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Friday, June 25, 2010

"The Quilter's Kitchen"

by Jennifer Chiaverini, 2008, 202p (large print), rating=3

A novel with recipes...genius!  Unfortunately, the novel part was not that great but the recipes sound divine so she scored an extra point for that.  I would consider this more of a cookbook than a novel ... nice try though Ms Chiaverini!  Anyway, there's really tons of cool recipes in this book.  To name a strudel, BBQ pork sandwich, biscuits, chocolate zucchini bread, Thai chicken peanut satay, sour cream cake, Jagerschnitzel, Moroccan vegetable stew, white chocolate mousse, panzanella, ratatouille, rosemary rolls, raspberry tart, shoofly pie, vermicelli salad, etc.  Getting hungry!!  I want to learn to make dough for bread and pie so I might start there but dessert sounds more tempting!!

Book's synopsis:
Anna Del Maso's twin passions have converged in her position as head chef at Elm Creek Manor.  A full renovation of the kitchen must be completed by the start of the new season, and she and Sylvia Bergstrom Compson begin to dismantle the old to make way for the new.  Sylvia's reminiscences remind them of how many of the manor's traditions have involved food and celebrations.  Just as there is recipe for every story, there is a story for every recipe.
I must admit I do like that this book reminded me that certain foods can bring back fond memories.  I love food!!  It's no wonder I've got extra jiggle to wiggle!!  :)

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