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Pork Chops and Applesauce: A Collection of Recipes and Reflections Paperback – July 14, 2004

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Her (Cynthia Briggs) collection of recipes is a comfy and homey one-the recipes interspersed with stories and anecdotes about her friends and family. Interviews with Southwest cooks spice up the book (Pork Chops & Applesauce). Essentially these are all down-home recipes, designed to please a family's palate. The book is fun to read, as well, for its chatty, informal style. Cynthia's popular newspaper food columns (over 200 of them) have appeared in various publications since 1999. Her work has also appeared in New Mexico Magazine, New Mexico Woman, Funds for Writers and more. She has talked food, writing and techniques for living a more gratifying life on radio and TV, at rotary clubs and women s associations, and at churches, schools and universities. --Miriam Sagan, New Mexico Magazine, Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

Cynthia gives her audience a glimpse of her past as she dishes-up fond memories of those with whom she has shared plentiful dinners and prized recipes. A terrific gift book (Pork Chops & Applesauce), which offers a sweet reminder of the past while sitting down to dinner with family and friends. --On Campus Connection, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, New Mexico USA

Cynthia, your stories are heartwarming and entertaining. Thank you, for filling my recipe box and my heart. --Edith Moore, Carlsbad, New Mexico USA

About the Author

Cynthia Briggs celebrates her love of cooking and writing through her cookbooks, PORK CHOPS AND APPLESAUCE and SWEET APPLE TEMPTATIONS. She has authored two e-books titled, THE ADVENTURES OF LILY AND LEON: A SOPPY FISH TALE and BUMPER CROP: BEGINNING WITH APPLES. 

Cynthia has written nearly 500 nostalgic cooking columns for newspapers; she's published in eight CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL books; WOMAN'S WORLD MAGAZINE; 
NEW MEXICO MAGAZINE; FUNDS FOR WRITERS and numerous on-line publications. She also writes and publishes a blog and Country Cook newsletter.

Her most recent accomplishment is publication in the SPRING, SUMMER and AUTUMN volumes of the four-volume Amazon Kindle best seller, SEASONS OF OUR LIVES.

She enjoys speaking to women's groups, reviewing books, teaching memoir writing and publishing to seniors and coaching budding authors. 

 
She lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Ed.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 193 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse; 2nd edition (July 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403381658
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403381651
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,293,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bookdynamo VINE VOICE on June 15, 2015
Format: Paperback
Food is more than just sustenance. It is something we offer as a gift to those we love, and something we share with others as a way of bonding in the common human experience. I loved this book because it does just that, offering delightful and simple down-home recipes with anecdotes, insights and personal stories that make for the ingredients of a heartfelt slice of nostalgia anyone will relate to. Food blogger Cynthia Briggs brings her own love and joy for cooking, and for life, to the table and offers us a place to sit a spell and listen to stories that will delight the soul. I am not a great cook, but these recipes are wonderfully easy to follow, from No Bake Rocky Road cookies, to the Best Pecan Pie in the Southwest, to Italian Chicken Stir-Fry (yes, this is NOT just a cookbook about cooking with pork and apples, folks!!!) and even more fun to make when accompanied by the whimsical, often humorous remembrances of life in the American Southwest. Recipe books can be boring, if functional. This book is not just about what's for dinner (or lunch...or dessert), but about the heart and soul and spirit of what goes into the food and the joy of sharing a good meal, with all that entails. This book is about the passion for cooking, and the passion for life, and about how both are ingredients truly necessary for a life well-lived.
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This is a book you can quickly get lost in with its yummy recipes and feel-good stories of family and friends.

Author Cynthia Briggs weaves nostalgic tales of life on the farm and in general with numerous delicious recipes to fit the occasion. The stories are a mixture of humor and inspiration with a fondness for family and friends. She takes a look back at life when she was growing up, as well as present day.

Briggs highlights how food and cooking are a link to connecting people. She explains that it's not just family and friends, but strangers and even other cultures can come together over food.

One aspect of the book that can have a deeper meaning for the individual reader is what the author calls `heart-points.' This is when a certain food or recipe triggers memories for you. Readers of PORK CHOPS AND APPLESAUCE will find themselves reflecting on their own `heart-points' as the author draws them back to happy times around food.

The book is divided into chapters that will not only whet reading appetites, but the taste buds as well. You'll discover: Starters, Side Dishes and Specialties; Serving-up Soup and Salads; Breads - Warm Bundles of Joy; Enter the Entrees; `Voila! Dinners in a Snap!; There's Never Enough Dessert!; and Culinary Hearts.

There is a hearty portion of recipes scattered throughout the book. They cover a vast array of dishes from appetizers to desserts and everything in between. Such recipes as Homemade Chunky Applesauce, Family Reunion Calico Beans, Almond Shrimp Salad, Heavenly Chocolate Cake, and so much more.

PORK CHOPS AND APPLESAUCE will quickly be a staple book in your household that's not just for cooking, but for those times you need a refreshing pick-me-up of warmth and comfort.
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Whether you are a "foodie", a busy mom or dad, or someone that just loves down-home comfort food, Pork Chops and Applesauce is a classic and should be a staple in a reader's life--both on one's cookbook shelf and in one's gift giving closet.

Pork Chops and Applesauce has earned its place and is now known as an "evergreen book". Over the years since it was first published, it continues to resonate with its new and old readers. The author's comfort food recipes are highlighted against the backdrop of the author's life, coupled with her family and friends and their experiences preparing and sharing food together.

This book brings the past to the present as the joy of food preparation and the celebration of sharing the bounty together creates those heart connections that remain with us forever.

If you need a pick-me-up, a bit of laughter, a recipe, or a gift, Pork Chops and Applesauce is your answer. I highly recommend that you buy the book in pairs--one for keeping and one for gifting. You won't go wrong.
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An easy and charming read that's like sitting in the kitchen with your mom, learning family recipes as she tells you the stories behind them. A unique cookbook filled with delicious-looking twists on comfort food.
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I have to confess, the mere title "Pork Chops & Applesauce" was enough to make my mouth water and my tummy rumble, but once I prepared and savored a few of the recipes, like Chilies Rellenos, Oven Barbequed Spare Ribs, and Romaine Bread Salad, I knew I'd found a "keeper".

In this nostalgic cookbook, Cynthia Briggs creatively dishes out some of her favorite recipes and serves them along side heartfelt stories of the people and places in her life associated with each.

The recipes are delicious, the stories are humorously entertaining, and I can't wait to try "Autumn Apple Dumplings".
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This book brings the pleasures of a double-scoop ice cream cone. Her entertaining stories of her family and life on the farm bring lots of heart-warming smiles and out-loud chuckles. And her recipes are "down home" classics, with her own creative touches. When I made her super-healthy "Italian Chicken Stir-Fry," my husband requested that I make it again in the near future. But first I want to try her "Royal Ice Cream Sundae" (made with miniature cream puffs) ...
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