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Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
 
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fernandie | outras 7 resenhas | Sep 15, 2022 |
This cookbook is perfect for fans of Louisa May Alcott's work. The connection to the book, Little Women, is well done throughout the cookbook. The quotes and texts relate well to the recipes and make it a delightful read. I think this would make a great library program -- celebrate Louisa May Alcott and make recipes from this book!
 
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MKLahiri | outras 7 resenhas | Feb 9, 2022 |
When I was in graduate school I took a course in Early American Female Authorship(at least, that's what it turned out to be). Funnily enough, women have been writing just as much as men except that, while men wrote laws, women wrote recipes.

Those recipes were just as political and telling as the letters and laws written by the men. We actually made some of the recipes. Interesting, right? So when Moranville says she pored over books of the time, I had major flashbacks to that class(so fun).

Which brings back the question of authorship. Who really authors a recipe? They are often built upon recipes that are based on recipes that are borrowed from recipes.

Anyway, I didn't cook any of these. But I found them interesting.
 
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OutOfTheBestBooks | outras 7 resenhas | Sep 24, 2021 |
I collect cookbooks, especially bookish ones. I love Louisa Mae Alcott's book about the March family. It's been one of my favorite classics ever since I first read it as a child. Reading through the recipes and quotes in this cookbook make me want to re-read the novel! I added it to my TBR list! :)

This cookbook is filled with quotes from the book, many color photographs and wholesome recipes. I think Marmee would be proud of all the yummy food in its pages. She would gladly have served every one of these dishes to her girls, and Laurie, too! There are more than 50 dishes ranging from desserts and breakfasts to dinner and party fare. The ingredients are simple and the instructions are concise. A book lover does not have to be a gourmet cook to enjoy making any of these recipes! The dishes would be fun to make for a book club night, or just for a weeknight dinner.

The front cover art is attractive. It definitely caught my eye and made me want to peruse the recipes in this book. The page layout is easy to read. The photographs complement the recipes, rather than crowding the page. The font is easy to read. Definitely a nicely laid out cookbook! There is a full index to all recipes in the back of the book. The recipes are indexed by main ingredient, making things simple to find!

I am definitely getting a copy of this book for my cookbook shelf! My two favorite recipes are the Spice-Trade Deviled Eggs and Hannah's Cottage Pie. Can't wait to try making them, and just about every other dish in the book!

**I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Quarto Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
 
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JuliW | outras 7 resenhas | Nov 22, 2020 |
The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family by Wini Moranville, Louisa May Alcott

October 1, 2019
Quarto Publishing
112 pages
Health, cooking, nonfiction
Rating: 5/5

I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley and Quarto Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review.

This is a must have for all Louisa May Alcott fans! It is vibrantly illustrated and organized into four chapters: breakfast, family gatherings, dinner and desserts. The author also includes some history about Louisa May Alcott and the author's fascination with historic and heirloom recipes.

Food is the kind of love you can see.

It begins with a delightful travel back to the March family and the lessons of generosity learned. Episodes from the story are revisited as they demonstrate how certain foods played an intricate role in their daily lives. The author has done extensive research and where no specific dish was identified she found recipes around 1850-1880 taking into account the March family resources and food popular at that time.

A popular breakfast of Milk-Toast is a reminder of simple times. Of course, the meals changed with the seasons and available crops. It would not be uncommon for one to serve a breakfast of cornbread, fried liver, boiled eggs and fried potatoes. They tended to eat a heartier and more varied breakfast than generally served in America today.

Gatherings with friends and family were not complete without favorite meals over picnics or Sunday roast. Evening suppers were quite light since their hearty meal was at breakfast. Sandwiches and salads were quite popular with rather peculiar ingredients amongst the upper-class including pigeon pie, duck, tongue, blanc-mange, cheese and biscuits. Back in the day, celery was considered a delicacy and displayed proudly in a vessel on the dinner table. An interesting recipe in this book is called Cheese, Butter and Celery Sandwiches. Again, what seems like a humble meal today was deemed a special treat as celery was expensive. Interesting since living in New England at the time, lobsters were plentiful! Salads would often display their flavor a through the greens available than the dressings applied. In addition to milder lettuce, they often had mustard greens, sorrel and watercress.

Family dinners consisted of inexpensive readily available ingredients such as fish and lobster, potatoes, biscuits and pot pies. Some interesting recipes are Creamed Ham on Toast, Hannah's Cottage Pie, Maple Cornmeal Drop Biscuits and Garden Pot Pie.

Sweet treats and desserts are always a favorite. As today, cookies of all sorts used everyday pantry essentials such as flour, sugar, eggs, milk and fruit. You will find a variety of dishes which have been adapted for today's convenience.

I enjoyed this cookbook for its recipes as well as its trip down memory lane.


 
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marquis784 | outras 7 resenhas | Feb 15, 2020 |
I think this is a really cute idea, and I can easily see it appealing to fans of the book as well as simply those who enjoy cooking and want some meal ideas. The setup is visually appealing; it's a clean, easy to read page with some small colorful decorative elements, and the photos are nice and clear (though there's a number of recipes without photos, which is always unpleasant when you're unfamiliar with a recipe). The side bits relating to the book are a nice addition to add something a little extra, and every recipe begins with the quote from the book where it was mentioned, a nice touch.

