A Century of Good Cooking, 1896-1996
If you like this
Heritage Recipe website, then you will want to get a copy of The
Saltville Centennial Cookbook, A Century of Good Cooking, 1896-1996.
Following a similar format to this website, every recipe has a story.
Out of print for many years, cookbook has been reprinted by the Friends
of the Museum of the Middle Appalachians, Saltville, VA and is available
again at the Museum of the Middle Appalachians Store.
contains over 110 old recipes, family photos and articles from and about
the old time cooks in the Saltville area. This cookbook is a "must have"
for collectors of old fashioned recipes.
beginning of one of the stories, "Sarah Greer's mother died at birth.
Her father had to go off to the Civil War and never returned..."
If you want to know what happens to Sarah, you are going to have to
buy the cookbook!
You can learn more
about the Museum of the Middle Appalachians on their
website. If you are traveling on I-81 through Virginia,
take a detour off the interstate and visit Saltville. It is
miles north of I-81 in the southwestern part of Virginia. Take exit 35
via Route 107 or Exit 29 via Route 91 for the short and scenic drive
The funds from the
sales of the book go to support the museum.
If you are interested in
obtaining a copy, contact the Museum Store at
The price is $20 per copy and supplies are limited. The museum doesn't
have online shopping so you will need to call them. They are happy to take phone
This is a terrific small, community museum,
located in an area of Virginia that is rich in both American history and
Pantry—Its History and Modern Uses
by Catherine Pond
looks like such a terrific book, I'm going to go ahead and share it with
you -- while I wait for mine to arrive! It's only been in
bookstores a short time.
According to the
publisher's (Gibbs Smith) website, "The Pantry ponders the
history, return and rebirth of the kitchen pantry. With a nod toward the
philosophy "a place for everything and everything in its place," author
and historian Catherine Seiberling Pond delves into the past, present,
and future possibilities of this important room, and finds ways to
incorporate a pantry into any home."
You can learn more
about the author at her
blog and I'll be posting my review as soon as my copy arrives.
I love pantries and old kitchen utensils so I can't wait to get it!
here to purchase the book from the publisher.
Kitchen A Legacy from the Women of Terenzin edited by Cara De
This little book is both
heartbreaking and fascinating. It's the story of the women held in
the Terezin (Theresienstadt) concentration camp during World War II and
their recipes. These women were literally starving to death and
their thoughts became focused on food and recipes. This book is
the manuscript of recipes collected by Mina Pachter, who died at Terezin
before the end of the war. Many years after the war the manuscript was
delivered to her daughter, when a woman telephoned her and said "I have
a package for you from your mother." The package included
photographs, letters and these recipes. A book worth reading.
American Pie My Search for the Perfect Pizza by Peter
Mr. Reinhart's description of his search of the
perfect pizza immediately took me back to 1967 and the pizzeria in my
hometown. I thought it was the best pizza and it was the only pizza I
had ever had (that didn't come from a mix in a box)! The author's search
for the perfect pizza takes us to Italy and across the U.S. Along
the way he collects some extraordinary recipes for pizza dough's,
sauces, toppings and more. Don't look to this book as a good bedtime
read -- you will want to jump out of bed and either start packing your
bag for a trip to
start cooking. As with his other cookbooks, Mr. Reinhart's recipes come
with an interesting narrative description and are easy to follow.
Favorite Section: Ten
Tips for Making Pizza Dough
Favorite Recipes: The entire toppings section