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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836256891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836256895
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over 130 individual pieces of art have been created, enough to frame each recipe. Just a Matter of Thyme is a classic creation that is a source of culinary entertainment with an assemblage of outstanding recipes. Recipes are thematically grouped by Appetizers, Breads, Salads & Salad Dressings, Soups, Main Dishes, "On the Side", Cakes & Pies, Cookies & Brownies, and concludes with a Miscellaneous section of Roxie's Punch, Hot Coca Mix, Friendship Tea, Play Dough, and Gift Basket Ideas. There are so many wonderful recipes that the Index will prove especially useful. Just a Matter of Thyme is so beautiful that a series of greeting cards based on the artwork (and one of the soup mixes) are also available. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Everything I have made has been exceptional.
Mark Clark
In about a weeks time I received all five copies and was extremely pleased.
Roberta Guarino
I have given it as a wedding gift several times!
Lesli D Reid

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My Dad got this book for me for my birthday several years ago and I have enjoyed it immensely. Then a girlfriend of mine was about to have a birthday. She doesn't like to cook much and leans more towards the artsy side of life. I felt led to give her my copy. I thought if anything, this book would help her to see that cooking IS artistic! She absolutly loves the book -- the only problem is now I cannot get a replacement for myself because the book is on backorder. ::Sigh:: I'll keep at it though until I get another one. I am an experienced cook and this book is perfect for the novice but the food is satisfying even to the most discriminating of palates. - Laura in Arizona
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "mimee3" on January 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I cannot stress how wonderful this cookbook is. Every receipe is better than the last. The best thing about this cookbook is that the receipes are so simple and they use normal ingredients that you can find anywhere... no matter where you live! I have given over 10 of these as gifts and never a complatint yet... You have to get this. Once your hooked on "Jan's Brownies" , you'll never make boxed brownies again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mimee3" on January 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I received this cookbook from my mother several years ago. Since then I have given over 10 as gifts myself. The reason I love this cookbook so much is that it calls for normal, everyday ingredients that are not hard to find. I have made 90% of the receipes in the cookbook and have loved them all. The absolute best brownies I have ever tasted are "Jan's Brownies"... you must make them for your family. I cannot tell you how much you need this cookbook in your own collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I received "Just a Matter of Thyme" from my husband as a present during our first Christmas as husband and wife. I was a bit put out. So he wants me to make fancy meals for him? This is his idea of marriage? Then I opened the cookbook and laughed at the every day ingredients such as Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice, cream of mushroom soup, and Velveeta. My next thought was that my husband didn't have much faith in me as a cook.
I was wrong. I have never made a recipe from "Just a Matter of Thyme" that didn't get compliments. My daughter loves the Chocolate Crinkle cookies. Friends always ask for the Apple Strudel Pie recipe. They take one bite and there's silence. Then, "Wow, this is really delicious." And the most wonderful thing is that the pie looks beautiful but is so easy to make.
Speaking of easy to make, there's a Chicken Enchilada recipe that takes no time at all, and is scrumptous. There's a similar recipe in another cookbook I own that took me three hours to make! And it didn't taste any better.
That's how I'd sum up "Just a Matter of Thyme." Easy and delicious recipes made from every day ingredients. In fact, I'm ordering a copy for my father who doesn't even know how long to cook pasta. I know he'll use and enjoy this cookbook.
Plus, there's delightful illustrations that inspire the artist in me to be creative while cooking, as well as unique gift basket ideas, and a recipe for play dough.
There's also great appetizer and soup recipes that I haven't gotten to because I keep making the same favorites over and over again.
You'll want to keep "Just a Matter of Thyme" on your book shelf right next to "The Joy of Cooking."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jean Brandau alabama@www.cedarnet.org on October 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is the most beautiful cookbook that I have ever seen! The illustrations and print are gorgeous. The book is fun to just look at or to read. The recipes are from tea houses across the country and are really simple, yet elegant and unique. I have bought many copies of this book for my special friends' birthdays, Christmas gifts, and wedding & shower gifts. It's one gift that always pleases. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have bought six copies of this book to give to family and friends. It is a great wedding or shower gift. I have included it in gift baskets which included baking utensils and/or selected spices.
The book is beautiful, from cover to cover. I have also shared the poetry and prayers found within the book at devotional times of Bible study groups.
All in all, I love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a book you'll fall in love with - more so as you turn each page. I originally bought in when looking for recipes that used fresh herbs. My kids were thrilled to see the recipes for Hello Dollies and PLAY DOUGH! Guess which one we use the most?
Now I'm buying this book for all my friends - with basic recipes like "How to Boil an Egg" it makes the perfect wedding gift!
The lovely illustrations and beautiful script make it as enjoyable to read as it is to use! "Just a Matter of Thyme" isn't just my latest favorite book and gift - it has become my motto for life!
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By thepearlygirl on March 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My mother used this cookbook throughout my childhood and the pages are now stained with ingredient splatter and warped from steam. Several of my favorite dishes from growing up were from this cookbook. When I got married and began thinking of starting a family of my own, I knew I had to get this cookbook. The cover is different from my mother's original cookbook, but the recipes are still the same.
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Author Roxie Kelley is the founding proprietor of home-furnishing emporium Keeping Good Company. She crafts her own online journal, "Sweet Slice of Life," and is currently living in Dove Canyon, California.