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Festivals Family and Food Paperback – 1982
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This book seemed like a good fit. I like All Year Round from what I have seen of a friend's copy, but shy away from outright purchase of it because of the Christian tone (we're Unitarian-types). So I got this instead thinking it would fit a similar scope minues the religious agenda. It seemed like it did. It seems like it should. But it just didn't nail it for me.
I'll start with the foods. They are fatty and non-progressive, laden with suggestions for food coloring, mayo, sour cream, tons of butter etc. Alright I confess we're a vegan (and high-raw) family, but it's not like I was expecting vegan or raw recipes. I was hoping for more earthy, harvest-type foods. Fresh pressed fall cider, summer berries harvested in the woods, wild edible herbs and salads from your backyard, local farmer's market stuff, even canning/pickling tips, farm/garden fare and fun holiday goodies like popcorn balls, nutmeg pumpkin soups, cornbread and homemade rosemary or apple breads, cranberry sauce etc. There is some of that stuff here and there but very little of it and none it it natural and whole foods based. I always keep thinking "This food is gross.Read more ›
This is a useful book, but given its length it could have been better. Perhaps it's that the recipes aren't as accessible for Americans; I can't quite put my finger on what left me underwhelmed. Common holidays in America are of course not covered. Still, it's a very useful resource. If you're just beginning with the celebration of seasonal holidays, I'd recommend Mrs. Sharp's Victorian Traditions by Breathnach instead to start off with, then add this one later when you're ready for more.
It provides plenty of resources, but the always changing format with each content makes it also hard to go back to a certain section, as you may not find it easily. The recipes are confusing, ingredients are not listed in the order added, measurements are not clear and not well adapted for the US market. Altogether, I appreciate the book and will keep using it at occasions. I am certain the authors wanted to keep the style of the book simple and not flashy, but if the goal is to reach more people and invite them to celebrate our seasons with nature and family in mind, then I would have structured it a bit better - and really keeping it simple that way all around.
Aside from this, it's a true treasure trove of verse, crafts, stories & recipes. Buy it & you won't regret it, but do so knowing that you will need to look elsewhere if you're interested in learning more about traditional festivities from beyond the British Isles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
lots and lots of fun, poems, songs, if you are homeschooling and using the waldorf/ rudolf stiener method. this is a good first book to getPublished 22 days ago by Karen Snizek
I enjoy this book. Great resource for honoring the seasonal rhythm with your family. I was disappointed that my copy came with a barcode sticker on the front and back cover that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Emily Witkowski
This my favorite of these books! It has stories, poems, recipes and crafts for each season and many festivals (some non-religious people would recognize and others that might be... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Homestead Lady
Perfect for helping you learn about the different festivals and celebrations.Published 12 months ago by Honey of Honey's Life
This is a book I used for many years with my now grown children. My daughter requested a copy for her own use with her daughter. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Mary Swank
Festivals, Family and Food is the quintissential book on celebrating the year and the seaspns! A "must have"! Wonderful reading!Published on March 28, 2013 by Barbara Nardone
Beautiful book! I think I can sum it up in a short and simple way: a secular pagan childhood all wrapped up in one book!Published on January 20, 2013 by Michele James-Parham
Noticing some reviews that refer to the book as being outdated and too European...
Being a Midwesterner in the US, I loved the book, particularly the info related to European... Read more
It would be nice to have more pictures... very interesting book with many things for kids. My kids love it!!!Published on October 24, 2011 by Law Margarita