Lois Wyse understands why the recipes for dishes our grandmothers made are every family's true treasures. She wants to prevent the loss of these traditional recipes, which our grandmothers often failed to write out. Wyse's collection of grandma recipes includes familiar regional and ethnic favorites--Chicken Paprikash, Creamed Spinach, Pecan Pie, and so on. Other recipes strike a rarely felt chord of familiarity if you grew up with Johnny Mazetti (a meaty macaroni and cheese casserole) or Poppel Poppel (a bacon and potato omelet) and other specifically local dishes.
Many recipes were contributed by Wyse's friends or acquaintances, who explain their family history. Others, like the moussaka identified simply as "from an extraordinary Greek cook," are strangely anonymous, considering the premise of this book.
Reading Just Like Grandma Used to Make may send you digging for an old notebook where your own family treasures are recorded, or get you into the kitchen to start recreating a dish that lives in your memory. That, one suspects, is what Wyse really intends with this comprehensive collection. --Dana Jacobi
From Library Journal
Wyse is the best-selling author of Grandchildren Are So Much Fun, I Should Have Had Them First (Crown, 1992), and this charming collection seems the natural companion to her other "grandmother" books. Most of the recipes (a few are from grandfathers) are for homey comfort food from a variety of ethnic traditions: Kasha with Bowtie Noodles, Tortilla Soup, Chicken and Cornbread Dressing, Flan. Brief headnotes give some background, but the grandmas and other family members are identified only by first name, without much context. Even so, this is an appealing compendium of favorite, old-fashioned dishes many readers will remember fondly from childhood. For most collections.
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