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The Farmer's Wife Comfort Food Cookbook: Over 300 blue-ribbon recipes! Plastic Comb – February 15, 2008

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Culled from the pages of The Farmer’s Wife, the beloved magazine published and pored over throughout America’s heartland for forty-six years, these recipes allow today’s cook to recreate all the comforting tastes of the farm kitchen--and to create new memories of food that means “home.” With straightforward directions and wholesome ingredients to suit the busiest farm wife--or twenty-first-century cook--these hearty soups and casseroles, roasts and pot pies, desserts, and refreshing beverages conjure all the sweet and savory comforts of country cooking at its best.

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Long before the Internet and high-speed travel connected us all, The Farmer’s Wife magazine gave hard-working rural women a place to find—and share—advice about everything from raising chickens to running a farm kitchen. During the 46 years the magazine was published the farmer’s wife was hard-working, thrifty, and highly-skilled in the kitchen. She was also a woman bent on nourishing her family, both body and soul; a woman with ready access to many of the ingredients we associate with comfort: butter, cheese, bacon—farm staples, all, along with eggs, fruits, and vegetables—and chocolate.
  Comfort food is simple food—relatively easy to prepare, and not requiring sophisticated palates to enjoy. These dishes provide a sense of warmth, no matter the weather—warmth from stews and casseroles, and things roasted in the oven (although recipes for cool foods have been included in the pages of this book as well, because sometimes ice cream is a comfort, and so is lemonade). Adapted for the needs of the modern kitchen, these classic recipes offer readers a chance to recreate the favorite foods they remember from days gone by.  

Here’s a sampling of the recipes you’ll find inside:

 

·  Mammy’s Corn Bread

·  Clam Chowder

·  Deviled Eggs

·  Macaroni and Cheese

·  French Stew

·  Chili Con Carne

·  Boston Baked Beans

·  Pot Pie

·  Escalloped Tuna and Peas

·  Southern Fried Chicken

·  Fried Green Tomatoes

· Rhubarb Brown Betty

·  Flapper’s Pudding

· Ginger Ale

 

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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (February 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760329249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760329245
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jane E. Garrett on December 28, 2009
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Kudos to the author for shining a light on a wonderful old magazine, one that most of us have never had the opportunity to read ! The articles that have been reproduced are charming and informative; and the recipes, straightforward and of pure ingredients, speak for themselves. Who could go wrong with menus like "Missouri Dinner for Hungry Men" or "Easy Meals for Busy Housewives" ? This book's a real gem !
--Jane E. Garrett, author of "The Market Basket: Cooking and Eating in Lawrence, Kansas, 1921-1949"
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Life without the occasional consumption of 'comfort food' would be a difficult proposition even at the best of times. From 1911 to 1939 the Minnesota based magazine 'The Farmer's Wife' focused on the lives of hard-working rural women and offered its readers sound advice for carrying out their various farm and household tasks -- including the feeding of their families. Now more than 300 of the very best and most popular of those recipes have been compiled and edited by Lela Nargi in a spiral bound cookbook (allowing it to rest openly on a kitchen counter or table) allowing modern home-makers to replicate the meals that graced the dining tables of their grandmothers. After an informative chapter on 'How To Use This Book--Read This First' and 'A Few Basics', the recipes are organized into chapters specific to Light Fare - Sandwiches and Snacks; Soups; Egg Dishes; Cheese Dishes; Noodles and Rice; Stews and Casseroles; Meat and Fish; Vegetables; Sweets; and Drinks'. An Index allows for the quick and easy location of individual recipes and menu building. With occasional black-and-white illustrations from the original pages of the magazine, the menus and recipes range from Tomato Toast; Baked Creole Rice; Lemon Carrots; and Meat Pie; to Corn Pudding; Oven Fried Potatoes; Squash and Apple Casserole; and Honey Cheese Crumb Pie. One especially nice touch is that each recipe carries the date of the magazine issue in which it appeared. A thoroughly delightful volume for browsing, "The Farmer's Wife Comfort Food Cookbook" is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and community library kitchen cookbook collections!
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Great cookbook! Simple recipes using basic equipment and techniques... nothing fancy, just easy "scratch" cooking.

The book itself is of high quality: front & back covers are solid with plastic spiral binding. The black and white layout is clear, with the recipes easily identifiable, and sprinkled throughout are vintage photos, drawings and articles... a real treat! The recipes are wonderfully simple, with common ingredients and a comfort-food appeal. I particularly love that all of the recipes are dated, identifying when they were published in The Farmer's Wife magazine between 1893-1939. Without doubt, this cookbook will become a staple reference.

The recipes, the refreshing simplicity, the overall book quality with vintage images and articles, and the old-fashioned/depression-era appeal of the back-to-basics home cooking makes this TOTALLY RECOMMENDED!
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While everyone defines comfort food differently, the editors in this case have defined it as the kind of food we used to have, back when goods were home canned, and families gathered around the table for dinner instead of the television.

These recipes are written as closely as possible to the original text and each recipe is dated with the date it originally appeared in Farmer's Wife Magazine. Because of the nature of the recipes, they are not only historical, but also very practical.

It gives suggestions for modern adaptations in the front, and even though we don't cook the same way today, a majority of these recipes are excellent for company or potlucks. I do suggest that it would be a very nice gift at a wedding shower, allowing new brides glimpses of old tips and hints they might otherwise miss.
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This book is AWESOME for people cooking meals from stuff we grow at home. Every ingredient is either from the farm/garden or very inexpensive, and every recipe is easy. The picky eaters in my family have not turned their noses up at the meals, either.
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