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At Home on the Range Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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"This book is a beautiful time capsule that looks back to the roots of American gastronomy, when the values of gardening and fresh ingredients were the primary inspiration. Margaret Yardley Potter’s warm, witty stories and recipes show us that our great-grandmothers instinctually understood that food is central to a life well-lived."
"Author Elizabeth Gilbert (A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage) does a wonderful service by bringing back the opinionated, modern-for-its-time cookbook of her eccentric great-grandmother Gima” Yardley Potter, first published in 1947... Chapters are devoted lovingly to what foods best to bring hospitalized friends, mastering cocktails, and organizing emergency meals and effortless entertaining. In her bright, determined tone (Is your cigarette finished? Let’s go”), Yardley Potter assures us a generation before Julia Child that we can tackle bouillabaisse, preserves, bread, and grandmother’s sacred sponge cake."
"This is a cookbook for modern times and modern cooks, full of sassy jokes and smartly written recipes."
"Delightfully humorous and remarkably insightful."
"A precious find."
'At Home on the Range' is, in fact, a cookbook. But it is so much, much more than a cookbook. It is a memoir of one woman’s life, her marriage, and her full and happy years taking care of a family. It is also the encapsulation of the spirit of this particular womanMargaret Yardley Potter of Philadelphia, who died in 1955on the page, in such full-flowered glory that she seems by the close of the volume to be someone that we know intimately."
"This is not just a book of recipes (though it has plenty of those, a perfect recipe for pressed chicken among them), but also a cookbook for life."
"[Potter] is a wonderful, entertaining writer and a keen observer."
"For pure reading pleasure, try Margaret Yardley Potter, otherwise knowns as the memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert's great-grandmother... Adventurous and funny, she could have drunk and smoked Elizabeth David, M.F.K. Fisher and probably even Dorothy Parker under the table."
New York Times Book Review
"Yardley Potter's prose is laced with literary references and is as much fun to read as her dinner parties must have been to attend."
The New Yorker
A beautiful, moving, often funny collection of essays and instructions from a very eloquent writer.”
Bracketed by Gilbert's affectionate commentary, At Home is a warm and witty memoir that captures Potter's spirited approach to cooking and just about everything else A book for all ages. What a gem.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Elizabeth Gilbert is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Eat, Pray, Love, now a major motion picture. In 2008, Time magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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Top Customer Reviews
There is an excellent introduction by her great-granddaughter.
There are menus and instructions. Recipes included are: soups, pot roasts and other meats, foods for the brave, hard shells, fish, greens, sauces, salads and dressings, desserts, preserves, breads, drinks, eggs, parties, breakfasts, from the bar.
Recipes are in paragraph form, but there is a complete index. There are no pictures of the dishes. Some of the dishes require an adventuresome stomach, such as; calf brains with black butter, eels or fried tripe. Our family has enjoyed her recipe for meat loaf that also has a bit of ham in it, her baked squash and her pizza, which at the time she described as the "odd appearing dish".
This is a book cookbook collectors would enjoy and even those who like to read social history.
it is a gem of a book , and I am glad that it was brought back to life, especially because the proceeds goes to a good cause. - [...]
The author was a woman who was rich as a child but financially poor as an adult, but who maintained her taste for excellent food. Therefore her recipes were excellent and 'gourmet,' but inexpensive when it was published (most of them still are, but some of the ingredients, like wild grapes and cockscombs, are a lot harder to come by now then they seem to have been then).
There are especially good chapters on what every kitchen needs ('Hot Stuff for the Range Owner,') and on what you can make with what should usually be in your pantry anyway ('Egg Yourself on in Emergencies'). I am glad the author's granddaughter re-published this. I borrowed this from the library and am happy to buy it now from amazon.
On the bus and train home that day I found I couldn't put it down. Even as an avid reader it held my interest for months as I read through it tirelessly in my free time.
The recipes are quaint but pertinent to modern life while the anecdotes from the author are wonderfully written and are filled to bursting with charm, history, and a heavy slathering of wit that transcends its time period.
The book is presented by the author's great-granddaughter, who is also the author of the best selling novel "Eat, Pray, Love".
It is obvious where the talent in this family springs from and "At Home on the Range" stands firmly on its own two feet as a novel, autobiography, and as a cookbook.
I lost almost everything I owned when I left Australia, but this book was one of the first things I placed in my luggage. It will be a proud member of my library for years to come.
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that the cover of the hardback printing is done in the old style and the red designs on the cover do begin to show specks of wearing away after a while. However, take care of it and it will be fine.
If you have any interest at all in history or cooking don't even think about passing this book up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't realize this book would be a cookbook, but it's excellent. It's humorous. And I feel like Liz is dictating the recipes to me personally. A+Published 3 months ago by Monica Dema
I just got this and look forward to reading this and trying the recipes.Published 9 months ago by Lisa N
A treasure of food and story. The Potter family was raised on food and lots of love, which is evident in the book and continues to flourish through Elizabeth Gilbert and I'm sure... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bobbe Allender
– a lovely, lively green apple of a book – tart, crisp and delicious! What a delight it must have been to be invited to one of Gima’s dinner parties or to join in the fun at the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by J.P. O'Neill
The first word I think of to describe this book is hysterical! In her day, the author had all sorts of tricks up her sleeve to make slim pickings in the cupboard into repasts to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nancy Lang
Absolutely wonderful to read even if I don't / won't cook eels or cockscombs !Published 17 months ago by Elinor V. Caldwell