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For 43 years, Birkby has written a column entitled "Up a Country Lane" for the Shenandoah Evening Sentinel. Now she offers the best recipes from her column, interspersed with stories of rural life in the '40s and '50s, and supplemented by 75 drawings and vintage photographs. Foreword by Jane and Michael Stern (Roadfood).
Posted May 10, 2007
The layout of this cookbook is atypical but once you start reading it makes sense. The book is organized in chapters such as harvest, stoves, water, storms, church/community suppers, special occassions, etc... Each chapter starts with a several page essay (including vintage photos!) describing that particular aspect of rural life. Then there are several pages of appropriate recipes. For example, in the harvest chapter, most recipes were from the garden. In the storm chapter, the author uses storm as a metaphor for the turblulent times that follow after you use a loved one. So there are a lot of casserole recipes in this chapter because neighbors would bake food and take it to the grieved. The most awesome thing about this cookbook is everything is from scratch! Only a very very very few recipes call for the dreaded 'cream of such-and-such' soup. All dessert 'cookies, pies, cakes, pudding' recipes are completely from scratch!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.