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Heirloom Cooking With the Brass Sisters: Recipes You Remember and Love Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 8, 2008

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The Brass sisters (Heirloom Baking) once again pore through their impressive collection of timeworn note cards, cookbooks and manuscripts to offer up an assemblage of culinary favorites from yesteryear. Those expecting a compilation of curiosities will be largely disappointed, as the duo focus on homemade dishes that have stood the test of time: Clam Chowder, Irish Lamb Stew, Meatloaf, Chicken Soup and Red Velvet Cake outnumber novelties like Candle Salad, a 1950s-era combo of lettuce, pineapple, bananas, green bell pepper, maraschino cherries and sour cream (or mayo). Recipes are straightforward and simple, and ingredients are easily sourced; this is the stuff of potlucks, church dinners and family get-togethers. The sisters' collection is remarkable, if not exactly showy, with recipes for Split Pea Soup and Blueberry Buckle that are more than a hundred years old. Food historians will appreciate the sisters' homey anecdotes (up to and including reproductions of original recipe cards). Though not definitive (and with no aspirations to be), this leisurely, nostalgic collection of homemade favorites brings a heaping portion of America's cooking traditions to the modern table.
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“We fell in love with the Brass Sisters at first sight….[Heirloom Cooking] reads more like an exploration of a cookbook from your grandma’s attic, full of warm memories and cozy notations.” 
(The Tampa Tribune )

Selected “Best Outside the Box” cookbook! “One look at [The Brass Sisters’] book and them on the cover and we know we’d like to be cooking in the kitchen with them.”
(St. Petersburg Times )


“If you have a hankering for cherished old-time recipes, you’ll appreciate the new “Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters…a fun nostalgic read – and doable recipes, too.”


(Los Angeles Daily Times )

“Sisters Marilynn and Sheila Brass have revived dozens of recipes that represent decades of home-cooked comfort food…presenting [an] edible history in this handsome volume.”



(Detroit Metro Times. )

“Their cooking expertise is difficult to dispute.”  
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel )
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers (October 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579127843
  • ASIN: B003RCJPSQ
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.1 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,110,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cricket TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 17, 2008
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When I received this cookbook I decided to sit down and give it a good once over. I first noticed the beautiful cover, substantial weight and quality feel to the book. In reading the preface it gave me a better insight as to just who the Brass Sisters are, since I had not come across them previous to this book. The helpful tips and hints that they provide you throughout the book, although sometimes basic, are a good reminder of things we often overlook.

Two recipes that immediately piqued my interest were Mrs. Yaffee's Pierogi and Billionaire's Macaroni and Cheese. Two takes on recipes that were a memorable part of my childhood, but made different than how I've always done them. To give this book a full review I decided to try their macaroni recipe instead of mine this time and see what my family thought.

The directions were very clear and easy to follow. Several ingredients I don't normally use were called for here, ricotta being one and although I was confident in my recipe I can honestly say that this recipe won hands down for me. My family knew immediately that this was not my normal "Mac-n-Cheese". They said that as much as they have always liked mine, that this one was very good. I believe the combination of several cheeses gave it wonderful flavor and creaminess.

The Brass Sisters have given us a cookbook that we can feel good about giving to anyone, from your best friend to your daughter to your grandmother. All of the detailed recipes, beautiful pictures and handy ideas will keep you looking at this book over and over. One clever touch I don't want you to miss is the "My Recipes" envelope securely attached to the inside back cover for you to tuck in your own "Heirlooms".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 19, 2008
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If you collect those regional cookbooks with spiral bindings and hand-typed recipes inside, looking for that "secret family recipe", the Brass Sisters may have written just the book for you. Instead of guessing what "Billionaire's Mac 'n Cheese" or "Mock Chicken Salad" or "Salmon Squares" looks like, you get a handsome large volume lavishly illustrated with pictures and some stories. But mainly, this book is about the food, straight-up American style comfort food.

While I was thrilled to have what looks like the ultimate in mac 'n cheese (Billionaire's) I was actually really drawn to the side dish section, with stuffed baked onions, "church" cauliflower bake, baked butternut squash, caramellized potatoes from a German recipe and a zucchini cheese casserole. How many times am I looking for that covered side dish for a party or to enhance a simple meal of baked chicken? These look tremendous. The soups were less appealing to me, in fact one, tomato peanut butter soup really put me off but I am sure someone out there would probably adore it. There are a lot of good breads, including Baps, those soft Scottish rolls as well as bagels, crackers and a farm rye bread. I plan to be trying quite a few of these.

By far, my favorite chapter, however, is "Home Plates" which are those dishes beloved by men especially (corned beef hash, Shepherd's Pie, Swedish Meatballs, and stuffed cabbage.) Since our household loves traditional American cuisine, this cookbook looks like a roster of champions, waiting to hit home runs in the kitchen. Big (flour-dusted) thumbs up here.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2008
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My Grandma always had a big box of note card sized recipes that she did her cooking from. I don't know where she got them originally...from magazines, from friends, passed down from family. All I know is that they were good. When my Grandma passed away, it was my privilege to inherit her big box of recipes, and to insure that her home cookin' wasn't lost.

With "Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters", the "big box of recipes" from many people's grandmothers have been gathered together, sifted through, and the best-of-the-best bound together in one big book. They scoured garage sales and used book stores for hand-written recipe collections, some of which are so old they almost fell apart at the touch. Adjusting the proportions for modern measuring equipment (i.e.: cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, etc...) and adjusting the portions for the modern family (many of the recipes were for families of 10 or more); they tried every recipe so that they could give specific notes and recommendations on each.

The result is an awesome collection of recipes, all with a distinct American flair. Chili Cheese Cornbread, Mrs. Carter's Baked Stuffed Onions, Onion and Olive Tart, Chicken Pot Pie, Danish Roast Goose Stuffed with Apples and Prunes...every single one is a treasure of history and flavor.

The recipes require a bit of skill at times, and this is by no means a "Quick and Easy" style of cooking. Anyone looking for "health food" had better stay away. The Brass Sisters tell it straight in there introduction that to get authentic flavors you need to use traditional ingredients, and that means lard and full heavy cream. Just the way Grandma used to make it
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Rowan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 19, 2008
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If, like me, you love old cookbooks, particularly ones from churches, women's clubs and the like, this cookbook will probably appeal to you. There's nothing here that requires pink peppercorns or a panini press. Rather it's a book filled with the sort of recipe your mom or grandmother would turn to when searching for a good, filling meal that would bring the family together over the dinner table.

There are hearty, warming soups, filling casseroles, and a collection of entrees which include three sorts of meatloaf and several pot pies. There are good, honest desserts like red velvet cake, and even the ubiquitous jello salad.

The recipes are beautifully illustrated, and look fairly straightforward. After all, how homey can a recipe be if it requires hours of work and a hundred ingredients? The essence of comfort food is, after all, simplicity and honesty. Food that is a pleasure to prepare and to eat, filled with flavor.

I can't help but feel that this would be a wonderful gift, particularly for the holiday season, and especially for that person on your list who always seems to feed the soul as well as the body.
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