30. November 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Informational Book, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Pot Roast, Politics, and Ants in the Pantry: Missouri's Cookbook Heritage by Carol Fisher, 235 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/30/2012

This cookbook starts off with a brief history of cookbooks in the United States and then moves into Missouri written and published cookbooks. It shows how early cookbooks where a record of our cultural heritage. How the cooks of the day would move from recipes for a fine dinner on one page to recipes to keep ants out of the house and add color to a flowers bloom on the next then back to recipes for every day meals.

The authors used more than 150 publications to discuss Missouri’s cookbook heritage. They started with manuscript cookbooks from 1821 in St Louis including those from the William Clark family. Yes, that’s Clark from the Lewis and Clark Expeditions. They continue on to modern days including the popularity and fundraising efforts of community and civic group cookbooks and how the state’s beef council has put recipes on the Internet.

An informative, fun history of cooking, every day life and even politics in Missouri.

29. June 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Informational Book, NonFiction · Tags:

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: An All-American Road Trip . . . with Recipes! by Guy Fieri, 256 pages, read by Angie, on 06/27/2012

I love Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and thought I would check out this book to see if it had some of the recipes I have heard on the show. The book takes us throughout the country to place Fieri has visited on the show. The intros to each location are typical Guy Fieri and really remind me of the show. He does give us a lot of background and reminds us about what makes the place special. I really enjoyed the pictures and the guy asides. I didn’t try any of the recipes and some of them are definitely ones I would never make. There seemed to be a lot of recipes for coleslaw for example. Why? I am sure the restaurants got to submit whatever recipes they wanted but they often weren’t even the ones they are famous for. This is a fun book to peruse but reading it cover to cover isn’t really necessary.

30. May 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , ,

Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy's Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets by Buddy Valastro, 337 pages, read by Tammy, on 05/24/2012

TLC Cake Boss host Buddy Valastro insists that baking gets a bad rap only because most home cooks never learn the basics that enable them to build on their talents, as it were, layer by layer. Baking with the Cake Boss gently guides you through; from simple cookie treats to pies, pastries, and, yes, even those ornate decorated cakes that make bridesmaids swoon. Complete with step-by-step instructional photos, how-to boxes and sidebars, and just the tips you need to make your own yummy and beautiful desserts.

20. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Homegrown in the Ozarks: Mountain Meals and Memories by Rolland Love, 241 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/10/2012

Homegrown in the OzarksGood, basic homemade recipes that remind me of when I was a child and the dinners at my grandma’s and my great aunts’ homes. Also meals with my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Jack who hunted all the time and I was never sure what critter the meat really came from. I decided early on it was better not to ask.

Also fun Ozark mountain trivia and folklore scattered throughout the book too. And don’t skip the recipe for skunk. Seriously.