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At Willa Cather's Tables: The Cather Foundation Cookbook (Volume III in the Willa Cather Foundation Monograph Series) Paperback – 2010
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A wonderful addition to the kitchen. Add this historical cookbook to your collection. It features receipts from The Cather Foundation along with some of those great old receipts grandma use to make.
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page of recipes,[a yummy pineapple cookie recipe], it says that there is a recipe below fot the cookie glaze-- it is not there.
If you have read any of Cather's fiction, you will be delighted by the connections this book draws between places and cuisines as diverse as the American Southwest, French Canada, Civil-War-era Virginia, 1890s Pittsburgh, Bohemia, Scandinavia, and the French countryside and Cather's fictional characters. Then you will find yourself returning to Cather's books with heightened appreciation for an author whom Rebecca West called "the most sensuous of writers." But if you have never read any Cather at all, "At Willa Cather's Tables" will be perhaps an even greater treat because it introduces you to her and her works through one of the most pleasurable of human activities--eating well-prepared food in the company of people we love. I can't think of a nicer, more accessible way to make the acquaintance of this writer. And when you do read her work, as I'm sure you'll be tempted to after trying some of these delicious recipes, you will appreciate even more what Ann Romines has accomplished in assembling "At Willa Cather's Tables." It's a success at every level.
Cookbook editor and Cather scholar Ann Romines continues this understanding when she writes in the introduction to this cookbook that "Cather's personal life...testifies to her close attention to the pleasures (and occasionally the horrors) of the table" (iv). As Romines invites us to read about and cook the foods served in Cather's fiction and her everyday life, the editor encourages us to tangibly take part in a memory of our reading by cooking the foods present in the narrative. We can make Willa Cather's remembered experiences present simply by following the recipes. When we serve up the food we have cooked remembering the context of its fictional source, we come nearer to the emotional and cultural weight Cather applies to these food moments. She relies on our mutual understanding of the additional layers of meaning that go along with certain foods and the settings in which they are served.
Not only do we grow closer to Cather when using this cookbook, but the recipes are wonderful! The food could stand by itself, even if it didn't make Willa Cather and the heartland of America come more alive to us.