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Title: Mama's in the Kitchen
Sub-title: Weird & Wonderful Home Cooking 1900-1950
By (author): Barbara Swell
ISBN10-13: 1883206391 : 9781883206390
Illustrations: b/w illus
Format: Paperback
Size: 215x140mm
Pages: 72
Weight: .114 Kg.
Published: Native Ground Books & Music - July   2002
List Price: 6.99 Pounds Sterling
Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock, more expected soon 
Subjects: National & regional cuisine : USA
This book simply screams NOSTALGIA. Here are the stories and recipes of our mothers and grandmothers as they cooked their way through two world wars, food shortages, and the Great Depression. This lively and witty book chronicles how household gadgets dramatically changed the lives of women forever. It takes you into the kitchens of young housewives who whipped up cherry chiffon pies and weird little sandwiches to the beat of big band swing tunes playing on the radio. Lured by glossy product advertisements, these women were seduced into thinking that a green wiggly dessert would add glamour and romance to their lives. This book takes both a serious and a humorous look at women in a changing world.
Table of Contents:
Index of Recipes; 1900-1919; 1920s; 1930s; 1940s; Weird Little Sandwiches; Foods That Wiggle; No way!; Heath & Remedies; Household Hints; Bibliography; Finding Vintage Cookbooks.
About The Author:
Barbara Swell began her baking career in Martinsburg, WV, on January 19th, 1962, when she whipped up her first batch of sugar cookies from her 4-H Club Pack-and-Snack cookbook. She is the author of a very popular series of historic cookbooks, including Log Cabin Cooking, Take Two and Butter 'Em While They're Hot, Secrets of the Great Old-Timey Cooks, The Lost Art of Pie Making, and others. Barbara lives in Asheville, NC, with her husband and their three children.
"A little masterpiece of nostalgic cookery, Mama's In The Kitchen: Weird & Wonderful Home Cooking 1900-1950 showcases stories and recipes of how American women cooked their way through two world wars, food shortages, and the Great Depression. From Skewered Coconut Shrimp; Eggless, Milkless, Butterless Cake; and Aunt Sammy's Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Filling; to Toll House Cookies; Volcano Potatoes; and Chocolate Orange Crunchies, Mama's In The Kitchen is a superbly presented and nostalgic stroll down home-made culinary history. Enhanced further with chapters devoted to "Weird Little Sandwiches", "Foods That Wiggle", "No Way!"; "Health and Remedies"; "Household Hints"; a bibliography, and a superb little resource list for "Finding Vintage Cookbooks", Mama's In The Kitchen is a "must" for anyone who enjoys strolling down a "yesteryear" collection of culinary pleasantries." -- Midwest Book Review
"We loved this throwback to yesteryear Ė to a time when lack of money or ingredients didnít stop Mamaís good old home cooked meals and desserts. Mamaís in the Kitchen gives us a nostalgic insight into how making do didnít mean going without. Creativity was the name of the game and this book brings original recipes from the wonderful to the admittedly ever-so-slightly weird Ė just as the title promises! The book isnít just a haven of recipes for history fans but brings words of wisdom from the mamas themselves as well as old poems and anecdotes preserving memories from days long gone. An absolute delight from beginning to end, Mamaís In The Kitchen (published by Native Ground Books & Music) is sure to bring a smile to your face." Make it Shabby online magazine, Feb 2015

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"Two world wars and one Great Depression: hardly a recipe for happiness. But, in what initially seems like quite a slim volume, Barbara Sewell's collection of American recipes, plus snippets of social history, provided enough interest to keep 'The taster' happy during a two-hour train journey." - The Taster, Spring 2015.
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