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Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader Hardcover – October 21, 2004
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Despite a nod to Father Tim's diabetes, this is pure, unadulterated, break-out-the-butter, down-home southern cooking. Don't look for calorie counts or number of servings. Most likely, with this carb-fest of comforting, sweet-tooth ticklin' recipes, you don't want to know the nutritional information! Just think of it as pure enjoyment.
Each recipe is presented in the order of its appearance in the Mitford series, and six recipes are included from the forthcoming and concluding novel, LIGHT FROM HEAVEN (2005). The recipes range from the simple Silver Queen Corn (butter, sugar, corn, salt and pepper) to the dust-off-your-apron-and-clear-your-schedule-for-the-day complex Esther's Orange Marmalade Cake (although this is photographed as a two-layer cake, the recipe calls for a more complicated three-layer).
Recipes run the culinary gamut: main course meals (Rector's Meatloaf, Ray's Barbecue Ribs, Cynthia's Bouillabaisse); basic side dishes (Puny's Potato Salad); mouth-watering desserts (Louella's Buttermilk Chess Pie, Cynthia's Raspberry Tart, Mama's Ice Cream in a Tray); beverages (Marge's Sweet Tea with Peppermint), and breads (Magdolen's Spoon Bread, Louella's Cinnamon Rolls). Playful recipes like Dooley's Fried Baloney Sandwich Supreme are paired with Dooley's Second Favorite Sandwich --- The Doozie, consisting of white bread, smooth peanut butter and Cheerios ("Fold the sandwich in half and jump on your bike and go").Read more ›
I am more of an armchair chef than a real cook, and I bought this book because I love the Mitford characters and story. I wasn't disappointed. The day after getting this in the mail, I sat down for three hours and just read the stories that go along with each recipe, read Jan Karon's notes and sidebars about cooking, the characters, and life, and looked at the mouthwatering recipes, vowing to try some.
I love that most of them are totally simple and anyone can do them (barring the marmalade cake, which you will need to have both a well-stocked kitchen and a whole day set aside to bake), like Father Tim's Meatloaf (Old Faithful) or the three very different (yet still simple) apple pie recipes (made with Sadie Baxters of course!).
So as a cookbook, it gets five stars, and as a Mitford reader, it also surprisingly gets five stars. There is even more text than recipe, and that makes it a true pleasure to relive some of our favorite Mitford moments and imagine bringing the characters to life by preparing their recipes.
Now Karon has penned the Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader to satisfy her fans, who have been writing the author for years about the many dishes mentioned throughout her books.
The book is a clever combination of recipes based on dishes mentioned in her novels along with excerpts of those books, to give newcomers a glimpse into the Mitford world. Each chapter is filled with insights into one particular novel (A Light In The Window, A Common Life, Shepherds Abiding, etc), and most recipes are accompanied by either a passage from the book talking about the dish, or comments from the author about how the dish came to be included in the novel.
Not being familiar with the Mitford book series before now, it quickly becomes obvious why Ms. Karon's fans are always writing to her about the food in the books. The dishes in the Mitford Cookbook are for the most part simple, family fare, and sound absolutely delicious. The recipes are straightforward and complete step by step instructions, like the type you might get from a friend who's apple pie recipe you're going to try, are designed to make each dish as easy as following simple written directions. There's also a flavor of the characters who present the dishes in the Mitford books found in the different styles of dishes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must have if you enjoyed the Mitford series! Made the orange marmalade cake for a wedding anniversary and it was a great hit!Published 23 hours ago by Monica Giordano
All recipes mentioned in the Father Tim series are in this cookbook as well as some stories. Even the orange marmalade cake! This was published in 2004.Published 13 days ago by Buffalo gal
This cookbook was the best ever. I enjoyed so much the Mitford Series books and wondered about the recipes mentioned so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw there actually was a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by lebehrendt