Peace Meals

A compilation of the very best of thousands of recipes submitted and tested by League members and Tea Room patron members.

Peace Meals: A Book of Recipes for Cooking and Connecting goes beyond this incredible collection of recipes to highlight the joy in making connections with family and friends over food. Peace Meals includes recipes — some elaborate, some simple — for celebrating the flavor of life. 

Dena Prasher, who served as Cookbook Chairman from 2007 2009, explains, “Peace Meals is about switching our mindset from saving time to making time, because it is the special people and small moments that make the big memories.” In addition to the tried-and-true recipes, Peace Meals includes inspiring entertaining ideas and menus that reflect today’s lifestyles. The book is full of beautiful color photographs of featured recipes and entertaining scenarios.

Peace Meals is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017 2018. Released in September 2008, Peace Meals is the League's fourth cookbook and was the organization's first cookbook in over 10 years.

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Tabasco® Community Cookbook Awards 2008
Southwest Regional Winner

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year 2008
Finalist in Cooking Category

Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2008
Winner Best Easy Recipes Book for the USA

Independent Publisher Book Awards 2009
Gold Winner for Cookbooks

Art Directors Club of Houston 2008
Gold Peace Meals Cookbook

Silver A Little Peace
Bronze Peace Meals Dust Jacket 

Independent Book Publishers Association's Benjamin Franklin Awards 2009
Finalist Cover Design-Large Format

American Institute of Graphic Arts Annual Design Competition
One of the 50 Best Designed Books of 2007 A Little Peace

The Eric Hoffer Award 2009
Honorable Mention in Home Category


The National Best Books 2008 Awards
Finalist in the Cookbooks Regional Category

National Indie Excellence Awards 2009
Finalist Regional Cookbook
Finalist Cookbook
Finalist Interior Book Design


“An essential part of a good life comes from creating great
memories from small moments together at the table.  
Peace Meals, apart from being a wonderful cookbook,
is a catalyst for recalling memorable times past as well
as planning for those yet to be!”  

Alex Brennan Martin                                 
Brennan’s of Houston,
Houston, Texas


“A delicious balance to our vibrant but piecemeal lifestyles, Peace Meals serves up a fresh connection between community
and food.” 

Monica Pope
Houston, Texas


“A gorgeous must-read cookbook representing a complex
tapestry of cuisine.” 


Tony Vallone
Houston, Texas

“Thumbing through these pages of wonderful photographs
and enticing recipes, you get a rich sense of the meaning
of cooking and connecting. This book will inspire you to
cook and gather with family and friends to celebrate life.”  


Robert Del Grande
Café Annie and Partner
The Grove, Houston, Texas


“As any Italian will tell you, we come from a culture built
upon family with many moments and memories centered
around the family table. The importance and warmth of these
treasured times is reflected beautifully in Peace Meals, a
wonderful collection of recipes that brought me back to my
roots. Buon

Efisio Farris
Chef and Owner
Arcodoro and Pomodoro
Houston and Dallas, Texas