From Publishers Weekly
Robling, a regular contributor to the radio show A Chef's Table, has assembled a beautifully designed collection of 80 recipes for foods that have faded into culinary obscurity. The author believes that "the nostalgic memories created by food are, without a doubt, the most evocative and compelling of all." Therefore, "all these foods must be saved." From simple entries like Tomato Soup and Marshmallows to comforting favorites like Parker House Rolls and Crockpot Apple Butter, many of the recipes are sure to evoke warm memories for most readers. Photographs by Mark Thomas are both enticing and affectionately kitschy. Chapter organization is somewhat illogical, however; readers searching for a homey dessert might not know whether to look in Sunday Suppers, Messy Food, or Home Before Dark. But with such an eclectic mix, that's understandable-and the exploration required to find just the right recipe is like taking a stroll back through the decades.
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Traditional recipes, handed down from generation to generation, are the basis of this American recipe book. Attractively presented in a slightly retro style, it is a celebration of American cooking at its best. Reflecting the country's diverse heritage it includes recipes such as Irish Colcannon, Korean steak on fire, Kibbeh and a whole host of Italian and Jewish influenced cooking. Each recipe is accompanied by an introduction to its background, adding a personal touch to this collection of homely, tasty dishes: brownies and pies, soups and stews, bread and icecreams, drinks and even dog biscuits! Charmingly and amusingly written by author Lari Robling and attractively illustrated with both photographs and drawings throughout, it is an all-American treasure trove of culinary ideas and information. A charming compote of comfort cooking, this is for all lovers of home-baking with an American twist. - Lucy Watson