The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family

The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family

by Wini Moranville, Louisa May Alcott


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Experience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women right in your own kitchen.

Here at last is the first cookbook to celebrate the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role  in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. If your family includes a Little Women fan, or if you yourself are one, with this book you can keep the magic and wonder of the beloved tale alive for years to come. Do you wonder what makes the characters so excited to make—and eat!—sweets and desserts like the exotically named Blancmange or the mysterious Bonbons with Mottoes, along with favorites like Apple Turnovers, Plum Pudding, and Gingerbread Cake? Find out for yourself with over 50 easy-to-make recipes for these delectable treats and more, all updated for the modern kitchen.

From Hannah’s Pounded Potatoes to Amy’s Picnic Lemonade, from the charming Chocolate Drop Cookies that Professor Bhaer always offers to Meg’s twins to hearty dinners that Hannah and Marmee encourage the March sisters to learn to make, you’ll find an abundance of delicious teatime drinks and snacks, plus breakfasts, brunches, lunches, suppers, and desserts. Featuring full-color photos, evocative illustrations, fun and uplifting quotes from the novel, and anecdotes about Louisa May Alcott, this is a book that any Little Women fan will love to have.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558329911
Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 24,816
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Wini Moranville is a food and wine writer/editor whose stories have appeared in lifestyle magazines including Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, Simply Perfect Italian, Holiday Appetizers, Holiday Celebrations, Holiday Menus, and  Creative Home, among others. She has also served as a writer and editor for numerous cookbooks under the Better Homes and Gardens imprint, including the past three editions of the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book. Since 1997, she has also written over 500 restaurant reviews for The Des Moines Register. She currently writes a monthly wine column for Relish, is a member of the James Beard Foundation, and has served as a Restaurant Awards panelist there since 2005.

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Good Wives, Little Men, and Jo's Boys. Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s.

