Kitchen Religion

New Kitchen Religion Cookbook series launched


The Hare Krishna movement is famous all over the world for the delicious meals they serve at large festivals. It is truly astonishing how the cooks are able to make so much food taste so good. As a result, the spiritual organizaton is often referred to as the “kitchen religion.”  “I made this movement successful simply by love feast*,” explained the founder, Srila Prabhupada during a room conversation at the end of his life. *Love feast: Another name for the Hare Krishna free vegetarian feast served on Sundays at ISKCON temples around the world.  “They did not come to hear Hare Krishna. They came for love feast. From very beginning, when I was in 26 2nd Avenue, every Sunday I was giving nice foodstuffs, at least 200 men….I was cooking myself. That is the beginning of our movement.” Srila Prabhupada is the inspiration behind the Food for Life project and was himself an expert at cooking delicious meals for large gatherings — and this is an important difference between Srila Prabhupada and other leaders of spiritual organizations. Srila Prabhupada always considered himself a servant of God and demonstrated his humility when establishing his new spiritual organization (ISKCON) by cooking for his students himself and then cleaning up after them!  In fact, Srila Prabhupada made it abundantly clear that eating pure food (prasadam) was an essential activity of his new movement.  “Our Hare Krsna movement is standing on three principle things: chanting, dancing, […]