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In this combination memoir and family cookbook blogger and novelist Kathleen Valentine combines 30 posts from her blog with nearly 400 recipes collected from family and friends. Growing up in a "mostly Pennsylvania Dutch" family she collected and recorded recipes from grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, cousins, friends, etc. which were combined in the first Valentine In this combination memoir and family cookbook blogger and novelist Kathleen Valentine combines 30 posts from her blog with nearly 400 recipes collected from family and friends. Growing up in a "mostly Pennsylvania Dutch" family she collected and recorded recipes from grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, cousins, friends, etc. which were combined in the first Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook published in 1981. This was expanded in the 1992 edition and now, in this third edition, nearly 400 recipes combine with essays recording memories of growing up in rural Pennsylvania and photographs from six generations. Essays topics include making sauerkraut and soltz (a German pickled meat loaf), toasting marshmallows and catching fireflies, the old-country Christmas traditions of making stollen and visits from Belsnickle, old world ghost stories, their grandmother's quilts, and more. Traditional family recipes include schmarn, panhaas, moultasha, a variety of sausage recipes, hassenpfeffer, and liver dumplings, a wide variety of pickles and relishes, as well as keuchels (a type of fried dough), apple dumplings, and rhubarb crisps and pies. Contemporary recipes from the younger generations of the Valentine family expand the collection with everything from dips and cocktails to chowders, cakes and cookies. Among the more popular recipes first featured on Valentine's blog are three maple syrup pies, an apricot-apple crisp with maple cream, caramel peachy-pear pandowdy, a honey & white peach pie, and her own Pennsylvania Dutch hot and sour soup. Though this collection is a memoir in food of the Valentine family it could be the story of any first, second and third generation immigrant family. From the book: "Most Pennsylvania Dutch families evolved from immigrants who were peasants in "the Old Country." They learned, out of necessity, to use everything they could to feed their families and they devised ways of preserving those things through the long, harsh winters. Pickling, preserving, smoking, canning were necessary to get a large family through the bitterly cold winter months. As I worked on this cookbook I was continually aware of how so much of the food that was part of family tradition was also making good use of commonly available food sources that were abundant and cheap. My Gram Werner used to say that the reason pigs were so valuable was because you could use every part of them except the squeak. In the cold hill country of Pennsylvania maple trees grew in such abundance, that maple syrup was a frequently used sweetener. Cows were kept for milk, cream, butter, cheese and sour cream. When I read these recipes now some seem so rich and loaded with calories but back then people needed those rich, calorie-laden foods to see them through long days in the fields or the factories or lumbering in the forests."


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In this combination memoir and family cookbook blogger and novelist Kathleen Valentine combines 30 posts from her blog with nearly 400 recipes collected from family and friends. Growing up in a "mostly Pennsylvania Dutch" family she collected and recorded recipes from grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, cousins, friends, etc. which were combined in the first Valentine In this combination memoir and family cookbook blogger and novelist Kathleen Valentine combines 30 posts from her blog with nearly 400 recipes collected from family and friends. Growing up in a "mostly Pennsylvania Dutch" family she collected and recorded recipes from grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, cousins, friends, etc. which were combined in the first Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook published in 1981. This was expanded in the 1992 edition and now, in this third edition, nearly 400 recipes combine with essays recording memories of growing up in rural Pennsylvania and photographs from six generations. Essays topics include making sauerkraut and soltz (a German pickled meat loaf), toasting marshmallows and catching fireflies, the old-country Christmas traditions of making stollen and visits from Belsnickle, old world ghost stories, their grandmother's quilts, and more. Traditional family recipes include schmarn, panhaas, moultasha, a variety of sausage recipes, hassenpfeffer, and liver dumplings, a wide variety of pickles and relishes, as well as keuchels (a type of fried dough), apple dumplings, and rhubarb crisps and pies. Contemporary recipes from the younger generations of the Valentine family expand the collection with everything from dips and cocktails to chowders, cakes and cookies. Among the more popular recipes first featured on Valentine's blog are three maple syrup pies, an apricot-apple crisp with maple cream, caramel peachy-pear pandowdy, a honey & white peach pie, and her own Pennsylvania Dutch hot and sour soup. Though this collection is a memoir in food of the Valentine family it could be the story of any first, second and third generation immigrant family. From the book: "Most Pennsylvania Dutch families evolved from immigrants who were peasants in "the Old Country." They learned, out of necessity, to use everything they could to feed their families and they devised ways of preserving those things through the long, harsh winters. Pickling, preserving, smoking, canning were necessary to get a large family through the bitterly cold winter months. As I worked on this cookbook I was continually aware of how so much of the food that was part of family tradition was also making good use of commonly available food sources that were abundant and cheap. My Gram Werner used to say that the reason pigs were so valuable was because you could use every part of them except the squeak. In the cold hill country of Pennsylvania maple trees grew in such abundance, that maple syrup was a frequently used sweetener. Cows were kept for milk, cream, butter, cheese and sour cream. When I read these recipes now some seem so rich and loaded with calories but back then people needed those rich, calorie-laden foods to see them through long days in the fields or the factories or lumbering in the forests."

