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As the white smoke rose above the Vatican, on March 13, one of the first personal tidbits to emerge about Pope Francis is that he cooks for himself. At least he did in Buenos Aires. However, the new pontiff is hardly a foodie, according to National Public Radio (NPR). A feature published by La Nacion in 2009 found that austerity and humility were two of the future pope’s defining characteristics, and they seemed to extend to his eating habits. Although Argentina is famous for its hearty beef dishes , Archbishop Bergoglio kept his meals “frugal and healthy,” though he did enjoy the occasional glass of wine. Fruit, skinless chicken and salads were his favorites.


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