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A Skillet, a Spatula, and a Dream by [Bretton, Barbara]
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Length: 84 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Barbara Bretton (July 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EDNMJ4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I've not read the whole cookbook but in my brief skim, there were a few errors that I find unforgivable in a cookbook. I only left 3 stars because I wanted to give the author the benefit of the doubt that the errors only existed on the one recipe that caught my eye (cape may clam chowder). In the ingredients list for the recipe, it calls for "two bottles" Two bottles of what? My guess would have been clam juice but if I am correct then she also missed the method step where they were added in. On this same recipe, the method calls for you to add the scallops to the dish. Sort of odd for a clam chowder recipe but even odder that the ingredients list does not call for scallops. So, what is correct?
The homemade hot fudge sauce looks pretty good and I plan on trying it. I will re-edit this review if I find that the book was better (or worse) than I originally thought.
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Barbara Bretton's cookbook is a delight, a real gem.

I hate most cookbooks. Many of them have no real reason to exist. Sometimes, I wonder if the author had ever made the recipes! A lot of them seem to be collections of recipes plucked from ads in women's magazines or the backs of cans.

It's easy to tell that these are Barbara's favorite recipes. The collection is eclectic and uneven, just like the cards in your mother's recipe box, and it's pretty apparent that she's not only typed in the recipe on the card, but she includes notes on how she ACTUALLY makes the recipe!

I don't like it when recipes call for "patent foods", things like Cool-Whip or Betty Crocker White Cake Mix, because the recipes for those things change over the years. Mrs. Bretton suggests Rotel diced tomatoes in one recipe, but also lists an alternative - and Rotel is pretty basic, being tomatoes and hot peppers diced together. She calls for broth, and recommends College (College Inn?) but she suggests vegetable stock or soup base and filtered water would be suitable as well. These aren't "convenience food mash ups", these are recipes for REAL foods. The one problem is "Spike" seasoning. It's available online - but a $3 bottle of seasoning costs $6 to ship.

Most cookbooks are fairly boring to read. When my late first wife got The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines: China, Greece, and Rome, she thought it was a wonderful read. When she tried to follow the recipes, though, they were terrible, not just one of them, but all the recipes. The recipes in Mrs.
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I cook a lot. I also devour more cookbooks than food (no matter what the scale says). For years, I've been looking for a recipe for pad thai that didn't have a million esoteric ingredients and was actually viable for someone with a normal kitchen. It is in this book! It's there!

I have yet to try any of the other recipes, because I've been studying my face with pad thai. If they are half as good, if they are half as easy... Well, I might stop obsessively buying cookbooks.

Thank you so much!
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Even if you hate to cook, don't miss this book. For me, the recipes were incidental to the insights Barbara Bretton gave into her life. It was a pure delight to make my way through the book, learning more about an author whose work I've admired for (dare I admit it?) decades.
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I just love this woman! She writes with such ease it actually feels like you've having a conversation with her. I probably won't try every recipe but I bet money that I'll read this book a few more times. Her novels are written the same way. It's like getting the best gossip told to you in the most entertaining way, story form. It's a pleasure to read anything she writes.
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I had no idea when I started reading that this was a cook book....I probably would have quit reading after that realization with any other author. Not this one. I read, cover to cover, Barbara Bretton's cookbook. And I'll read it again, not only for the yummy recipes, but also because I genuinely feel like I know , and like Mrs. Bretton. Her personality radiates from the pages and it is a shining one that does. I have read a few of her books lately after discovering her on Amazon and I will continue on. Please read!!!
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Yum!
That tells it all... Okay most of it!
The family stories that go along with the recipes make them taste much better because of the love and memories associated with them.
I actually made quite a few of the recipes and I enjoy the real down to earth comments that help you to adjust her family's recipes. They were all wonderful, tasted great and had a nice presentation, too.
Thank you for sharing them!
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This is a great receipe book! It is made with fairly simple ingredients and the author Barbara Bretton is a cook after my own heart, one bowl, easy clean up kind of simple receipes. Plus the best part is each receipe has a little story of where she got it, how she fixes hers differently, or memories associated with the time and place she used to make it. It's like having a little private time with the writer and learning about her private life; you never get that level of personal in just reading her stories.
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