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The Little House Cookbook: Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Storiesby Barbara Walker
Synopses & Reviews
Laura Ingalls Wilder grew up on the prairie, where food was something one worked for, cooking was a big part of daily life, and mealtime was a chance to gather with family and give thanks. By watching Pa hunt and farm and by helping Ma prepare the food, Laura learned the pleasures that come from a family working together. Laura also experienced the joy that comes from sharing food, made with love and care, with family and friends.
Here are over 100 unique recipes celebrating the foods and cooking techniques of Laura's pioneer childhood. Taken from dishes described in the beloved Little House books, these recipes were carefully researched by Barbara M. Walker and tested in her own kitchen. From pancake men and pumpkin pie to vanity cakes and ice cream, these recipes give adults and children alike the chance to experience a taste of Laura's childhood, reminding us of the connection between the food on the table and the work involved in getting it there.
"A culinary and literacy feast." The Horn Book
In My Prairie Cookbook, Melissa Gilbert, star of Little House on the Prairie, offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favorites. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches to treats inspired by Nellieandrsquo;s restaurant, the 80 simple and delicious dishesandmdash;crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, corn bread, apple pie, and moreandmdash;present Bonnet Heads (die-hard Little House fans) with the chance to eat like the Ingalls family.
Gilbertandrsquo;s personal recollections and memorabilia, including behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes, and more than 75 treasured scrapbook images, accompany the recipes. With answers to the most-asked questions from fansandmdash;on topics including the biggest bloopers, on-set romances, and what Michael Landon was really likeandmdash;My Prairie Cookbook is a cherished memento for Little House fans and fans of simple prairie cooking alike.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -231) and index.
About the Author
Barbara Walker discovered the Little House series when her daughter, Anna, was four and fond of serial stories and kitchen craft. What began as pleasant diversion — recreating frontier food — became serious study for the author after a family trip west by way of some Little House sites. Eight years of intermittent reading, writing, and testing produced The Little House Cookbook.
Anna is now married and has her own little house. Barbara Walker still writes on a variety of subjects from the home she shares with her husband outside Ossining, New York. She regrets the disappearance of lard piecrust, hard cheese, and sausage from her diet but finds solace in making bread from her original sourdough starter.
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