Pope Francis makes a mean paella, starts his day before dawn and has taught Vatican chefs to make his favourite pudding, a new book claims.
Pope Francis starts his day at 4.15am, is a dab hand at making paella and once gave a baby a dummy dipped in whisky to stop it crying, a new book has revealed.
The Jesuit Pope rises before dawn, has a shower and a shave, and then starts the day with a cup of his beloved "maté" – a caffeine-rich, tea-like beverage from his native Argentina.
He loves cooking and is used to preparing meals for himself from when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, according to a new biography by an Italian-born, Argentine journalist, Elisabetta Piqué.
"He always cooked fantastic paella for us," Angel Rossi, a Jesuit priest, told the journalist, whose book, Francis: Life and Revolution, is published this week.
The South American pontiff has managed to teach the chefs at Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where he chose to live in favour of the much grander Apostolic Apartments, how to prepare his favourite dessert – a sweet milk pudding called "dulce de leche".