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A Return to Sunday Dinner Hardcover – July 31, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Gifts (July 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590520912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590520918
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What could be more Middle America than Sunday dinner? By the 1970s the seemingly permanent tradition lost out to Sunday brunch, restaurant dining, and the hijacking of the Sunday agenda by televised professional sports and theme parks. If Russell Cronkhite has his way, Sunday dinner will come roaring back on a tidal wave of roasts, hot vegetables, and butter. The recipes in A Return to Sunday Dinner virtually define American home cooking in the late twentieth century. There are New England dinners, midwestern groaning boards, Italian feasts, Creole-inspired banquets--all designed to increase family solidarity. Only Asian and Mexican traditions don't show up here. Cronkhite's well-thought-out recipes and appealing menus attract anyone who enjoys American home cooking as it was before it was co-opted by canned and frozen prepared foods. Even if Sunday dinner isn't practical for today's families, Cronkhite's vision offers a wealth of inspiration for holiday dining, and his advice for spreading out the cooking over several days is useful. Color photographs evoke the nation's agricultural past. Mark Knoblauch
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"Cronkhite’s well-thought-out recipes and appealing menus attract anyone who enjoys American home cooking..." -- Booklist Magazine, October 15th, 2004

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It is full of wonderful pictures, and great recipes.
Loretta
I got a chance to look it over once or twice and it has the most wonderful stories and recipes in it.
E. Hills
This is a wonderful cookbook in addition to being an inspiration for all families and cooks.
Jill U.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jill U. on December 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful cookbook in addition to being an inspiration for all families and cooks. My favorite hobby is cooking for my family and friends, and Sunday dinners have long been a tradition going back to my own Grandmother's table when I was a child. It was over her table that I got to know her and my grandfather and share time and fellowship with my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Without those times together I wonder if we would be as close as we are today.
This book however, is absolutely beautiful. It offers an endless array of menu ideas and wonderful, delicious recipes to satisfy any taste. I think the layout is perfectly done -- each menu is preluded with stories of the food selection and the meaning that Sunday dinner has had for people in their lives. The book is highly inspirational in this respect, taking us back to a simpler time, that doesn't have to remain in the past.
Some of the recipes are labor intensive -- which I don't mind because I enjoy cooking -- however I can understand that it might be a burden for the time-sensitive cook. I don't see anything wrong with substitutions made from time to time for added convenience (like ready made rolls instead of handmade, for example). But the recipes that I have tried are delicious and reminiscent of foods that my grandmother used to make when we would be over for Sunday dinner.
This book contains dozens of "traditions" for the entire year, which I feel will inspire many cooks and leave loving memories for their family and friends for decades to come.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "dakach" on November 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
As I glanced over the pages, I was immediately reminded of Sunday dinners at our home. This book not only introduces the reader to exciting meal planning but gives us insight into family
gatherings that stay with you long after the last bite. It is truly inspirational and makes a wonderful gift for the next family get-together.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This truly is a beautiful cookbook.
It is at home on the coffee table as well as in the kitchen.
American regional cooking is highlighted by short vignettes on
the importance of Sunday family meals.
The photography is stunning, the paper of quality stock, the
book lies flat (!), the recipes are exquisite but straight
forward, and each recipe is on a single page. No turning pages
in mid-recipe!
The author has written many interesting and informative articles
for the _Washington_Post_ newspaper. The recipes have had
delicious results from my kitchen. His writing style is very
personable, clear, precise, and easy to follow.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bill Marsano on April 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
By Bill Marsano. Well! Not so many years ago the "futurists" whose job it is to see what the next few years will bring boldly predicted that Americans would soon eat fully half of their meals outside the home. I laughed; I scoffed; I failed to see the light. Here it is 20 years or so later and the futurists were right. We breakfast at McDonald's and IHOP; we lunch there too; and we eat dinner at "family restaurants" like Sizzler, Outback, Ponderosa and the Olive Garden. Of course when I say 'we' I don't include me, and that's not because I'm a snob who thinks the Rusty Scupper, Mario's Pasta Garden and the like are beneath him (although I wouldn't eat at any of them on a bet). It's just that I just don't like restaurants in general, even the tony and expensive ones. I like to eat at home with friends and family, and I wish more people did. They'd eat better and save a bundle besides.
A fellow who wishes likewise is Russell Cronkhite, who spent 12 years as executive chef of Blair House, the official guest quarters provided to international dignitaries visiting Washington, D.C. When Cronkhite says that what he cooked for important foreign guests was, essentially, "Sunday dinner," he means it in the traditional over-the-river-and-through-the-woods-to-grandmother's-house-we-go, Leave It to Beaver manner. In other words, the sort of dinner that too many of us don't bother with any more.
That's what Cronkhite gives us here, hoping we'll be brave enough to tackle something grand instead of ordering take-out again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Hills on May 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My mother for the past 3 years or so, has been putting on these elaborate Sunday dinners after church. She pulls out all the stops and leaves no detail undone. The perfect dinnerware, themes, etc.. And let me tell you, the food is out of this world. She's a southern woman and can she ever cook!

I saw this book when I was looking for recipe books for my mother, as she is always looking for new ways to razzle-dazzle us. When I saw the name of the book, I was curious and needed to read a review or two and look at the description. SOLD!! I had it delivered to her and she loves it. I got a chance to look it over once or twice and it has the most wonderful stories and recipes in it. It's a heart-warming family book. Something you'd almost deem worthy of "heirloom" status.

If you love, family, food and cooking, look no further. This is the cook book for you!
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