Continuing the tradition of the Early Christian, Byzantine and Russian Orthodox Saints. The natural genius of Early Christians, Byzantine and Russian Emperors, Architects, Theologians, Iconographers, Hymnographers, and Artisans was perfected by their life of prayer and fasting. Food for Paradise explains the benefits of this ancient Old Testament and Christian practice and offers 400 vegetarian (fasting) recipes to assist those who would like to return to their early Christian roots. Matushka Xenia Schneider, an Eastern Orthodox Christian and talented culinary artist, has collected and refined these recipes over twenty years. Food for Paradise has been recommended by physicians and nutritionists throughout North America for its depth, flexibility and good taste in preparing healthful meals. Food for Paradise includes Greek and Russian Feast Day recipes for Christmas and Pascha (Easter).