Feb 21 2016
NPR recently posted an interesting look at the people behind the upcoming The Vatican Cookbook: 500 Years of Classic Recipes, Papal Tributes, and Exclusive Images of Life and Art at the Vatican, which will be published in English in April. While Polish nuns apparently do most of the day-to-day cooking at the Vatican, members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard (the pope's tiny private army) are expected to step in occasionally to "make food on formal occasions or to fulfill a special request", as "these men know more about the pope's eating habits than anyone else, since they are no more than a few steps from him at all times." Apparently, Pope Francis loves empanadas, and I'm personally choosing to believe that he washes them down with those little juice boxes of wine they sell at the Vatican cafeteria.
Posted by: Julianka