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At Home on the Range Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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Sara Nelson, Oprah Magazine
"This book is a beautiful time capsule that looks back to the roots of American gastronomy, when the values of gardening and fresh ingredients were the primary inspiration. Margaret Yardley Potter’s warm, witty stories and recipes show us that our great-grandmothers instinctually understood that food is central to a life well-lived."
"Author Elizabeth Gilbert (A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage) does a wonderful service by bringing back the opinionated, modern-for-its-time cookbook of her eccentric great-grandmother Gima” Yardley Potter, first published in 1947... Chapters are devoted lovingly to what foods best to bring hospitalized friends, mastering cocktails, and organizing emergency meals and effortless entertaining. In her bright, determined tone (Is your cigarette finished? Let’s go”), Yardley Potter assures us a generation before Julia Child that we can tackle bouillabaisse, preserves, bread, and grandmother’s sacred sponge cake."
"This is a cookbook for modern times and modern cooks, full of sassy jokes and smartly written recipes."
"Delightfully humorous and remarkably insightful."
"A precious find."
'At Home on the Range' is, in fact, a cookbook. But it is so much, much more than a cookbook. It is a memoir of one woman’s life, her marriage, and her full and happy years taking care of a family. It is also the encapsulation of the spirit of this particular womanMargaret Yardley Potter of Philadelphia, who died in 1955on the page, in such full-flowered glory that she seems by the close of the volume to be someone that we know intimately."
"This is not just a book of recipes (though it has plenty of those, a perfect recipe for pressed chicken among them), but also a cookbook for life."
"[Potter] is a wonderful, entertaining writer and a keen observer."
"For pure reading pleasure, try Margaret Yardley Potter, otherwise knowns as the memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert's great-grandmother... Adventurous and funny, she could have drunk and smoked Elizabeth David, M.F.K. Fisher and probably even Dorothy Parker under the table."
New York Times Book Review
"Yardley Potter's prose is laced with literary references and is as much fun to read as her dinner parties must have been to attend."
The New Yorker
A beautiful, moving, often funny collection of essays and instructions from a very eloquent writer.”
Bracketed by Gilbert's affectionate commentary, At Home is a warm and witty memoir that captures Potter's spirited approach to cooking and just about everything else A book for all ages. What a gem.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Elizabeth Gilbert is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Eat, Pray, Love, now a major motion picture. In 2008, Time magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Top Customer Reviews
There is an excellent introduction by her great-granddaughter.
There are menus and instructions. Recipes included are: soups, pot roasts and other meats, foods for the brave, hard shells, fish, greens, sauces, salads and dressings, desserts, preserves, breads, drinks, eggs, parties, breakfasts, from the bar.
Recipes are in paragraph form, but there is a complete index. There are no pictures of the dishes. Some of the dishes require an adventuresome stomach, such as; calf brains with black butter, eels or fried tripe. Our family has enjoyed her recipe for meat loaf that also has a bit of ham in it, her baked squash and her pizza, which at the time she described as the "odd appearing dish".
This is a book cookbook collectors would enjoy and even those who like to read social history.
it is a gem of a book , and I am glad that it was brought back to life, especially because the proceeds goes to a good cause. - [...]
The author was a woman who was rich as a child but financially poor as an adult, but who maintained her taste for excellent food. Therefore her recipes were excellent and 'gourmet,' but inexpensive when it was published (most of them still are, but some of the ingredients, like wild grapes and cockscombs, are a lot harder to come by now then they seem to have been then).
There are especially good chapters on what every kitchen needs ('Hot Stuff for the Range Owner,') and on what you can make with what should usually be in your pantry anyway ('Egg Yourself on in Emergencies'). I am glad the author's granddaughter re-published this. I borrowed this from the library and am happy to buy it now from amazon.
And there are plenty of recipes. OK, a number of them are for brains and tripe, and I'm sorry, but they're two things I'm just NOT going to try. On the other hand, should I lose my mind and do just that, her recipes are the first I'll look for.
The author reminds me of Julia Child, only without the French culinary background. She tried things, liked them, and managed to get the recipes. Brava, hon. This is a fabulous collection. The intro by Ms. Gilbert just makes it that much better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At Home on the Range is ostensibly a cookbook, but it's really a great read about food and home life and entertaining in the northeast in the middle of the 20th century. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tasha
I didn't realize this book would be a cookbook, but it's excellent. It's humorous. And I feel like Liz is dictating the recipes to me personally. A+Published 10 months ago by Monica Dema
I just got this and look forward to reading this and trying the recipes.Published 16 months ago by Lisa N
A treasure of food and story. The Potter family was raised on food and lots of love, which is evident in the book and continues to flourish through Elizabeth Gilbert and I'm sure... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bobbe Allender
– a lovely, lively green apple of a book – tart, crisp and delicious! What a delight it must have been to be invited to one of Gima’s dinner parties or to join in the fun at the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by J.P.
I actually bought this book at a discount book store while living abroad in Australia and I have to admit I wasn't expecting too much since the price was so low. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Victoria Spice
The first word I think of to describe this book is hysterical! In her day, the author had all sorts of tricks up her sleeve to make slim pickings in the cupboard into repasts to... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nancy Lang