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A Quilter's Christmas Cookbook Paperback – November 25, 1996

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Enhance your Christmas celebrations with any of the thousand delectable recipes gathered together in this cookbook treasure. Quilters from across North America offer recipes-both comforting and exotic-from their smorgasbord of food traditions. Here, too, are some of their favorite Christmas memories and stories. Renew your holidays with this treat for body and soul!

About the Author

Louise Stoltzfus learned the arts of quilting and cooking from her mother, Miriam Stoltzfus. While she puts occasional stitches in one of the many quilts her mother always has in frame, Stoltzfus regrettably seldom finds time for quilting.

Stoltzfus authored the first quilters’ cookbook, Favorite Recipes from Quilters. She also co-authored The Central Market Cookbook, The Best of Mennonite Fellowship Meals,and Lancaster County Cookbook.

Stoltzfus is an editor for Good Books and director of The People’s Place Gallery in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.

Dawn Ranck helped to make her first quilt—a doll quilt—at age seven, with the help of her Grandma Engel. She is currently handpiecing a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.

Ranck also enjoys cooking and gardening and combines the two by growing herbs and using them in her cooking.

Ranck is Designer and Production Manager for Good Books.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Good Books (November 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561482099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561482092
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ellen A. Hopps on October 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
My favorite holiday cookbook, but also fabulous for good company recipes, potluck dinners or when you just want something a little special for those you love at home. Recipes from appetizers to desserts. Comfort food and ethnic specialities! A to Z!!
I also love reading the notes in the corners with memories of Christmas' past and enjoy seeing the regional specialties from different parts of the country. It is also interesting to see what kind of quilts patterns are being made throughout the states and that this wonderful artform is being kept alive.
A must have for anyone who loves Louise Stoltzfus' compilation cookbooks! Or anyone who loves good old fashioned good food!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 30, 2006
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`A Quilter's Christmas Cookbook' by `Good Books' (in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) editors Louise Stoltzfus and Dawn J. Ranck is a genuine bargain for traditional recipe collectors who keep their magazine cutouts in little `tin' filing cans designed for holding 3" by 5" index cards. I know this because this is exactly how my mother keeps her recipes, and so many of the recipes in this book are the very same she has in her little gray can.

For a list price of a mere $13.95, we get 330 pages of recipes, stuffed to almost always three to a page, giving us close to 900 very traditional holiday recipes. A quick look at the title, publisher, and the names of the editors may lead one to think that this book is all about Pennsylvania Dutch recipes, but it is not. The book is a collection of recipes from quilting hobbyists from all over the country. And, the traditional Amish and Mennonite centers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York State are in the distinct minority, While there are a fairly large number of contributions from small towns in southeastern Pennsylvania (Punxsutawney, PA seems to have an inordinately large number of contributors), my hunch is that there is at least one recipe here from every state in the Union, and some from Canada.

In spite of the geographical diversity, there is a great commonality in the style of recipes. Not only do most of them hint of hundreds of little gray boxes from around the country, there is also a strong spirit of pre-Julia Child 1950s style of cooking epitomized by Poppy Cannon, of `Can Opener Gourmet' and other books in that spirit. Two of the symptoms of this style are the use of margarine in place of butter and the heavy use of packaged gelatins (`Jell-O').
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Bardos on March 12, 2009
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I collect cookbooks but some are just my go-to books where I know I'll find what I'm looking for. This is one. Full of tried and true, down home recipes with common ingredients. My all time favorite from the book is Crockpot Sage Stuffing. The book falls open to it. Tastes just like the stuffing mom used to put in the bird but the convenience and safety of the crockpot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on March 11, 2006
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Whether you are a quilter or not, you will love this cookbook.

The variety and quality of recipes is amazing...I probably have 70 cookbooks, but this is one that I can rely on regularly for having good recipes that are straight-forward, easy to follow, and (best of all!) delicious to eat. So many friends have asked for recipes that originated from this cookbook that, when they see the great collection, they ended up buying this cookbook, too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kejebu on January 9, 2007
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This cookbook is hands down my favorite cookbook of all time, it is jammed

with recipes, little stories and great variety, it isn't your everyday

cookbook. I have given this cookbook as a gift many times. Try it you

WILL like it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Tibbetts on December 9, 2012
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Wonderful assortment of recipes...like a church cookbook, there are numerous variations on one recipe like brownies or fudge or vegetable soup. That's not necessairly a bad thing. I have the plain QUILTERS COOKBOOK and it's one of my favorites and I'm glad I added this to the collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alex's mommy on May 1, 2013
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What a lovely cookbook, I don't quilt but I enjoyed reading the little stories contained in the book. It reminded me alot of the 'Fix It and Forget It' line of cookbooks, except this is just a normal cookbook not a slow cooker book. Simple recipes from everyday people using everyday ingredients. It is labeled as a Christmas cookbook, but really can be used year-round. I think this is one I will get some good use out of.
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By R. Froen on November 10, 2013
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My aunt checked this book out of the library and really liked it. She checked it out again ,but that still wasn't enough time with it. Buying was our only option. We made a couple of the recipes and found others we wanted to try. The only draw back to this book is that there are no pictures, but the great variety of recipes makes up for this.
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