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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Yummy Memories

We've added a new cookbook to our collection called America's Best Lost Recipes: 121 Kitchen-Tested Heirloom Recipes Too Good to Forget [641.5973 AME] by the Editors of Cook's Country Magazine.

Here's the opening of the Introduction:
Some things are just crying out to be lost. Bad supermarket tomatoes. SpongeBob SquarePants Cereal. Breakfast at McDonald's. Halftime at the Super Bowl. Any recipe that starts with a can of cream of mushroom soup. And don't forget children's books penned by celebrities and casseroles with overcooked broccoli.

(Don't get me started on celebrity children's books!) Any book that pans the dreck that comes from the pen of Madonna is okay by me! But, the recipes are the real highlight of this book. I'm sure every reader will find something to bring back childhood memories! And, I venture to guess, in most cases it'll be a recipe for something sweet! Like "Red Velvet Cake," or "Monkey Bread." Some of the recipes I read just for the names--like "Blueberry Boy Bait," a cake, or "Joe Froggers," a cookie. A feature of the book is a brief history of the recipe, for instance, "Bops":
A cross between a crepe and a pancake, bops date back to the mid-1800s. In fact, we found them in the 1855 receipt book of a woman named Emily Sinkler...

I'd suggest putting a hold on the book, because otherwise, the staff may keep it out forever!

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