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“Some of the dishes—wilted ‘sallets,’ Cracklin’ bread—are newly chic; all hold the fascination of homespun, though from Farr‘s perspective, ‘for the most part they are pretty ordinary.’”
--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Sidney Saylor Farr is a special collections librarian at Berea College in Kentucky, and also the editor of Appalachian Heritage.  Her writing has appeared in Mountain Life & Work, Appalachian Journal, Organic Gardening, and other publications.
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Product Details

  • Series: Appalachian Recipes and Recollections
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (June 30, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822953471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822953470
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Becki L. Tomlinson on December 1, 2013
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I was a bit disappointed in this book. First because there really wasn't anything new in it. If you've read the 'Foxfire' series you're going to find all of this and much more. Second, because her family must have been rich because they were buying Jack Daniels Whiskey and other store bought ingredients. My family could have never afforded such luxuries. I was hoping for more plain living recipes. And last because these recipes could not have come first hand because of all their mistakes. For maple tea Ms. Farr tells us to collect the juice from a maple tree, mix with equal parts water, sweeten with honey, maple sugar, or maple syrup and serve hot. What!?! The sap of the maple tree is pretty much water with just a few sugars in it. You don't add water to water, you take the water away by boiling it out. Then you don't add maple syrup to sweeten because that's what you're making. She makes a similar mistake with birch tea and birch beer. I stopped reading after that so I wonder what other mistakes she has.

I gave it two stars only because there may be people who have never read a 'Foxfire' book or they lived in the burbs all their life and have never cooked with some of the ingredients she has listed. It might be interesting to them. For those of us who have had even a smidgen of backwoods living, this book is not worth the money. Sorry
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Payne on February 21, 2008
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Sidney Saylor Farr does an excellent job in recalling both the recipes and the culture behind an often overlooked section of our national heritage. Those that are interested in the Appalachian lifestyle or food's use as a tool for examining a culture will be fascinated by More Than Moonshine. Those interested in re-creating some of the home cooking that permeated the region also won't be disappointed.

By following recipes such as these, citizens in one of the poorer regions of our country managed to survive - and indeed thrive - during some of our nation's leanest years. The practical skills presented in this book should also not be ignored.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary Sue Wasson on July 6, 2006
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Really fun recipes that you don't find elsewhere. Has all those wonderful recipes for the foods I grew up with in the South - but nobody used recipes then - so every attempt to recall those has been vague - until this book. It is a really beautiful insight to the Appalachian culture.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 1998
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I stumbled upon this at the university library among other historical cookbooks. The recipes are appealing and so is the writing. It's a real gem and I'm glad it's still in print.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephany Williams on October 20, 2011
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I was enthralled with this book. I love to browse and read cookbooks and recipes, however in "More Than Moonshine: Appalachian Recipes and Recollections by Sidney Farr, I was caught up in the story of another life; in another time. For anyone with country stock in their gene pool, especially poor country stock, this book will bring back many memories of family kitchens; their smells, sounds and comfort. Sprinkled generously through out her tale of growing up in a time and place where her family eked a life from the land about them, are the recipes for food and directions for making homemade items that will stir memories; perhaps show you how hard life was for your grandparents; or inspire you to try something new, delicious or creative. The author's family and her love for them as well as her respect and affection for all living things that charted her childhood are at the heart of this book. Her detailed memory of the way her family lived their lives is extraordinary and warms the heart as much as her recipes will warm the tummy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LykaReynard on December 12, 2011
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Yes this is a cookbook, and it has many recipes. I have to say that the recounts of her life that scatter the pages makes for a very enjoyable read. As the child of someone from the Appalachian region it gives insights to the recipes that my family makes even though they never use a cook book. I tried the sugar cookie recipe and it is wonderful. A very informative and useful book to keep in your kitchen or coffee table.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Z. Overby II on December 31, 2012
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This book is a must read as there is alot of description of recipes for shine and all kinds of good food.
Canned vegatables to pies and preserves. If you cannot find something good to cook and eat from here
then a kitchen is no place for you.
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