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Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant Cookbook: A Lifetime of Recipes from the Shenandoah Valley Hardcover – October 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580087345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580087346
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

* A heart-warming homage to the famous Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant, a 50-year-old all-American roadside café in Staunton, Virginia.
* Includes 175 recipes and more than 50 archival and full- color food and location photos.
* Accompanying text celebrates the life of the tough-as- nails Mildred Rowe, who started the highly successful restaurant.
* Foreword by Jane and Michael Stern designates Mrs. Rowe, her restaurant, and her canon of recipes as the epitome of irresistible Appalachian country-style food.

About the Author

MOLLIE COX BRYAN is an award-winning writer and poet. She is a frequent contributor to GRIT magazine and has penned essays and articles for NPR's "Kitchen Window," Taste of the South magazine, and Virginia Living magazine. She is also a family life columnist for a local newspaper in Staunton, Virginia. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Waynesboro, Virginia. THE AUTHOR SCOOP

What was your first job?I worked at a little country restaurant/truck stop called “Mary’s” in Raccoon Township. I scooped ice cream and made donuts, which I loved because I could make the icing any color I wanted and decorate it creatively. Eventually I was fired for my inefficiency—I used too many nuts and sprinkles.  Do you eat your vegetables?I am a vegetarian and can’t think of a vegetable that I don’t like. Who would you cast as yourself in a movie of your life?Myself—Kerri RussellMrs. Rowe—Maggie GyllenhaalAre you "six degrees of separation" away from anyone famous?My grandfather’s cousin was Jean Harlow. What did you want to be when you grew up?I’ve always been a writer, but I have had some other ambitions, like dancing and acting. One time, when I was 14 or 15, the circus came to town and I decided I wanted to join as an acrobat. I even got the application, and filled it out, but because I was under age, I needed my mother’s legal consent. Of course, that did not happen.

More About the Author

Mollie Cox Bryan is a cookbook author with a penchant for murder. She is also the author of the Cumberland Creek Mysteries: SCRAPBOOK OF SECRETS (nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2012)SCRAPPED, and the forthcoming DEATH OF AN IRISH DIVA. She is also the author of MRS. ROWE'S LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHERN PIES and MRS. ROWE'S RESTAURANT COOKBOOK; A LIFETIME OF RECIPES FROM THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY . She also is the author of a Kindle book HONEY, I'M SORRY I KILLED YOUR AQUASAURS (AND OTHER SHORT ESSAYS ON THE PARENTING LIFE.)

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I have enjoyed the recipes as well as the story of her life.
Cimp
I have eaten at Mrs. Rowe's restaurant several times and was delighted to find this cookbook.
Nonny
The recipes, all tried and true, make this book a real treasure.
B. Cash

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Mccracken on December 21, 2007
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The recipes are well written, use basic ingredients found in most kitchens, and are very easy to make. The recipes are for the dishes from your grandmother's kitchen: Sunday dinner, weekend breakfast, holiday favorites, and family get-togethers. The book also tells of Mrs. Rowe's life, an independent woman far ahead of her time.
If you are in Virginia on I81 at exit 222, stop at Mrs. Rowe's Family resturant (has been there for almost 60 years) for a snack (best pies around) or a meal. I have been doing so for over 20 years. But buy her cookbook at Amazon - it's much cheaper.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paisley on March 3, 2008
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After my Mom moved to Staunton ten years ago, it wasn't long before we heard about Rowe's restaurant. We've eaten there many times, and naturally had to pick up the cookbook as well. It is worth it for the Peanut Butter Pie recipe alone. I've made that pie a dozen times, each time with great results.

I've ordered this book a few times, at my Mom's request so she can give it as a gift. It is highly recommended.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B. Cash on October 6, 2006
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My family and I have eaten many meals at Rowe's Restaurant through the years. As I read this book, I felt that I was right there beside Mildred Rowe, talking, laughing with her, eating her delicious food and even picking apples! Mollie Bryan has captured the real Mildred Rowe and did a wonderful job of portraying the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. This book is well done and a tribute to an exceptional lady. The recipes, all tried and true, make this book a real treasure.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on October 10, 2006
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Mrs. Rowe's Restuarant Cookbook is aesthetically beautiful as well as beautifully written! Ms. Bryan brings the Rowe family to life in this vivid biography. The book also paints a portrait of local life in the Shenandoah Valley. Full of photographs and recipes, the book pleases on many levels and will appeal to everyone!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Channoa on December 9, 2006
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I love this book, it's full of great recipies and at the same time it narrates on the lives of Mrs. Rowe's family. It's a great book, I recommend it 100%. I made the Pound Cake recipie and it's the best.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LJVP on September 29, 2006
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This is a great cookbook. Not only is it fun reading, especially if you appreciate or live in the Shenandoah Valley, but the recipes are great. It is nicely laid out; the recipes are easy to read; there are lots of fun pictures of the Mildred Rowe's family and the restaurant; and the author's writing is captivating and really reflects the spirit of Mildred Rowe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Oliver on January 26, 2009
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We began regular stops at Mrs. Rowe's restaurant when she still presided at the door, and make a point of timing our trips to have lunch, saving room for a slice of pie. I enjoyed the story of her remarkable life, have bookmarked some of the recipes to try. Fun read for cooks who love the Shenandoah Valley and admire strong women!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tina on February 9, 2013
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I actually purchased this book for my Sister-in-law for her 70th Birthday as she came from the Shenandoah area. Her husband is the cook of the family and told her it was time she got back to her ''roots''. Let's see how she does!
My husband and I actually ate at Mrs. Rowe's Restaurant a few years ago and I had my first taste of Spoon Bread - it was great as was the entire meal. It was a Sunday around noon (we were traveling from FL to VT) and the restaurant was full of locals that had just come in from church service. They were all dressed up - including the men in ties, ladies in dresses and children in their Sunday best. It was like going back in time to the 50s when we all did this. So skip those chain restaurants and stop in at Mrs. Rowe's - Exit 222 of I-81 in Staunton, VA and have a taste of the past - it is delicious!
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