A Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Recipes Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Publication date : February 6, 2016
- File size : 9124 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 164 pages
- Publisher : A Blue Kitten Book (February 6, 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01BJB5F7G
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1523908416
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,371,035 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I love family histories. When our kids were younger and we were homeschooling, we made it a point to search out real life stories of “normal” everyday life in earlier times. This history of the Wik family presents a fascinating view of life in a large farm family around the time of the Great Depression. Even reading it, I can’t imagine the young widow expecting her 11th child and soldiering on with such grace. The details were also fascinating. I’d never considered gophers a financial resource – “The county paid a bounty on gophers and crows, as they were thought to be destructive to farm crops— three cents for gophers, five cents for flicker tails (a larger breed of gophers), and five cents for crows.”
My major complaint with this book is that it seems to be two books. The recipes, although authentic, aren’t strongly tied in with the family history that surrounds them. I’d expected to see more details on when or why certain recipes were used. Without that tie in, I think this would be a stronger book without the recipes. The book would also have greatly benefited from editing, or at least proofreading. There were a fair number of typos.
I really enjoyed reading this book. It had some wonderful stories and vignettes about the Wik family who had immigrated to the United States plains and prairies from Sweden in the early 1900s and continues through the Great Depression. The stories were highly relatable for me, as my own great grandparents immigrated to America from Norway and Sweden to the plains and prairies of Minnesota during the early 1900s.
The recipes are easy to follow and are foods that were commonly served in this time, as evidenced by similar recipes in my own grandmother's recipe box. Foods like Cold Slaw and Pork Chops. I still make these foods today and was happy to find some new ones like the scrapple recipe in this book that I can try out. They aren't culinary masterpieces but just honest down-home good cooking that many a farmer looked forward to after a long day of hard work back when times seemed simpler but more laborsome.
This book won't win awards and I'm sure someone will nitpick about a typo or grammar, but I really think this book is worth a read and while you are at it, make up a recipe or two and think about the men and women who came far and built up this great nation of ours. 5 stars from me.
Midwest memories with sketches of maps and instructions on how to do certain things.
Home canning and breakfast of days gone by compared to what we eat today.
Talks about Inex Clifford and how remarkable she was in the time.
Bread making with recipes and I'm going to try the cornbread for our meal tonight. Just trying to find the perfect one for us.
Facts and history of how others arrived in the area. What they did for fun, carried in their lunch pails and the era of the radio.
Made the corn bread and it came out perfect, doesn't crumble and is sweet enough, no grit. I even substituted the shortening with vegetable oil.