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TarynLee 27 days ago
This was a truly lovely cookbook that will take you back into the classic read Little Women. Filled with homey feeling recipes directly from the classic any true fan will be transported into the book and come out the other side excited about cooking some tasty food. It was a great celebration of Little Women and will have you picking it up again just so you can find the recipes mentioned throughout. The author did job and even included fabulous illustrations, and quotes from the stories. It is a well rounded cookbook and the recipes are easy to make. I gave the Gingerbread cake a try and it turned out beautifully. I'll be making it again for the upcoming holiday season. I look forward to trying more recipes and to returning to the classic, it is definitely a.favored read!!!
TheCandidCover 4 months ago
The Little Women Cookbook by Wini Moranville is a must-have for fans of the classic Louisa May Alcott series. The book contains simple recipes that are inspired by the food in the books. Also, there are some cute illustrations and quotes from the stories to accompany the instructions. One of my favourite classics, Little Women, is a story that celebrates families and sisters. The Little Women Cookbook carries on this theme with some straightforward recipes that will bring you back to the world of the March family. Recipes, such as Jo’s Much Improved Asparagus and Amy’s “Pickled Lime” Sugar Cookies, will evoke strong memories of the books and its characters. ❀ WHIMSICAL IMAGES This cookbook not only features recipes that are influenced by Alcott’s books, it also contains some whimsical images and photographs. In addition, the author shares quotes from the stories and some history about the era the book was written in. These little tidbits make the book much more than a collection of recipes, but a companion for fans of the original stories. Mr. Bhaer’s chocolate drops are represented in this book, and the Vanilla Butter Cookies that are included in the cookbook are quick, easy, and delicious. They were definitely gobbled up pretty fast at my house, as I imagine Meg’s children would have in Little Women. ❀ GREAT GIFT IDEA If you have a Little Women fan in your life, this book would make a great gift. It is a pretty cookbook that will be a great addition to any shelf. It makes the wait for the new movie a little bit easier, for sure!
MsPia 4 months ago
Many wonderful memories. As soon as I started reading the book I decided I need to read little women again. (And cry again and laugh again). As a book is beautiful, the designs are adorable and the pictures are crisp and clear. The recipes old fashion with a twist, well written. I think it would be very good present pairing it with the novel.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book for my honest opinion. What a cute little cookbook that was well researched for The Little Women empire. This cookbook has recipes that would have been made in Louisa May Alcott's time but modified to be appetizing to us as well. I could see someone taking this cookbook and hosting a themed tea time or themed meal.
diane92345 5 months ago
With over 50 recipes, every food event in Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women is replicated using modern ingredients and cooking methods in the Little Women Cookbook. From simple lemonade and hot chocolate to fruit trifles and Jo’s corned beef, the book has recipes for all skill levels. Many of the recipes are vegetarian like the garden pot pie. There are breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack recipes but the emphasis is on desserts. Or that just may be me . Many are little remembered now like apple slump and jellyroll cake. I enjoyed the Little Women Cookbook. It was fun to see recipes that I had read about but had no idea how they were made. This a fun gift for the reader in your life. The only downside is there no nutritional information provided. 4 stars! Thanks to Harvard Common Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Mousiemom123 5 months ago
This charming little cookbook is full of recipes that one could imagine Marmee or Hanna preparing for Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth .For example, there’s a recipe for milk toast with an excerpt about how the March girls gave away their Christmas breakfast and returned home to bread and milk. The recipes are easy to make and really yummy. Amy’s Frothy French Drinking Chocolate is a particular favorite. I highly recommend getting in the kitchen with one of your favorite little women (or men) and trying these great recipes out. Thank you Netgalley for a free e-copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This cookbook is perfect for fans of Louisa May Alcott's work. The connection to the book, Little Women, is well done throughout the cookbook. The quotes and texts relate well to the recipes and make it a delightful read. I think this would make a great library program -- celebrate Louisa May Alcott and make recipes from this book!
Anubitious 6 months ago
This is a cute book and a yummy one too. Specially designed and delicately curated for lovers of the book. With each recipe, one can find excerpts from the book and it's a pleasant way to live the experience of eating with the sisters
Anonymous 6 months ago
This is a completely charming cookbook! It ties in with perhaps every scene where food is mentioned. The illustrations are lovely, and the recipes are not too hard for a young reader to attempt. This would make a lovely gift for a young person, an Alcott fan, or even a teacher or homeschool parent to help visualize the world in which the books took place. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for a digital ARC!
Anonymous 6 months ago
A cute cookbook which is also an enjoyable read. It has been a long time since I read Little Woman and it was lovely to go back and have dinner with them. The book includes some great recipes and interesting historical facts about foods in the 1800's. This book would make a great gift for any fan of Little Woman. I will definitely be purchasing a copy for my sister. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an advance copy of this title in exchange for an unbiased review.
LadyBooksalot 6 months ago
What a wonderfully superb cookbook. It encompasses not only a classic story but also history lessons along with cooking lessons thrown in! There is nothing like enjoying food when you understand the past. This would make a marvelous addition to any young person’s home library but also something a parent can use as a family activity. Besides which it would also work as a great after school library program. I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for my volunteer review.
Jantine 6 months ago
I got hungry almost as soon as I opened this cookbook. The pictures are stunning! So are the descriptions. Every recipy has a connection to Little Women, a book that I simply love and have re-read several times. I not only got hungry, I now also want to read that book again. The recipies all have clear instructions, and seem to be easy to make. Okay, enough reading about food commenced, I now simply have to make not only the lemonade, but those other things as well!
Anonymous 6 months ago
