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Book Review: Best Recipes from the Farmer’s Wife Cookbook

Best Recipes from the Farmer's Wife Cookbook: Over 250 Blue-Ribbon RecipesBest Recipes from the Farmer’s Wife Cookbook: Over 250 Blue-Ribbon Recipes by Melinda Keefe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Were you lucky enough to inherit your family’s recipes? Or perhaps you didn’t but are searching for your own foodie connection to the past. Either way, this collection of recipes from The Farmer’s Wife Cookbook, first published between 1893 and 1939, will help you create good honest food that’s passed the test of time.

The combination of vintage recipes sprinkled with sweet little vintage clipart, set alongside beautiful contemporary food photography, conveys the message that recipes from the past can be relevant in today’s kitchens.

I enjoy creating meals the old-fashioned way and I didn’t expect to learn too many new tricks from this cookbook, but I was pleasantly surprised. Tapioca in meatloaf? Who knew? Brown sugar in Fried Green Tomatoes? Tell me more. Snickerdoodles with *gasp* walnuts and raisins? Am I brave enough to try that? Perhaps. I think it’s time for some old-fashioned new-to-me kitchen adventures!

My thanks to authors Beverly Hudson, Kari Cornell and Melinda Keefe, Quarto Publishing Group, and NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital advance review copy of this book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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