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Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook
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Some of the older recipes may not please the current generation (smoked liver pudding, anyone?), and some of the more recent recipes are fairly common (for example, chili con queso or spinach dip made with vegetable soup mix). However, collections of recipes of this type are charming and you might even try a few of the recipes. But the Kindle edition is too difficult to use. There is no Table of Contents or Index which means that it is nearly impossible to easily find recipes or quickly scan through them to find one you might be interested to try. The paperback version would undoubtably be more practical.
Because of this, I am only giving the eBook version 2 stars.
(In addition, I wonder if there might be a few errors in some of the recipes. For example, I find it difficult to believe that chicken wings can be baked for 1 1/2 hours at 450 degrees without burning them to a crisp.)
The Pennsylvania Dutch culture is one that can only be experienced first hand and like many cultures, it revolves around food. My parents' families were quite large and my memories of them are just as grandois. Every Sunday, after Mass, we would gather at my father's "homestead", where Gramma G would serve breakfast; the kids always prayed she had made her apple cinnamon roles, but were happy to settle for "dippy eggs", venision sausage with toasted home-made bread slathered with her Elderberry Jam. My aunts, uncles and Gramma would sit around the table drinking very strong percolated coffee (we tried to keep Aunt Sis from making it), while the children would be out back gathering apples or elderberries for Gramma to turn into wonderful treats. Besides Gramma G always had a special kid size apple pie hidden away for each of us little ones for when the adults went to their "club" meetings at the end of the meal.
The downside to this upbringing is that many, if not all of the recipes were hand me downs from the prior generation. Measurements like a pinch of salt, a handful of flour or a dabble of butter were common - an actual unit of measurement were in cookbooks (which any self respecting woman would not use - well, unless it was for the church cookbook)!. Children would learn at the stove with Mothers, Aunts and Grandmothers - but lack of attention and wonderful adventures outside pulled us away before we committed the recipes to memory.Read more ›
If you're a cook who wants a cut and dried recipe book organized into types of dishes with an index, go to Walmart. There are a million cookbooks like that.
However, this book will appeal to you if you love memoirs, travel books, and charming newspaper columns about real people with recipes thrown into the mix. The fun of wandering through the pages and discovering the next great story is one of the best things about it. This warm, delightful book is not just about food, but charm, family history, and stories from real flesh and blood folks. Another winner from Ms. Valentine.
While there is not table of contents, it works for this cookbook as it's meant to be read as more of a book rather than a cookbook. You can use the search feature to find recipes or you can leisurely read through the book and use the bookmark feature to save your favorite recipes.
If you want to try some good home cooking you will find the following recipes in this cookbook:
Delicious Mock Pate
Lisa's Party Mix
Mom's Freezer Coleslaw
Gram's Holiday Gelatin Salad
Quick and Easy Fish Chowder
Lisa's Cincinnati Chili
Kale or other Green's Soup
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the personal comments about family who used these recipes and stories how and when they prepared these delicious dishesPublished 13 months ago by David Isbell
I downloaded this cookbook free from amazon.com and after reading it through wanted to have a hard copy so I could refer to the
recipes more easily. Read more
I found this book to be much like the opportunity to visit with old family members, who were eager to share some of their history, hopes, dreams, secrets, and of course, recipes. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Terry Milton
I got hungry the second I opened this cookbook. The recipes look fabulous. I cannot wait to try most of them. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Cinisajoy
I rarely give a book a 5-star rating and I have never written a review for a cookbook. I never thought I would find one that inspired me to do one of these, let alone both! Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by alioop