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 2018. Released in September 2008, Peace Meals is the League’s fourth cookbook and was the organization’s first cookbook in over 10 years.

Peace Meals Underwriters


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
Owner, 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
Chef, Houston, Texas

“A gorgeous must-read cookbook representing a complex tapestry of cuisine.”
Tony Vallone
Tony’s, 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
Chef, 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 Appetito!”
Efisio Farris
Chef and Owner,  Arcodoro and Pomodoro, Houston and Dallas, Texas