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Just Like Grandma Used to Make: More Than 170 Heirloom Recipes for Remembered Tastes and Cherished Traditions Hardcover – May 6, 1998

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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

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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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1St Edition edition (May 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684826860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684826868
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,778,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eileen G. on June 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This well-conceived book assumes something that is utterly reasonable: Americans of all stripes long for many of the foods that their grandmothers (and their friend's grandmothers) served. Many wonderful ethnic American cuisines are represented. In addition, we might long for recipes that are simple to shop for and prepare. Most of the recipes call for no more than six or eight ingredients, all available at the supermarket. (Grandma would not ever have gone to three stores to bake one cake, remember). That's one of the best things about this book. There are no hard-to-find ingredients, or complicated, 'foodie' techniques required. There are tables of equivalents (US, British, and metric) and a good index. In addition, many different culinary "grandmothers" contributed, so I'd guess that just about anyone would find recipes that jog the memory - and appeal thoroughly. The sweets, "treats," and desserts are some of the best I've yet found in one book. A great collection and well worth its 'remainder table' price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pizzacaller on November 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
i picked this one up at my library. it has so inspired that i've put together my own little binder filled with my mom's recipes. there's almost nothing so potent with memories than cooking, smelling, and eating the foods from my childhood. JUST LIKE GRANDMA really helped me realize what i treasure i could lose if i don't take down my mom's old stand bys that she's made over and over through the years. my favorite thing in this book is the no-brainer recipe for pie crust. pie crust has always been shrouded in mystery for me. but the authors gave me courage. if generations of women can make nice crust from this recipe then i can! don't miss this book. it will add so much to your life. the recipes are simple and clear and understandable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Opal on July 10, 2010
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I find myself referring to this cookbook more often than I anticipated. (I have dozens of cookbooks.) The recipes are for warm, comforting "home-style" foods. If you want to make biscuits like grandma's, this is the book for you. There are a few recipes that I will never use, just based on my personal tastes, but everything I have made from this book has been quite good. Recipes use standard pantry staples. (No imported squid ink here!) If you're a person that likes church-fundraiser type cookbooks, or "The Amish Cook", you'll enjoy this one too.
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