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: One of the best places to eat in New Jersey happens to be at a convent, of all places. Yes, the Benedictine sisters at Saint Walburga are eating in style, thanks to their very own convent cook, Maria Tisdall. Before Maria blessed them with her presence, these nuns lived on the plainest of plain foodsÃ¢ÂÂrice, potatoes, absolutely nothing fancy. But with Maria in the kitchen, theyÃ¢ÂÂve started exploring the wonders of pesto, the gastronomic possibilities of couscous, and the joys of balsamic vinegar. Maria has opened the nuns to a whole new world of cooking, in the process developing a repertoire of recipes easily adaptable to home cooks entrusted with nourishing their families. In THE CONVENT COOK, youÃ¢ÂÂll hear about the rhythm of life in a convent, be introduced to a wonderful cast of characters, and, best of all, be treated to MariaÃ¢ÂÂs sumptuous, angelic, and wholesome cooking.