Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Pelican Publishing (September 2, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.6 x 8.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Memories of a Farm Kitchen is not merely a picturebook - it is an extraordinary, lengthy, and in-depth history lesson about how the kitchens of 1920s and 1930s Midwestern farms used to be. Nostalgia-tinged drawings (and the occasional cartoon!) illustrate the facts of food preparation and household economics nearly a century ago, when homemakers had notably less access to modern technological contrivances. From how the kitchen might double as a nursery for at-risk baby farm animals, to old-fashioned canning processes, to how the kitchen often served a social role as well as its practical food-preparation function, Memories of a Farm Kitchen is an absorbing blend of history and memoir, especially recommended to give readers young and old a taste of country life nearly a century gone by. A surprisingly rich collection of recipes rounds out this delightful and highly recommended treasury.
This is an excellent book. I ordered my first copy for a friend for Christmas and was so delighted with it, that I had to return and order another copy for myself! The illustrations are wonderful, the stories are charming, and the recipes in the back are time-tested! You cannot go wrong with the quality of this book, both in content and price!
I would highly recommend this book to all those who grew up in a "farm kitchen" and those who are curious how life centered around the kitchen "back on the farm". I spent much time in my grandparents kitchen on the farm in northern Minnesota. The smells of cooking on the old wood stove, baking in the fire heated oven, grain cereal cooking in a double boiler overnite, all still linger close in memory. It was a place to read, play, bathe and feed the help during potato harvest time, just as the book says. Every detail was true to memory! I have bought several books for gifts, now I will purchase one for myself and my grandchildren. I want to gift all my "older" friends with a copy so that they , too, can lose themselves to memories for a short time.
The Artley family knows how to take you back to simpler, fondly remembered times, and this book delivers on what the title suggests. It's not only fun to read, but is also fun to share with a group of seniors.
Having known Bob from his younger years, I knew that this would be a trip down memory lane with a good friend. Hoping my children and grandchildren will enjoy it as much as I to get a sense of what time was like back in the simpler days of yesteryear.
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