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Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Cookbook Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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About the Author
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I think it's fair to say that, thanks to my mother, I became profi cient at cooking over the years. Good thing, tooin high school, the cooking part of Home Economics was all that got me a passing grade. I'm a terrible seamstress, so my ability to cook saved me from a certain F. (Who knew there were so many incorrect ways to sew in a zipper?) In the days before the many cookbooks now availablecookbooks for every conceivable type of cuisine and diet and specialtyrecipes were often preserved on index cards. My mom had several small green boxes stuffed with them. And after her death I found a notebook in which my grandmother had written down recipes and cooking hints she felt her daughter (my mom) should have when she left home. I savored every word and learned cooking hints I still use. For instance, I discovered how to gauge when bean soup has simmered long enough to reach its maximum fl avor. According to my grandma, Helen Zimmerman, you can tell by the aroma. As a thrifty and inventive cook, she also had lots of suggestions for substitutes and alternative ingredients, and different spices to try in particular recipes.
Like my mother, I've collected recipes all my lifeand yes, I have the same small green recipe boxes crammed with carefully handwritten notes that date back to my grade-school days.
Years ago, I chose some of those recipes and created my own envelope-size recipe booklets as a thank-you gift to my loyal readers at Christmas. In return, readers sent me their own favorite recipes. This was my fi rst venture into cookbook publishingbut not my last!
You may have noticed that meals play an important role in all my stories. This is certainly true of earlier series like "Midnight Sons" and "Heart of Texas," as well as the Blossom Street books. But cooking and preparing meals, and sharing them with family and friends, is perhaps most signifi cant in my Cedar Cove series.
If you've read any of these stories, you'll recognize Charlotte Jefferson Rhodes. She's known and loved by just about everyone in town. Not only that, her reputation as a superlative cook is well-deserved.
In this book, Charlotte's going to take you on a tour of the kitchens and dining rooms of Cedar Cove. She'll share her best recipes, including those she was given by members of her family and her many friends. She's also going to fi ll you in on what's been happening with the people in townher daughter, Olivia Griffin, her granddaughter, Justine Gunderson, Zach and Rosie Cox and Grace Harding, to name a few.
Like Charlotte, I believe that food is central to the important relationships in our lives. Serving a meal is probably the ultimate expression of hospitality and friendship, and a good dinner sustains us in more than just the obvious ways. For me, for Charlotteand, in fact, for most of usthe preparation of food is associated with enjoyment, comfort, love.
While sharing food is a social activity, sharing recipes can bind us with others, toowith friends and perhaps especially with our families. It's about forming and nurturing traditions, which help us create a sense of continuity from one generation to the next.
Quite a few of the recipes I use today came from my mother and grandmotherrecipes I've passed on to my own children. Just as some of Charlotte's recipes come from her mother and were passed down to her daughter, Olivia, and now her granddaughter, Justine .
Justine, who's opened a tea room in town, has asked Charlotte for recipes and menu ideas, hoping to make her restaurant as wonderful as a visit to the fragrant kitchen she remembers from her grandmother's home. Happy to comply, Charlotte has collected her favorite recipes in this book. You might recognize some of them from scenes in the Cedar Cove stories.
Ultimately, the genesis of this cookbook is my readers' requests for these very recipes, the ones I've mentioned in the novels. My goal is always to give you a satisfying reading experiencewith something extra. I like to describe myself as a "value-added" author, and this cookbook is one way of offering you that extra value. So are Charlotte's introductions, in which she reveals her insights about the people of Cedar Cove, and her personal comments on various recipes.
Please join Charlotte and everyone in town for lots of delightful adventures in cooking and dozens of memorable meals. I hope these recipes will be as treasured in your family as they are in Charlotte's (and in mine).
It's a privilege to share my own "kitchen heritage" with youa heritage of good food and good times.
Happy reading and happy eating!
Top Customer Reviews
There is a map of Cedar Cove to show you where everyone lives and what their houses look like. There are lots of scrumptious pictures of the dishes. The pictures are so wonderful that I even made the Sugar Dusted Molasses Crinkles just because of their picture, and I don't think anyone could resist the Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies, either the picture or the final result.
The book is divided into sections and introduced by each character, who they are and their history.
For those who are familiar with the Cedar Cove characters, the sections are:
Breakfast at 16 Lighthouse Road with Olivia Griffin, Lunch at 204 Rosewood Lane with Grace Sherman Harding, Tea at 6 Rainer Drive and the Victorian Tea Room with Justine Gunderson, Appetizers at 311 Pelican Court with Zach and Rosie Cox, Dinner at 44 Cranberry Point with Bob Peggy Beldon, Dessert at 50 Harbor Street with Roy and Corrie McAfee, Easter at 15 Eagle Crest Avenue with Ben and Charlotte Rhodes, Fourth of July at 92 Pacific Boulevard and the Waterford Park with Troy Faith Davis, Thanksgiving at 74 Seaside Avenue with Bobby and Teri Polar, Christmas at 8 Sandpiper Way with Dave and Emily Fleming.
Each section has about 10 recipes. There are lots of recipes from Debbie Malcomber's books and stories; and some of her mother's and grandmother's. There are tips on many pages such as how fresh herbs last longer and how to store them correctly.
The recipes are relatively easy, a lot of them using prepared pizza dough or prepared pie dough or frozen puff pastry.
There is a conversion chart for weight to pounds and kilograms, Fahrenheit to Celsius, teaspoons/ oz to ml..Read more ›
While I am a senior and no longer cook for myself was anxious to put on my apron and give a few recipes a try. So far I have tried 4 recipes and they were very good.
Besides it was a good read.
Don't hesitate to add this to your cookbook shelf! I'm so glad I did!
This would make a great gift for any new bride or a great housewarming gift. Can't wait to make the Banana Bread recipe today.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoy Debbbie's cookbooks. Each recipe that I have tried has been good. My family loves the coconut chocolate chip cookies.Published 2 months ago by Marjorie Harper
Very nice cookbook. Especially for the people familiar with the Cedar Cove book series. Really enjoyed the personal notes with the recipes. Recipes look yummy.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Found some recipes that I am going to try. Great illustrations of the food dishes. Writings of individual Holidays that make it personable. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Proud Grandma