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Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again Hardcover – November 17, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600850170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600850172
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “Beautifully and warmly photographed, this cookbook is about real, delicious, home-cooked food.” --Alice Waters, Chez Panisse

"Anyone who's waited in line for a table at Mother's Bistro & Bar on Southwest Stark for Sunday brunch should pounce on this book. It reveals many of the restaurant's most popular dishes, plus some from Mama Mia Trattoria, Schroeder's other eatery right next door, as well as recipes from moms whose cooking has been featured at Mother's through the years. Don't assume that all this maternal instinct spells stodgy food: Inside this book a smart, trained chef is at work." --The Oregonian

About the Author

Lisa Schroeder is the chef/owner of Mother’s Bistro & Bar and Mama Mia Trattoria in Portland, Oregon. Schroeder’s award-winning restaurants have been featured in The Oregonian, Food & Wine, Cooking Light, Town & Country, USA Today, and Bon Appetit. She makes her home in Portland, Oregon.


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I have tried several of the recipes,and they were delicious!
victoria vantassell
They have delicious desserts, and unique preparations, and all the recipes are in the book with very easy to follow instruction.
Musicmaven
Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again has 150 recipes, and most important, teaches how to cook with love.
B. Davis

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Davis on November 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I first opened this cookbook, it made me think of all the comfort foods my mother and grandmother made when I was young. Yum! It is filled with down-home recipes and useful hints that a mother would teach her daughter. It even tells how to cut up a whole chicken! Mother's Best has recipes like Nana's Chicken Fried Chicken; Meatloaf Gravy; Manhattan Clam Chowder; Mama's Minestrone; Grandma Mary's Meatball and Sunday Gravy; $15,000 Crab Cakes with Creole Mustard Sauce; Mother's Biscuits and Gravy; Basic Scones; Mother's Pulled Pork Sandwich; Mother's Apple Crisp; and many more recipes that remind me of my own mother's cooking, with a few subtle changes.

Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again has 150 recipes, and most important, teaches how to cook with love. It is an inspiration and I hope it will keep my family coming home for more. I especially like the recipe for Chicken Cacciatore. I wish I could give this cookbook more than 5 stars!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JoAnna on December 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
There are many things I love about this cookbook. For starters, it makes me feel like I can cook just about anything. Dishes I normally wouldn't tackle, like cioppino, are easy to make thanks to great directions and I can hardly believe I've made what's on the plate in front of me. I've also learned a lot from the tips and "love notes" that follow each recipe and love that "Mother's Best" offers an education in cooking. But mostly this cookbook is my new favorite because every recipe turns out! I have so many cookbooks that sit on my shelf looking pretty, but this one is on my counter every night. Some of the recipes make a lot, but the leftovers are great. Highly recommend this to any cook.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kari Adams on January 5, 2010
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When I ran into this book at Costco I was excited by the pictures and the recipes... then I realized, this book contained recipes to one of my favorite brunch places in downtown Portland. Really? She is sharing her recipes?
I was immediately compelled to add it to my cart - and bought another copy for the friend who introduced me to Mother's downtown in the first place - and let me say I am quite pleased.
I love how she gives tips throughout her cookbook - and the food is all tasting super yummy! Just had the chicken dumplings last night. My husband is not a big fan of chicken dumplings because they can be all goopy and slimey - but this recipe sold him immediately - the texture was perfect!
I also love how most of the ingredients can be found in a normal shopping store. So many cookbooks these days call for fancy items or hard to find items that even the store clerks can't tell you what they are. These are simple affordable yummy recipes that definitely are great for home cooking.
We just recently became parents of twins - adding our child count to 4. This number makes it a lot more tricky to head downtown for a nice meal... so I am very grateful that she is sharing her genious recipes with us.
If you are up for homecooking - this is the cookbook for you.
And you definitely will have to have the crunchy french toast. My favorite item in the world at Mother's. ENJOY!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rush on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
These recipes are easy to follow and have been a big hit with my family and friends, One of my favorites is especially good, grilled salmon with sesame noodles. I've also prepared Mother's Carrot Cake on more than one occasion to bring to dinner parties. The rave responses have made me feel quite accomplished for an amateur cook. I whole heartedly recommend this cookbook. Even if, like me, your mother did not cook like this, then the tradition starts here. Happy eating!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buried By Books on March 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again is a gorgeous cookbook featuring comfort food classics with a twist.

With today's busy schedules, it's difficult to make comfort food like Mom used to make. Those dishes that remind you of home. Sunday dinner types of meals. Mother's Best is a collection of recipes from the Mother's Bistro and Bar in Portland, Oregon. And it far more than a rehashing of classic stand-by recipes. There's an entire chapter devoted to macaroni and cheese. All with a new way to prepare it that make the actual prep a touch less tedious and is filled with time saving short cuts or advance prep ideas.

The book has a bit of a vintage flair to it. The style from the retro apron on the front is carried into the book by the vintage linen look of the chapter heading pages. There are a lot of pictures (although not of every recipe). The Love Notes section had some information I already knew, but there were occasional ideas there that were new to me or a different method from one I had been using. I particularly enjoyed the M.O.M. (Mothers of the Month) stories. I think it's a terrific idea to encourage and preserve the old fashioned cooking from different countries this way.

I made the Broccoli and Smoked Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese. The preparation used a total of 2 pans, reusing the blanching water from the broccoli to cook the pasta. The total cost for me to prepare was around $10--mostly for the broccoli, cheese and cream. I had pasta in the pantry and butter in the fridge. Start to finish it took about an hour to prepare--about the same as any other homemade mac and cheese. But what I really loved about the recipe was the lack of bechamel sauce.
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