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From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes Hardcover – May 10, 2012
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"100 Million Years of Food" by Stephen Le
A fascinating tour through the evolution of the human diet, and how we can improve our health by understanding our complicated history with food. Learn more
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"If you are interested in food, in families, and in genealogy, this book will inspire you to record and preserve your family's food memories and recipes for future generations." --Lisa & Sarah at A Spoonful of Sugar
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Did you ever wonder about your food heritage? Studying social history will help you understand how your ancestors lived. In this attractive hardcover book, you can learn about the foods your forebears brought with them when they immigrated to the Land of Opportunity. They brought recipes, raw ingredients, even seeds from their homelands, and these cultural heritage items blended into the American diet. Six chapters discuss this and more: food traditions by region, food throughout history, cookbooks and menus and how to find your ancestors' recipes. A second section offers a look back at historical recipes with a primer on old cooking terms which I found interesting but not new to me, the art of menu planning and proper cleaning techniques and twenty pages of historical nineteenth and early twentieth-century recipes.
The third part of the book is a journal to write down your own favorite recipes. In addition to the name of the dish, space is provided for a list of ingredients, cooking instructions and memories of the particular recipe.
The historical recipes were a bit off-putting for me. I don't plan on preparing haunch of venison, kidneys, brains, squirrels, mock mince pie (why not make the real thing?), mutton pot pie or rinktum tiddy any time soon, however, they provide historical interest.
Since the journal isn't indexed, it seems an unlikely place to look for recipes, but the book might be a lovely gift to share with a family member Even if you don't use it for its intended purpose, the old recipes and methods are interesting reading.
205 pages. Published by Family Tree Books.
Two-thirds of "From the Family Kitchen" is devoted to discussing and showcasing the evolution of American cuisine, from its early origins to post-war inventions that have shaped our food today. You'll find discussions on pioneers, how immigrants shaped American food, and how wartime rationing changed the way we cooked. Each chapter contains a fairly comprehensive bibliography.Read more ›
It was because of this experience that I chose to review Gena Philibert-Ortega's "From The Family Kitchen". In this book many things that would interest both a genealogist and a cook/baker are offered - how some of the food we currently eat came to America, why your ancestor ate certain foods, the evolution of cookbooks, how to find ancestors' recipes (not everyone is lucky enough to find an ancestor's diary) and deciphering old cooking terms are just some of those topics. The back of the book, in Part 3, offers a section where the reader can start a collection of their own favorite family recipes on a two-page per recipe section. There you can add the name of the food, ingredients, directions and your or your ancestor's memories that surround each of your recipes. There is a collection of old recipes provided in this book, as well as, a list of references for furthering your knowledge of the topics introduced in "From The Family Kitchen".
As a older genealogist (and many genealogists are of the boomer and older generations) I would suggest that increasing the font size of the text in this book would be very beneficial to the reader.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the information provided about cooking traditions in various parts of the country. The blank forms in the back are nice for collecting my own family's traditions, but... Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Patsym
To start off,let me say I loved the book.
I've often advocated using food as a touchstone in history, especially when it comes to the more feminine portion of the... Read more
A nostalgic and very interesting look into our history. I have really enjoyed this book and intend on giving all my children a copy for Christmas.Published on April 24, 2013 by C. Hawse
I'm using this book as a guide to putting together a family cookbook of recipes of my own to give my family.Published on March 17, 2013 by Sorella
Out of a 208 book only 47 pages are set aside for actually writing one's personal family recipes. The format only allows for one recipe per every two pages. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
These days it seems like there is a growing interest in understanding food history and even going back to vintage recipes. This book seems written with this interest in mind. Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Chicago Book Addict
As an avid home cook and history minor, I really enjoyed this book.
The cover is pretty and smooth, and though there are not colored pictures, the font is very... Read more
I have to admit, this book was not quite what I was looking for, but it is interesting nonetheless. I was expecting something along the lines of a scrapbook/recipe keeper book... Read morePublished on September 26, 2012 by Jodi
I have a lot of recipe books. This is a good basic book. If someone is looking for basic recipes, nothing fancy, this is the book that will give them what they need.Published on September 20, 2012 by T. Love