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Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen Valentine
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Book Description

(Cookbook/Memoir - 67k words. NOW WITH INTERACTIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS. Please note: the Kindle version of this book contains all of the text and recipes that are in the print version but does not contain all of the family photographs. Please note, this is a FAMILY cookbook with recipes contributed by many people. No guarantees are made.) In this combination memoir and family cookbook blogger and novelist Kathleen Valentine combines 30 posts from her blog with nearly 400 recipes collected from family and friends. Growing up in a "mostly Pennsylvania Dutch" family she collected and recorded recipes from grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, cousins, friends, etc. which were combined in the first Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook published in 1981.

This was expanded in the 1992 edition and now, in this third edition, nearly 400 recipes combine with essays recording memories of growing up in rural Pennsylvania and photographs from six generations. Essays topics include making sauerkraut and soltz (a German pickled meat loaf), toasting marshmallows and catching fireflies, the old-country Christmas traditions of making stollen and visits from Belsnickle, old world ghost stories, their grandmother's quilts, and more.

Traditional family recipes include schmarn, panhaas, moultasha, a variety of sausage recipes, hassenpfeffer, and liver dumplings, a wide variety of pickles and relishes, as well as keuchels (a type of fried dough), apple dumplings, and rhubarb crisps and pies. Contemporary recipes from the younger generations of the Valentine family expand the collection with everything from dips and cocktails to chowders, cakes and cookies. Among the more popular recipes first featured on Valentine's blog are three maple syrup pies, an apricot-apple crisp with maple cream, caramel peachy-pear pandowdy, a honey & white peach pie, and her own Pennsylvania Dutch hot and sour soup.

Though this collection is a memoir in food of the Valentine family it could be the story of any first, second and third generation immigrant family.

From the book: "Most Pennsylvania Dutch families evolved from immigrants who were peasants in "the Old Country". They learned, out of necessity, to use everything they could to feed their families and they devised ways of preserving those things through the long, harsh winters. Pickling, preserving, smoking, canning were necessary to get a large family through the bitterly cold winter months. As I worked on this cookbook I was continually aware of how so much of the food that was part of family tradition was also making good use of commonly available food sources that were abundant and cheap. My Gram Werner used to say that the reason pigs were so valuable was because you could use every part of them except the squeak. In the cold hill country of Pennsylvania maple trees grew in such abundance, that maple syrup was a frequently used sweetener. Cows were kept for milk, cream, butter, cheese and sour cream. When I read these recipes now some seem so rich and loaded with calories but back then people needed those rich, calorie-laden foods to see them through long days in the fields or the factories or lumbering in the forests."


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From the book: "Most Pennsylvania Dutch families evolved from immigrants who were peasants in "the Old Country". They learned, out of necessity, to use everything they could to feed their families and they devised ways of preserving those things through the long, harsh winters. Pickling, preserving, smoking, canning were necessary to get a large family through the bitterly cold winter months. As I worked on this cookbook I was continually aware of how so much of the food that was part of family tradition was also making good use of commonly available food sources that were abundant and cheap. My Gram Werner used to say that the reason pigs were so valuable was because you could use every part of them except the squeak. In the cold hill country of Pennsylvania maple trees grew in such abundance, that maple syrup was a frequently used sweetener. Cows were kept for milk, cream, butter, cheese and sour cream. When I read these recipes now some seem so rich and loaded with calories but back then people needed those rich, calorie-laden foods to see them through long days in the fields or the factories or lumbering in the forests."

About the Author

Kathleen Valentine is the author of two collections of short stories My Last Romance and other passions and love, murder, etc. as well as two novels, The Old Mermaid's Tale andEach Angel Burns. She has also written Fry Bacon, Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook - five generations of good eating, a memoir/cookbook of memories and 400 recipes from a Pennsylvania Dutch childhood, and The Mermaid Shawl & other Beauties: Shawls, Cocoons and Wraps, a collection of her own lace knitting designs. She also publishes single knitting projects in a series called Knit Your Tail Off.
She currently lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport, and is writing another novel, Depraved Heart and another knitting book, Siren Shawls, Seaman's Scarves and Stories. More information on her work is at KathleenValentine.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 762 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Parlez-Moi Press (February 14, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003980V22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,242 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars eBook version does not make a practical cookbook December 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have kept a binder full of recipes for many years. It contains tried and true family favorites, recipes that have been given to me by friends, and recipes that I someday hope to try someday. Many are accompanied by notes and comments. The Valentine Family And Friends Cookbook reminds me of my own personal recipe book. But better. Not only does it contain recipes, but it also contains charming notes and stories about the author's life and memories of growing up in a Pennsylvania Dutch family. (And family photos too, if you have the paperback. Sadly, the Kindle edition does not have the photos.)

Some of the older recipes may not please the current generation (smoked liver pudding, anyone?), and some of the more recent recipes are fairly common (for example, chili con queso or spinach dip made with vegetable soup mix). However, collections of recipes of this type are charming and you might even try a few of the recipes. But the Kindle edition is too difficult to use. There is no Table of Contents or Index which means that it is nearly impossible to easily find recipes or quickly scan through them to find one you might be interested to try. The paperback version would undoubtably be more practical.

Because of this, I am only giving the eBook version 2 stars.