However, while the notion behind the recipes may be old-fashioned, the recipes themselves are rather modern (calling for store-bought dough, jam, etc) so don't be expecting recreations from an old cookbook here. Nothing inherently wrong with that, though I think there's a missed opportunity there for the inclusion of old recipes as well. There is, in fact, some details about the history for some, but I happen to find old recipes quite interesting and it would have fit so well here. Also, some of the "recipes" are really not worthy of the title, in my opinion (e.g. "Jo's much-improved asparagus" on pg38, which consists of asparagus, salt & pepper, butter, and a sprinkling of fresh chives, or "Pink and white ice cream dessert" on pg103 that consists of layering two types of ice cream into a pie crust and serving with fudge & strawberries). But it's not an overwhelming amount, there's a decent pile of recipes in here that I will happily try out.

In all, this wouldn't be a favorite on my own shelves, but it has merit; I like the idea and it surely has an audience. If it sounds interesting to you, I imagine you'd do well to check it out!½
 
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.Monkey. | outras 7 resenhas | Oct 11, 2019 |
The Little Women Cookbook
Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family
by Wini Moranville; Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is a classic even today. It has been made into movies and lives on long past the time it was first published. Food is integral to life and it was also part of the March family’s life, too. In this book the author has presented recipes based on information in Little Women and also from information she gleaned from cookbooks of the era. She has modernized the recipes for today’s cooks and yet...if you really think about it...cooking methods and ingredients may change a bit over time while still maintaining the comfort and history they have provided through the ages.

I am a cookbook collector and remember the books Louisa May Alcott wrote. I loved Joe perhaps best of all and remembers of the family so enjoyed her book, too, when I found it. Louisa May Alcott was more than the writer of Little Women and this book provides you with what more she was. There is a photograph of the house she wrote in, mention of her life and books and homes and orchards.

This book has information with and within each chapter that is educational and interesting. Illustrations are beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed looking through and imagining creating the recipes. That said, I also have eaten many of the recipes mentioned growing up in the Midwest (I am 67) and remembered as I read the milk toast my mother served...especially when I was sick and the oatmeal I ate then and still make today and then others like buckwheat pancakes, griddle cakes, sandwiches, pot pies, macaroni and cheese and cookies. The fun bits added were how they browned macaroni and cheese long ago since there were no broilers and why blanc mange is not made the same now because we have easier ways to do it.

Anyway, this was a fun book to read and I can see families having it to cook from if they watch Little Women or read it together. I can also see teachers who might use the book in classes also having integrated cooking lessons using this cookbook.

Did I enjoy this book? Yes
Would I recommend it? Yes

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Harvard Common Press for the ARC – This is my honest review

5 Stars
 
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CathyGeha | outras 7 resenhas | Sep 30, 2019 |
For one hundred and fifty years readers have identified with the March sisters. Louisa May Alcott drew from her family members and life, making Little Women a beloved story with relatable characters.

Set during the Civil War, with Mr. March at war far from home, the March sisters and their mother struggle to obtain their basic needs. Food insecurity impacts their home and the community. The novel begins with the preparation of a Christmas breakfast feast which the girls valiantly donate to an immigrant family. The women content themselves with a meal of bread and milk. The book ends with a meal as well, a picnic supper.

Wini Moranville, "writer, cookbook author, and lover of historic and heirloom recipes," was asked to write The Little Women Cook Book in conjunction with the 2019 Little Women movie.

With charming illustrations and quotations from the novel, it is a delight. I enjoyed revisiting the novel through the lens of communal meals. Well-chosen quotations from Little Women keep our attention on the inspiration source for the recipes.

Wini researched American cookbooks from the mid 19th c. Some foods from the novel, like the pickled limes traded between schoolgirls, would not appeal today, so Wini gives us "Pickled Lime" Sugar Cookies.

Milk-Toast was a simple meal of warm milk poured over buttered toasted bread, perhaps seasoned with salt or sugar and cinnamon. I recall my grandfather, born in 1905, enjoying it as a dessert from his country childhood.

From the passage, "The omelet was scorched, and the biscuits speckled with saleratus", Wini gives two recipes, omelets and Maple-Cornmeal Drop Biscuits, and a history of baking powder.

Other recipes from the past include:

"Meg was already covering the buckwheats..."~Buckwheat Pancakes

"It was too bad to laugh at the poor little jelly pots."~ Meg's Currant Jelly Sauce

"We'll have lettuce and make a salad."~ Jo's Lettuce Salad

"...and Amy made lemonade..."~Amy's Lemonade

Also appearing are Mr. Bhaer's Chocolate drops; Bonbons and mottoes, candies wrapped in papers printed with riddles and sayings; Jo's Gingerbread; the apple turnovers from the picnic; and Meg's Plum Pudding.

Where the novel is silent on specifics, Wini turns to recipes popular during the time period.

Newlywed Meg uses a popular cookbook, The Young Housekeeper's Friend. Indian meal--cornmeal--was popularly used in many dishes. Wini offers us Indian Meal Griddle Cakes, with a version with blueberries that caught my attention.

Meg also has Mrs. Corneliu's Receipt Book and Wini shares Meg's Macaroni and Cheese from that book. It is very like the recipe I have used all my life.

The recipes are tempting!

I was given access to a free ebook by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review
 
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nancyadair | outras 7 resenhas | Sep 3, 2019 |
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