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.

25. April 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Memoirs, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , ,

Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia by Buddy Valastro, 255 pages, read by Tammy, on 04/21/2012

In this heartfelt memoir, Buddy from the popular TV show, Cake Boss shares his family’s history and the history of Carlo’s Bakery from the time his dad started working there until today where the bakery, his family and crew are featured on TLC. Buddy shares his journey and transformation from the youngest child in a big Italian family who loses his father as a young man and becomes a person who can run a busy, successful bakery. He also shares some of the recipes made famous by the show sized down for personal baking.