(In addition, I wonder if there might be a few errors in some of the recipes. For example, I find it difficult to believe that chicken wings can be baked for 1 1/2 hours at 450 degrees without burning them to a crisp.)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I may be a little biased... August 20, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I may be slightly biased as I grew up in the Author's hometown of St. Marys, but have not lived there for over 20 years. I miss my hometown, but life has placed me well below the Mason Dixon Line - and too far from the wonderful PA Dutch food.

The Pennsylvania Dutch culture is one that can only be experienced first hand and like many cultures, it revolves around food. My parents' families were quite large and my memories of them are just as grandois. Every Sunday, after Mass, we would gather at my father's "homestead", where Gramma G would serve breakfast; the kids always prayed she had made her apple cinnamon roles, but were happy to settle for "dippy eggs", venision sausage with toasted home-made bread slathered with her Elderberry Jam. My aunts, uncles and Gramma would sit around the table drinking very strong percolated coffee (we tried to keep Aunt Sis from making it), while the children would be out back gathering apples or elderberries for Gramma to turn into wonderful treats. Besides Gramma G always had a special kid size apple pie hidden away for each of us little ones for when the adults went to their "club" meetings at the end of the meal.

The downside to this upbringing is that many, if not all of the recipes were hand me downs from the prior generation. Measurements like a pinch of salt, a handful of flour or a dabble of butter were common - an actual unit of measurement were in cookbooks (which any self respecting woman would not use - well, unless it was for the church cookbook)!. Children would learn at the stove with Mothers, Aunts and Grandmothers - but lack of attention and wonderful adventures outside pulled us away before we committed the recipes to memory.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from a master storyteller January 16, 2012
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I discovered Kathleen Valentine with The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic (like a lot of other readers) and now I'm working my way through her books. I think I have four of them on my Kindle.

If you're a cook who wants a cut and dried recipe book organized into types of dishes with an index, go to Walmart. There are a million cookbooks like that.

However, this book will appeal to you if you love memoirs, travel books, and charming newspaper columns about real people with recipes thrown into the mix. The fun of wandering through the pages and discovering the next great story is one of the best things about it. This warm, delightful book is not just about food, but charm, family history, and stories from real flesh and blood folks. Another winner from Ms. Valentine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really cool and different December 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Another winner from Kathleen Valentine(if you haven't read her books give yourself that treat!) that shows the breadth of her writing capabilities. This is a down to earth cookbook that had some really cool and different recipes. Although I downloaded this onto my Kindle, I didn't like the formatting, so it will be one that I purchase a paperback version of.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A NEAT COOKBOOK! April 16, 2010
Format:Paperback
I took this book to bed to read the charming commentaries that introduce the recipes. Each little vignette adds so much to our knowledge of the Pennsylvania Dutch culinary traditions that by now how become part of the fascinating crazy of "American cooking." The recipes I've tried have been delicious. I highly recommend this book to cooks who want to expand their repertoire of basic, homey, do-again-and again dishes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming stories mixed with lots recipes! July 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I recommended this book to someone I know, who probably grew up eating many of these dishes. The rest of us can surely find several keeper recipes we have never had before. Fat Drunk & Happy Cake sounds like a keeper for me. Plus probably up my popularity to boot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
My husband and I like it well enough
Published 6 months ago by PJ Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Old favorites with family history!
I downloaded this cookbook free from amazon.com and after reading it through wanted to have a hard copy so I could refer to the
recipes more easily. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Louise from New Hampshire
5.0 out of 5 stars Fry Bacon Add Onions
I found this book to be much like the opportunity to visit with old family members, who were eager to share some of their history, hopes, dreams, secrets, and of course, recipes. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Terry Milton
5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes look fabulous
I got hungry the second I opened this cookbook. The recipes look fabulous. I cannot wait to try most of them. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cinisajoy
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cookbook I have ever found
I rarely give a book a 5-star rating and I have never written a review for a cookbook. I never thought I would find one that inspired me to do one of these, let alone both! Read more
Published 18 months ago by alioop
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read if you enjoy cooking
The background stories add to the recipes in this book. Most of us have families that have passed along recipes just like this. I really enjoyed reading and recipe planning.
Published 19 months ago by Minor F. Avery
5.0 out of 5 stars Food, Family, and Fun
I love my family. Everytime we get together it's all about the food and the memories. We eat till we're stuffed then remenisce until we're laughing so hard someone snorts! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ms. McKellips
5.0 out of 5 stars Good German cooking
I loved reading the book that is basically a cook book of the kinds of recipes that I grew up learning to cook in my very German home in Indiana. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ole Teacher
4.0 out of 5 stars A treasure of comfort food recipes
I very much enjoyed this book. It is full of old time foods that I grew up eating.,Most are made with ingredients that are available and inexpensive. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nana
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More About the Author

Kathleen Valentine is the award-winning author of four novels, many novellas & short stories, books of knitting patterns, & a cookbook/memoir about growing up Pennsylvania Dutch. She has been listed as an Amazon Top Selling Author in Horror and in Mystery/Suspense. As a writer her primary interest is delving into the psychology of her characters. Her stories are sometimes mysterious, sometimes funny, usually romantic, and frequently frightening. Her characters range from lost children and grumpy old folks, to mysterious men and women who are not to be trifled with.

She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport.

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