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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604628189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604628180
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,677,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I learned to cook the way my Mother cooked and that was without measuring anything. One day a few years ago, my daughter told me that if I didn't do anything else before I died, please write down my Banana Pudding recipe. So I did and that started me to thinking, why not write down other recipes too and then why not write a cookbook for my kids.

Most women have a thing about buying cookbooks. We have tons of them but how many have more than 2 or 3 recipes in them that we actually use? None of mine do. They either have at least 1 ingredient I don't like or they're too fancy to feed the meat and potato man. So I started going through my books and magazines and taking from one recipe and adding from another until I had what I thought was the perfect recipe which meant it tasted good to me. Then it hit me that I needed another opinion. I started taking dishes over to a friend and when she wasn't home I took them to another friend. This started what I call my "testers" of which I now have about 25. And believe me they don't like to be left out when a new dish is being passed around. I live in a condo and about half of my testers live there too. You won't believe how many times I've sneaked dishes over to one condo hiding it from another. Good thing I have a dog to give me an excuse to be out walking that much. I did start an "early morning weekend coffee club" but not many like to be up, out and at my house by 8:00 in the morning on a weekend. Those that do make it get to test a new breakfast dish and are treated to flavored coffee.

As I came up with my recipes I started noticing that a lot of them were foods I had cooked for years without measuring so they really weren't new, they were those old favorites that were being lost over time. They also reminded me of moments in my life that may not have been funny when they happened but were funny now. And they always seemed to have some sort of lesson in them. I wanted my book to be different so I decided to add some of those stories.

I also noticed that after talking to a few young adults that some were never taught things that are simple to us such as "how to peel a boiled egg". Most of us "Baby Boomers" learned from at home mothers, grandmothers and aunts. But being a Baby Boomer, most of us worked outside the home and didn't have time to teach our girls the simple things of cooking. This gave me the idea to add tips to my book.

There may not seem to be many recipes in my book but if you will use the imagination in your taste buds and do as I have by taking away things you don't like and adding things you do like, you will find that these 100 recipes are actually the basis for many more. « less

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Debra Purdy Kong on May 27, 2009
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When it comes to creating recipes, I have little imagination so I turn to cookbooks for ideas. My problem with many of them, though, is that the recipes are either too complicated or the ingredients too hard to find. So it was with great pleasure that I discovered Stir, Laugh, Repeat by Martha A. Cheves. Her straightforward recipes reflect her southern U.S. background and use simple, affordable ingredients. Cheves provides a number of money-saving tips which is greatly appreciated.

If you love cheese and white chocolate (not together) you'll love this book because the author's a fan of both and features these items in several recipes. As a bonus, Cheves also offers personal stories and a practical tip with each recipe, which gives the book a personal touch.

My only quibble is that it'll be hard to keep the book open when I try some of the recipes, which is why I usually prefer coil bound cookbooks. Also, there are a couple of ingredients such as Parker House rolls that aren't available here in Canada so I'll have to find a substitute. Meanwhile, I really need to start on that banana pudding recipe!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2009
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The recipes in this book are the treasured kind of American home cooking you find in regional church cookbooks. (Artichoke chicken, fried pickles, chikin'n'dumplins, chicken-fried beef tips.) Note; not diet food. But these are great for covered-dish events or when nothing but "mommy-food" will soothe your jagged nerves.

The humor is genuine, the anecdotes are fun (my fave, using horse corn to make creamed corn.)

This book could be your secret recipe horde to impress the potluck crowd.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary Deal on December 21, 2010
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"Stir, Laugh, Repeat" by Martha A. Cheves is not only a great cookbook, it is a fun read. The first day I received the book, I perused it to find a recipe to sample. In reading, I found these recipes, some for all meals and snacks, easy and quick. A recipe that takes only one paragraph to tell how to throw all the ingredients together for a scrumptious dish is my kind of book. Then Martha gives a little history for each recipe about how that food was used in her own cooking at home. But that's not all. Following every recipe is a Tip for the cook. One of my favorites was:

"When my three kids were young, we would have a Mystery TV Dinner Night. Each night when I cooked dinner, before it went on the table, I would take a plastic sectioned plate and put a full serving of everything on the plate, wrap it in plastic wrap and then tightly wrap it in foil and put it into the freezer. On Mystery Night, everyone would go to the freezer and take out a dish. You couldn't peek. Each plate would be microwaved and that was your meal for the night. You may have country fried steak, spaghetti, fish, even chili. It was fun watching the kids open their meals. They were never disappointed because I would make sure it was filled with food they liked."

Martha Cheves knows how to feed her family and have fun, too, and now shares her recipes with us. Oh yes, the recipe I chose to make first was the Strawberry Nut Crunch. I made it with Macadamia nuts. It was so delightful, I will make it again, and enough of it for about 50 people at a big celebratory potluck. I'll also be taking this delightful book to share with others.

Review by Mary Deal, author of "The Tropics," "The Ka," the award winning "River Bones," and "Down to the Needle."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kennedy on March 18, 2010
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Like many cookbook collectors, I'm always on the lookout for a new cookbook and I've found it in Stir, Laugh, Repeat. The range of recipes is enormous, and all of the selections are fun, easy and a joy to prepare. I can see that the Coconut Loaf Cake is going to be a family favorite, with Pina Colada cake also at the top of the list. This is a fun book and the recipes are terrific, I also love the comments that Martha includes. She offers little stories about her experiences making the recipes, the reactions of the taste testers,etc. Whether you're looking for something fabulous to take to a party (Coconut Ice Box Sheet Cake)or a quick recipe for Sunday breakfast (Monkey Bread) you are bound to find something here to delight you! I had tried several of Martha's recipes on her website and just had to have this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on December 11, 2011
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My wife and I were vacationing in the Hudson Valley recently and stopped at a quintessential northeastern town for lunch. Afterwards we browsed an antique store where we bought a very old and heavy wooden rolling pin. I thought at the time, what fascinating stories and recipes this antique must hold. Now I've some idea. "Stir, Laugh, Repeat" is a cookbook that delivers not only delicious snacks, meals and desserts, but stories behind them--real life events that contribute as much to the experience of preparing the meals as the recipes themselves. Martha Cheves has a refreshing sense of humor, a sweet lady--like having a favorite relative in the kitchen advising you. ("Chuck's Fruit Salad" is a quick fix and a favorite). "Stir, Lauch, Repeat" would make a nice stocking stuffer for anyone you know who'd enjoy a warm and friendly hand in the kitchen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Liliana Badd on November 18, 2010
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I highly enjoyed this book. The stories accompanying the recipes add a special flavor, making them even more delicious. It's a non-conventional cooking book, a little gem to be read and treasured.

Author Liliana Badd
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