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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Native Ground Music (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883206251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883206253
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara Swell began cooking as a young child growing up in West Virginia. She learned to bake cookies while standing on a chair next to her mother. Her job was stirrer and beater licker. Now a child counselor and author, Barbara lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband Wayne and their three children Annie, Wes, and Rita.

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My West Virginia grandmother, Maudie, taught me to make pies and biscuits and to garden, can, and hang my laundry to dry in the fresh mountain air. Standing elbow-to-elbow at her big white enameled drainboard sided sink is where I learned how to cut a sugar cookie, what seeds to plant, how to get (and keep) a man, and that rum doesn't count as alcohol if it's drenching your fruit cake.

When I was 21, I moved into what would become a long succession of off-the-grid 19th century dilapidated farm houses in rural southwest VA, complete with chickens, pigs, bunnies, bees, and a donkey. With a well bucket in one hand and a chainsaw in the other, I made myself a home-spun life. Inspired by those homesteader years, the women in my family, and my many elderly Appalachian farm women friends, I've spent a lifetime learning about old-timey cooking, home-making wisdom, and heirloom gardening and gathering. And that's what I'm sharing with you ... in my cookbooks, blog and cooking classes. For recipes and quirky vintage kitchen chat, visit my blog at www.logcabincooking.com.

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Full of great facts, photos, & recipes!
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By the way, recipes are very good with easy to follow directions.
Tyfer
Can't wait to check out some of Barbra Swell's other books!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael Valdivielso on June 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Log Cabin Cooking by Barbara Swell, a book about Pioneer Recipes & Food Lore, is a wonderful book that can be enjoyed by anybody. With only 64 pages it is amazingly full of recipes, food history, kitchen proverbs, dining etiquette, rhymes (designed to help you remember recipes) and even food insults. From wheat to corn, from meats to beverages, from how to make your butter yellow and how many ways to use corn (corn, corn, corn) this is a great read.

It only took me a day yet I wanted more. Just my luck I bought Secrets of The Great Old-Timey Cooks by the author at the same time at the same store.

With 19th century photos and drawings to add to the pioneer feeling of the book. Don't read it unless you plan to go out right afterwards to eat good, old fashion, country cooking!
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
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This book is very good for the beginner in Early American cooking. I feel very sorry for people are afraid to try some of Barbara's recipes. The other things in her book are true to fact and most of them do work. I do E-A living demonstrations an this book will help me a lot. 3 thumbs up or what ever!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 9, 2005
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A slender 65-page compendium of pioneer era recipes, Log Cabin Cooking by Barbara Swell also offers tips on hearth cooking, food insults, pioneer dining etiquette, kitchen provers, cake superstitions, jump rope rhymes, and "Biscuit Sayings". Readers will learn how to make a "squashaphone" and "Make-Do Cooking". Enhanced with period photography, the recipes in this little gem of a cookbook range from Sour Dough Bread, to Dandelion Salad, to Poor Man's Pudding, to Dried Sweet Apple Schnitz. Also very highly recommended are two other old-time cookbooks by Barbara Swell: Take Two & Butter 'em While They're Hot!: Heirloom Recipes & Kitchen Wisdom (1883206324, $5.95) and Secrets Of The Great Old-timey Cookbooks: Historic Recipes, Lore & Wisdom (1883206375, $5.95).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tyfer on April 6, 2008
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This is a very nice book! You know, as a "Little house on the prairie" books and TV program fan, I really love this book! Photos are so nice and make me think in the hard days back in the west. It is #1 in my recipe book collection. By the way, recipes are very good with easy to follow directions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Bojczuk on March 12, 2010
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Hubby gave this to me for Valentines day and I have made several recipes from it already. The recipes are converted to be used in an new oven or wood burning stove.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By macarter35 on December 3, 2010
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this is a great little book that i bought for a coworker's Santa Exchange. Fun tidbits, stories and sketches. If you are into pioneer history (we are in Oklahoma) and food, you will enjoy this. i went back and bought one for myself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Darland on September 8, 2009
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Living in a Log cabin in that era would have been intersting. This book informs you of how it was for them. Interesting ideas for cooking that i wouldnt have thought of.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean on April 30, 2012
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My friends and I choose to camp, hunt, and fish in a primitive mountain man setting and I've been appointed the job of camp cook. I'm always looking for period correct recipes and this book is a treasure!!! Not only are the recipes perfect for open fire and cast iron cooking, the author includes fun historical facts and lore which is fun to talk about when I'm making these dishes in camp!
At home, I've made some of these things with my children which they love. Can't wait to check out some of Barbra Swell's other books!
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