The Country Kitchen

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Wayne State University Press, 1992 - Cooking - 264 pages
First published in 1936, Della Lutes's semi-autobiographical tale was widely acclaimed. Readers today will delight in her stories of life in late nineteenth-century rural Michigan, complete with descriptions of authentic country folks, reflections on family and community events, and especially, details of sharing meals together that recapture expressions of warmth and love and fond childhood memories. The book includes an index to recipes hidden within the humorous narrative.
 

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A marvellous read, being an autobiographical kitchen based memoir of the author's childhood on a Michigan farm in the 1880s, first published in 1938. Scout out these recollections of 'Outdoor Cooking ... Read full review

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This engaging, heartwarming book is told from Ms. Lutes' memory, recounting a cantankerous but loving father, her mother, whose gift for cooking was truly amazing, and a group of neighbors and eccentric relatives who often came to visit for holidays and Sunday supper. Interspersed with Ms. Lutes' recollections of country life are recipes, woven into the story so as to move it forward while not 'breaking the narrative line'. Some of her 'receipts' include: doughnuts (she prefers to call them "friedcakes"), beef soup, baked beans, hash, apple pie, custard pudding, mashed potatoes, and many more. Anyone who loves to cook will simply adore this book. I found my copy (believe it or not), in a thrift shop; clearly no one knew what a treasure they had tossed in the bins, waiting for me to pay $1.00 for it, and... in mint condition. If you are lucky enough to find THE COUNTRY KITCHEN, keep it and treasure it. I promise it will earn a place, nestled among your favorite cookbooks - which is just where it belongs! 

Contents

THE NEW YEAR
3
WINTER WEARS ON
25
FOR ALL GOOD THINGS
45
THE SIMPLE EPICURE
80
OLD WART
97
OUTDOOR COOKING AND EATING
118
THE SUNDAY SCHOOL PICNIC
137
THE COUNTY FAIR
154
MY FATHER HELPS TO ENTERTAIN THE LADIES AID
175
BREAKFAST OLD STYLE
196
LITTLE RUNT
217
A SIMPLE CHRISTMAS
241
For THE Cooks CoNVENIENCE
263
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