuset Outlet Store, Carlsbad

    Le Creuset Outlet Store, Gilroy

    Mathom House Books, San Clemente

    Mission San Antonio de Padua, Jolon

    Mission Santa Ines, Solvang

    Mission San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo

    Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, Oceanside

    Palomar College bookstore, San Marcos,

    Peace be with You, Oceanside

    Rancho Buena Vista Adobe, Vista

    Small World Books, Venice

    Thunderbolt Books, Santa Monica

    University of San Diego (USD) bookstore, San Diego

    Upstart Crow and Company, San Diego

    Warwick’s Books, La Jolla

    Whole Earth Acre, Vista Farmer’s Market

    Williams Books, San Pedro

    World’s Fare Gifts, Vista


    San Francisco Area:

    Afikomen Judaica, Berkeley

    Bell’s Books, Palo Alto

    Books, Inc, California St, SF

    Books Inc., Chestnut St., SF

    Books Inc., Opera Plaza, SF

    Books Inc., Palo Alto

    Books Inc., Mountain View

    Booksmith, SF

    Browser Books, SF

    Hicklebee’s, San Jose

    Omnivore Books on Food, San Francisco


    Marin County/Sonoma/Santa Rosa:

    Book Passage, Corte Madera

    Not of This World, Santa Rosa

    Readers’ Books, Sonoma

    The Depot Bookstore and Cafe, Mill Valley


    Northern California:

    Avid Reader, Sacramento

    Lyons Books, Chico

    McGregor’s Gifts, Grogg and Book Emporium, Yreka



    St John Fisher Online Bookstore, Jacksonville (IL)



    Susan Thomas Books, Billings


    New York City:

    Kitchen Arts and Letters

    St. Vartans Bookstore



    Allyson’s Kitchen, Ashland

    Jacksonville Mercantile, Jacksonville

    Terra Firma Gifts, Jacksonville



    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee bookstore

    Boswell's Books, Milwaukee



    Rancho La Puerta, Tecate, Baja California

  5. The list continues to grow with:

    A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland (CA)

    Westminster Seminary, Escondido (CA)

    Life Giving Spring Orthodox Bookstore, Glendale (CA)

  6. Did you know that A Biblical Feast is available as an eBook, downloaded on
    Please help me spread the word!

    Thank you so much,

    Keep on cooking!



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