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Clara's Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 27, 2009
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About the Author
CLARA CANNUCCIARI is 94 years old and lives in Skaneateles, New York. Her grandson, CHRISTOPHER CANNUCCIARI, is a filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn. His latest film is New Brooklyn.
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Top Customer Reviews
This small book is full of memories, photos, and recipes from the 1920s and 30s--a peek into the life of Clara and her parents, brother, and extended Italian immigrant family as they struggled to get along in hard times. Reading Clara's stories is like sitting down with your own grandmother, and you may be inspired to seek out a grandparent or great-aunt or -uncle and find out how they survived those difficult years.
The recipes are mostly very simple--Dandelion Salad, Eggs and Potatoes, Pasta with Beans...with Broccoli...with Escarole--and mostly stem from traditional Italian cooking. Lots of pasta, lots of greens, lots of eggplant, supplemented with eggs and potatoes and tomato sauce.
And yet, though the dishes seem simple by today's standards, there's a lot of nutritional common sense to be found here, too, as Clara's family used fresh vegetables from their own garden and minimal meat, as it was too expensive for everyday use.
Clara's cheerfulness and practicality shine through her words, as she remembers the fun of family holidays and the luxury of Sunday chicken dinners, but she doesn't minimize the stress and sadness that parents and children dealt with as they struggled to make ends meet. I was especially touched by her brief description of having to drop out of high school in the tenth grade because her family needed her to be out working and bringing in money. Simply told, but you can feel her regret.
This is living history, perfectly captured. A gem of a book.
We have become such a throw away society that to not waste anything is almost a foreign concept.
Clara will tell you about her life in this book as well as on line. 'Clara's Kitchen' not only contains her philosophy but her recipes as well. Some will not be used unless you want to pull up dandelions but why not teach your children and grandchildren what true use of all of our resources can be. With the mainly vegetarian recipes meals will be healthier too, not to mention a boon for a vegetarian; since meat was scarce in the depression.
Learn how to make bread for your family it's satisfying, better for you and saves money as will all the advice in this little book.
She is such a sweet heart and her stories so touching, I almost shed a few teas. And no one died so far! Its a happy story of bonding in a family. Do be prepared to get misty eyed at least. Its not all recipes. Its her life and its not over.
Thank you Clara for sharing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great reading, how people survived during the great depression. She shows how to make cheap food. Most people could not even afford meat in those days. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Moses
It was a joy getting to know Clara and reading her simple, but hearty recipes. Hard to imagine people had so little to construct a meal.Published 21 days ago by Georgianna Cook
I wanted the actual book but couldn't find it so this will do. I love the stories, photos and recipes. I would have loved to meet Clara!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I'm so excited to try the recipes in this book. Most look easy and delicious!Published 1 month ago by S. Puly
This cookbook is fun to read and Clara is so lovable. Great inspiration for those on a budget and a throwback to a simpler time.Published 1 month ago by Linda
The only drawback with this wonderful book was that it ended too soon..I absolutely love her..She reminds me of my very southern Grandmother and her ability to make something... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I did not live through the depression but my mother, father, aunt, uncle, etc. did. Very little of what is in this book is the "hard times" food they cooked (when asked to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer