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Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader

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by Jan Karon, Martha McIntosh (Editor)
 

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Millions of Mitford fans around the world will agree—it’s easy to put on a pound or two reading a Mitford novel. Scene after scene of the bestselling series’ colorful characters enjoying tantalizing dishes can immediately start a craving. Then, before you know it, you’ve read several pages by the glow of the refrigerator lightbulb. Packed

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Millions of Mitford fans around the world will agree—it’s easy to put on a pound or two reading a Mitford novel. Scene after scene of the bestselling series’ colorful characters enjoying tantalizing dishes can immediately start a craving. Then, before you know it, you’ve read several pages by the glow of the refrigerator lightbulb. Packed with more than 150 recipes from the Mitford novels and from the author’s own recipe box, Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader is loaded with tips, hints, jokes, culinary quotes, and delightful side-dish sidebars guaranteed to start a stomach rumbling. From Miss Sadie’s Apple Pie to Puny’s Cornbread, from Emma’s Pork Roast to Marge’s Sweet Tea with Peppermint, beloved characters come alive through their own favorite recipes. Here, too, are Karon’s reminiscences of her own family’s food traditions and—as dessert—four stories never before published in her books.

Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader is a charming companion to the Mitford series that will have readers clamoring to bring into their own kitchens the aromas and flavors that swirl within the little town with the big heart.

Editorial Reviews

Beloved characters from Jan Karon's Mitford novels come alive in this sweet combination of recipes and reminiscences. The offerings are perfect for kitchen reading: Miss Sadie's Apple Pie; Puny's Cornbread; Emma's Pork Roast; Marge's Sweet Tea with Peppermint. In addition to more than 150 recipes from the novels and from the author's recipe box, this Mitford companion is packed with cooking tips, hints, jokes, culinary quotes, and delightful side-dish sidebars. As an added bonus, this book contains four Karon stories never before published.
Publishers Weekly
"Food is a great way of communicating," says Mitford series author Karon in her charming cookbook brimming with comforting recollections, quotations, homespun kitchen wisdom and more than 150 mouthwatering recipes for foods that have appeared in the author's books. Characters in Karon's close-knit Mitford, N.C., community often get into challenging situations, and foods rich with Southern-influenced flavors of hearth and home are always close by: Marge's Deep-Dish Apple Pie, Father Tim's Beef Tenderloin, Cynthia's Lemon Squares and Uncle Billy's Sweet Potato Pie. Karon includes full-flavored classics like Louella's Cinnamon Rolls, Lottie Greer's Fried Chicken and Country Biscuits, Cynthia's Lasagna, Puny's Macaroni and Cheese, and Lew Boyd's Chocolate Cake, all with nary a calorie counted. There's even a recipe for dog biscuits and one for creating a "Christmas Smell" right from the stovetop. What makes this cookbook distinctive is that fans are treated to the exact scenes in Karon's stories where each dish was enjoyed. There's also a bonus Mitford story and recipes inspired from Karon's upcoming novel, along with plenty of sage cooking advice from how to season an iron skillet and stock a spice cabinet to pointers on saying grace and a rumination on the meditative effects of washing dishes by hand. Uncomplicated ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions will afford cooks, guests and fans plenty of time to savor the generous novel excerpts from the author's inspirational work. Color photos. (On sale Oct. 25) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670032396
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/21/2004
Series:
Mitford Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jan Karon, born Janice Meredith Wilson in the foothills of North Carolina, was named after the title of a popular novel, Janice Meredith.

Jan wrote her first novel at the age of ten. "The manuscript was written on Blue Horse notebook paper, and was, for good reason, kept hidden from my sister. When she found it, she discovered the one curse word I had, with pounding heart, included in someone's speech. For Pete's sake, hadn't Rhett Butler used that very same word and gotten away with it? After my grandmother's exceedingly focused reproof, I've written books without cussin' ever since."

Several years ago, Karon left a successful career in advertising to move to the mountain village of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, and write books. "I stepped out on faith to follow my lifelong dream of being an author," she says. "I made real sacrifices and took big risks. But living, it seems to me, is largely about risk."

Enthusiastic booksellers across the country have introduced readers of all ages to Karon's heartwarming books. At Home in Mitford, Karon's first book in the Mitford series, was nominated for an ABBY by the American Booksellers Association in 1996 and again in 1997. Bookstore owner, Shirley Sprinkle, says, "The Mitford Books have been our all-time fiction bestsellers since we went in business twenty-five years ago. We've sold 10,000 of Jan's books and don't see any end to the Mitford phenomenon."

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
1937
Place of Birth:
Lenoir, North Carolina
Website:
http://www.mitfordbooks.com

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Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Veggiechiliqueen More than 1 year ago
Based on Jan Karon's Mitford series, the Mitford Cookbook is a rich collection of recipes featured in her Mitford novels. For those not familiar with the Mitford series, the stories revolve around Father Tim's parish in Mitford, North Carolina, and the townsfolk that he comes to know and love. Food plays a central role in many stories, including Esther's famous orange marmalade cake. Numerous fans kept asking Jan for recipes, and she had to work in reverse, hiring chefs to create recipes based on her books. Not only does the Mitford Cookbook contain important starring recipes, but it also includes beautifully staged food photographs, illustrations, snippets taken from the various novels that complement each recipe, a previously unpublished Mitford story, kitchen hints from Karon, her own kitchen memories of her grandmother, and vintage family photos that really make this a keepsake. The recipes range from comfort food (Father Tim's meatloaf, Puny's macaroni and cheese, Mama's biscuits) to Southern staples (fried okra, cornbread, fried chicken, greens) to more upscale creations such as Helene's roast poulet with currants, buche de noel, and roasted red pepper rouille with cracked pepper toast. The ingredients and instructions are clearly laid out, with the number of servings in the upper corner of the page. This is comfort food at its best, and the numerous blessings and prayers sprinkled throughout make it food for the soul as well as the stomach. This is a beautiful gift for fans of the Mitford books or anyone who appreciates a beautiful, practical, and easy-to-use cookbook. It's as much fun to read the various excerpts as it is to sample the recipes (Esther's showstopping orange marmalade cake is definitely worth the work; a friend made it for my birthday this year, and it was divine), and will become a cherished keepsake in your family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have read The Mitford series then you will love to have all the recipes that Father Tim raves about. Tried several so far and was great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've read all the books in the Midford series, this is a trip down memory lane. The only thing missing is the wonderful map of the town of Mitford!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Mitford Cookbook & all the Mitford collection are near and dear to my heart. Reminds me a lot of home. The Lord has blessed you with the gift of writing. Keep up the excellent works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lately, I have been expanding my book collection and love this book. What a knowledge base and a great read. Get it for yourself or someone you love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful book! I bought a copy for my local library, now I know what I want for Christmas! If you love Mitford, and have drooled over the feasts described in the books, buy this book! Full of mouth-watering recipes, excerpts from the books, and memories from Jan Karon's childhood. Curl up in front of the fire, pour a cup of tea, and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
HAVE READ EVERYTHING YOU HAVE WRITTEN AND AM IN LOVE WITH MITFORD AND FATHER TIM AND CYNTHIA. CAN WE EVER EXPECT TO SEE SOME OF 'CYNTHIA'S' WORKS? PLEASE KEEP THE PEN MOVING---WE NEED YOU!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite cookbooks and so much more!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of us who have faithfully followed the Mitford stories and the Father Tim books, this is a treasure! It's like visiting old friends. Love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is a delight! It is like visiting with all comforts of home and family. The recipes are comfy foods and homespun country favorites. I especially loved the passages that accompanied them. It took me back to all the wonderful memories of all of Mitford. If you loved reading Mitford series books then this book will be a cherished addition to add to your cookbook collection.
Daisy44 More than 1 year ago
I picked this up before reading the first book of the series; paging through the recipes, all looked tasty and relatively easy (could use more pictures of the dishes). I have tried a couple recipes and they are, in fact, tasty and easy. The non-traditional set up may not appeal to cookbook traditionalists as they will not get the normal headings of "Appetizers," "Poultry," etc. However, having the sections divided by book and the recipes organized by appearance in the book helped make reading book one fun. Hearing the dish mentioned in a scene brought a smile to my face as I knew what a character was planning or what the recipient could expect. Reading this before starting the series brought me closer to the characters and broadened my understanding of them.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy reading your books- I am trying to find out where to find book or newsletter pertaining to your garden Do you have a garden book written?- How about the books Cynthia is doing?