Recently, while moving into a new house, Elizabeth Gilbert unpacked some boxes of family books that had been sitting in her mother's attic for decades. Among the old, dusty hardcovers was a book called At Home on the Range (or, How To Make Friends with Your Stove) by Gilbert's great-grandmother, Margaret Yardley Potter. Having only been peripherally aware of the volume, Gilbert dug in with some curiosity, and soon found that she had stumbled upon a book far ahead of its time. In her workaday cookbook, Potter espoused the importance of farmer's markets and ethnic food (Italian, Jewish, and German), derided preservatives and culinary shortcuts, and generally celebrated a devotion to seeking out new epicurean adventures. Potter takes car trips out to Pennsylvania Dutch country to eat pickled pork products, and during World War II she cajoles local poultry farmers into saving buckets of coxcombs for her so she can try to cook them in the French manner. She takes trips to the eastern shore of Maryland, where she learns to catch and prepare eels so delicious, she says, they must be "devoured in a silence almost devout." Part scholarshe includes a great recipe from 1848 for boiled sheep headand part crusader for a more open food conversation than currently existed, it's not hard to see from where Elizabeth Gilbert inherited both her love of food, and her warm, infectious prose.
Featuring a comprehensive and moving introduction from Potter's great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Gilbert, At Home on the Range is an eminently usable and humorous cookbook. But it's also more than that: it's an heirloom, an into-the-wee-hours dinner with relatives and ancestors, a perfect gift for anybody with a stove or a mother.
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About the Author
Margaret Yardley Potter's book is culled from a lifetime of cooking and entertaining in her home, from the 1920s through World War II. In addition to being a cooking columnist for the Wilmington Star, she also painted, sold dresses, assisted in the birth of four grandchildren, and took up swing piano.
Elizabeth Gilbert is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Eat, Pray, Love, now a major motion picture. In 2008, Time magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Table of Contents
Foreword Elizabeth Gilbert 9
Introduction Margaret Yardley Potter 25
Weekend Guests without a Weakened Hostess 29
A Soupçon on Soups 39
Pot Roast Á La Mode Sentimentale and Other Less Corny Meats 47
"You Don't Eat That? 59
Hard-Shelled Ancestors and Their Finny Friends 75
Greens from the Ground Up 83
It's a Cinch with Sauces 93
Salad Days and Ways for Dressing Them 99
MRS. Rorer's, Grandmother's and My Just Desserts 107
Preserve Yourself in a Jam 127
Support Your Ego with the Staff of Life 137
"Open Your Mouth and Say 'Ah-Ha'" 147
Egg Yourself on in Emergencies 153
Painless Party Giving and Effortless Entertaining 167
Give Your Friends a Break with Breakfasts 189
Less Moaning at the Bar, Please 197
Hot Stuff for the Range Owner 211
Selected Recipes Elizabeth Gilbert 223
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a treasure! How many times do we miss the dishes that were our favorites during our youth? The hands that prepared them are gone and too often they never wrote down the "secret formulas" that made them so wonderful. Thank goodness that Elizabeth Gilbert's family has a genetic gift for recording the truly meaningful adventures in their lives! A good lesson for all of us.
Very interesting reading re. cooking in the "old days."