This cookbook is utterly charming! It pays tribute to Louisa May Alcott with quotes and background, including a very informative introductory essay. Food plays an important part in the novel as readers of the book know and as the author of this cookbook knows as well. There are so many fpasssages about food as the Little Women grow. There are Amy who has issues with her limes, Meg who has trouble with her jam, breakfasts given to those in greater need and much more. Reference to all are made and give the reader the opportunity to enjoy memories of reading Little Women. The recipes themselves are easy to follow. They are organized into four chapters: -Hannah's Breakfasts -Gatherings with Family and Friends -March Family Dinners and Suppers and -Sweet Treats, Desserts and Drinks A few of the featured recipes include: Buckwheat Pancakes, A better Omelet for Marmee and Milk Toast in the breakfast section. Roast Beef Picnic Sandwiches, Jo's Much Improved Corned Beef and Spice Trade DEviled Eggs in the Gatherings section and of course more as you move through the additional chapters. The recipes are clearly delineated and look easy enough for those who are not kitchen stars. The illustrations throughout are delightful. They definitely enhance the text. There are also some photos, including one of the Orchards, the Alcott home. I thoroughly enjoyed this cookbook both for the recipes and for the joy of browsing through the book itself. Last year, I read Little Women for the second time. It was more substantive than I had recalled. Read it while your food is cooking and while you wait for the newest version of the movie to be released this December. Enjoy! Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review.
moonfox1234 6 months ago
I thought that this was a wonderful cookbook for any fan of Little Women to have and enjoy but I also thought it would be a welcome addition to any cookbook collection. This cookbook offers a good range of recipes. Some are based off the book, while others merely pertain to the era. There are breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages, desserts and some party/special occasion recipes included. I feel that these recipes require a variety of cooking skill levels from very basic to moderately advanced. This cookbook has charming graphics, delightful quotes and attractive photographs. If you are a true devotee of Little Woman or are looking for another addition to your collection, I highly recommend this entertaining and beautiful book.
JGirotti 6 months ago
Delightful! Filled with quotes and passages from "Little Women" as well as delicious recipes inspired by the book. The author consulted many cookbooks from that time period in order to come up with authentic recipes but they have also been updated to make them suitable for modern day cooking. I received an e-version of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review but happened upon it in my local indie bookstore and bought a hard copy as well. My children and I are very much looking forward to eating like Little Women and Little Men! Thank you to #NetGalley and Harvard Common Press. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 6 months ago
The Little Women Cookbook by Wini Moranville is a delightful cookbook perfect for any reader who loves the book Little Women. Moranville has modernized many of the older recipes found in the book Little Women. She writes the food history and offers menu suggestions based on how people ate during the time Little Women was written. She also writes some of the recipes were inspired by events found in the book Little Women. A good example of this is how Amy loved pickled limes and shared them with her school friends. The author took a bit of artistic license by creating "Pickled Lime" Sugar Cookies. You will find menu suggestions and explanations of how meal patterns have changed from the 1800s to how eat today. Moraniville explains how dinner was the main meal of the day while supper eaten in the evening had lighter fare. Some of the recipes you'll find in her cookbook include: "Indian Meal" Griddle Cakes Hannah's Cottage Pie Meg's Macaroni and Cheese Creamed Ham on Toast Chicken Salad with Grapes and Almonds Classic Roast Beef Tenderloin Apple Slump Pink and White Ice Cream Dessert Recommend. Review written after downloading a galley from NetGalley.
ErinA 6 months ago
As a young girl, I absolutely loved Little Women, and I still do. Now that my daughter is a teenager, she also loves Little Women -she's already read it multiple times, and can't wait for the new movie to come out! As soon as I saw this cookbook, I knew it would make a wonderful gift for her and my sister this Christmas - it truly is a great gift to anyone who loves Little Women! I really enjoyed the recipes in the cookbook - I especially look forward to making the cheese and jam turnovers! Not only were there great recipes in the book, but also lots of tidbits about Little Women including quotes (some of my favorite, such as "I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship" said by Amy) and what was, to me, a really cool look at a picture of the Orchard House where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women in 1868 - amazing! This is a great cookbook, one I look forward to giving as gifts this Christmas! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC!
CathyGeha 6 months ago
The Little Women Cookbook Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family by Wini Moranville; Louisa May Alcott Little Women is a classic even today. It has been made into movies and lives on long past the time it was first published. Food is integral to life and it was also part of the March family’s life, too. In this book the author has presented recipes based on information in Little Women and also from information she gleaned from cookbooks of the era. She has modernized the recipes for today’s cooks and yet...if you really think about methods and ingredients may change a bit over time while still maintaining the comfort and history they have provided through the ages. I am a cookbook collector and remember the books Louisa May Alcott wrote. I loved Joe perhaps best of all and remembers of the family so enjoyed her book, too, when I found it. Louisa May Alcott was more than the writer of Little Women and this book provides you with what more she was. There is a photograph of the house she wrote in, mention of her life and books and homes and orchards. This book has information with and within each chapter that is educational and interesting. Illustrations are beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed looking through and imagining creating the recipes. That said, I also have eaten many of the recipes mentioned growing up in the Midwest (I am 67) and remembered as I read the milk toast my mother served...especially when I was sick and the oatmeal I ate then and still make today and then others like buckwheat pancakes, griddle cakes, sandwiches, pot pies, macaroni and cheese and cookies. The fun bits added were how they browned macaroni and cheese long ago since there were no broilers and why blanc mange is not made the same now because we have easier ways to do it. Anyway, this was a fun book to read and I can see families having it to cook from if they watch Little Women or read it together. I can also see teachers who might use the book in classes also having integrated cooking lessons using this cookbook. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I recommend it? Yes Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Harvard Common Press for the ARC – This is my honest review 5 Stars