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The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories Paperback – September 7, 1989
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Over 100 authentic recipes of pioneer food from the pages of Laura Ingalls Wilder's series are included in this book. All ages.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
“More than a cookbook, this social history is an extension of the Wilder books done with the same spirit of care and love.” (School Library Journal)
“A culinary and literary feast.” (The Horn Book)
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The reading is fairly simple, laid out in plain text format. Each recipe lists the name, the excerpt from the original Little House books including Farmer Boy during which said recipe was mentioned, the ingredients and instructions. I appreciate how the author introduces herself and her inspiration for creating The Little House Cookbook and the great lengths she went to to accurately piece together recipes from the Frontier time era and her source credits.
The recipes call for mostly staple items so most of them will be pretty easy to acquire (e.g., flour, sugar, butter, cream, eggs). However, some of the wild game recipes may be very difficult if not impossible to acquire ingredients for (e.g., fowl, roasted pig, starlings). Still, it's a good read and will come in handy for treats for friends and family. Already I have friends who are yearning for some of the dessert and bread recipes!
The recipes are well laid out with a lot of history. It makes an excellent tool of discussion and education with students who are reading the series or families who enjoy watching re-runs of the tv show.
Some of the recipes don't adapt well to things you can easily get at the supermarket, but just reading those recipes is fun and modern cooks will find the difference in technique and ingredients very interesting. We are so used to being able to get so many alternative ingredients, to having 50 kinds of oil to choose from at the grocery store, that just the use of salt pork or bacon in so many common dishes is a good conversation. Being able to discuss cooking methods, economical measures, and working with what was available are all good things to explore with your children.
I got it as a way of encouraging my daughter to read the original series. It's hard getting her interested in novels sometimes, but she loves cookbooks and historical recipes. Using it that way has worked, she's been slowly going through the series and enjoying it.
Highly recommended for fans of the show or the books obviously, but also a good resource for people who enjoy reenacting history. Many of the recipes are accurate for the Civil War Era.