I read this book like a novel and what a great read! Once my own copy that I ordered gets here, I will mark it up with notes and dates of dishes cooked. For my first foray into this cookbook I made the very, super de douper easy Ham and Bean Soup. That is the other thing I am loving about this book. I do love a good challenge and to try new and exciting recipes, but that is not this book. This book is all about simple, yummy, inexpensive home cooked deliciousness.
I'm excited to try out pretty much the entire book of recipes. There are two in particular that have me salivating just reading the directions. Raised Waffles and Dewy Buns. Yes, I admit I'm a carbaholic! Here is a quote that I love from the book because the first paragraph reminds me of my childhood dinners. My mom always not only managed to make incredibly delicious home cooked meals, but also gathered all 8 of us around the dinner table every night:
"Together, we cleared away books and newspapers from the table and set it nightly for dinner. Properly. A tablecloth. Napkins. Forks on the left, knives and spoons on the right, because it matters. Because when families come together with their hungers at the end of the day, more than bodies are fed. This is the place where we can sit and talk and be nourished and known.
But the frenzy of our days has devoured the family dinner hour. Even though people seem to recognize intuitively the powerful symbol of dining together - we celebrate with banquets, carry food to bereaved families, preserve our holiday meals - comtemporary schedules no longer honor the day-after-day coming together that bonds souls. Families straggle home at unpredictable hours to poke around the refrigerator and eat cafeteria-style, that efficient refueling process that has nothing much to do with anyone else at the table."