30 review for Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    S

    I grew up in St. Marys and this book brought back so many wonderful memories. Smell invokes the strongest memories and what smells better than a good saurkraut dish (that is, if you love saurkraut)! Kathleen has a very unique talent for blending storytelling, family and tradition.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Nice cookbook with families recipes and also stories of their relatives and older generations. How their meals where done and with ingredients some people don't use anymore - like dandelion greens . We always had them after we picked them from the fields each year. Interesting stories of how things were years gone.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cherei

    As one who enjoys reading cookbooks.. this one knocked my socks off! It's one of the better written of all the cookbooks I've read over the years. I can see that I'll need to get a hardbound copy of this book.. as it's so full of SO many recipes.. that I want to make.. that trying to use my kindle in the kitchen around making meals.. is impractical. I also enjoyed the many little helpful tidbits about the Valentine family and friends! It's nice to read for whom a recipe came from.. and for whom i As one who enjoys reading cookbooks.. this one knocked my socks off! It's one of the better written of all the cookbooks I've read over the years. I can see that I'll need to get a hardbound copy of this book.. as it's so full of SO many recipes.. that I want to make.. that trying to use my kindle in the kitchen around making meals.. is impractical. I also enjoyed the many little helpful tidbits about the Valentine family and friends! It's nice to read for whom a recipe came from.. and for whom it was made! As a Mom.. we all know that "one" favorite dish that a kid likes.. and we make it for them.. on special occasions! Not just a cookbook.. it makes you feel like you're an extension of their family!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Got this as my free copy for First Reads and it is a lot of fun. The first thing I did was make the one called Lisa's Mile-High Brownie Pie and it was delicious! I also made the Whiskey Fudge Cake which is decadent beyond belief. I haven't tried any of the Dutch recipes yet but the desserts are winners so far. There are lots of family stories in the book which are fun to read. Some people complain about not knowing the people but why on earth would anyone buy a family memoir if they didn't want t Got this as my free copy for First Reads and it is a lot of fun. The first thing I did was make the one called Lisa's Mile-High Brownie Pie and it was delicious! I also made the Whiskey Fudge Cake which is decadent beyond belief. I haven't tried any of the Dutch recipes yet but the desserts are winners so far. There are lots of family stories in the book which are fun to read. Some people complain about not knowing the people but why on earth would anyone buy a family memoir if they didn't want to read about other people? Just dumb. This is an entertaining book and, so far, the recipes are terrific.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Claeyssen

    This is an interesting cookbook. It combines short little stories along with recipes. Most of the stories are entertaining and surprisingly are not solely "family" stories. I like that you don't have to be a part of this family in order to enjoy this book. A few of the recipes seem a little lacking, however. Simple things like putting together a few pre-made items to make a dish just doesn't seem necessary, unless you're looking at the humor aspect. Over all I think this is an entertaining cookb This is an interesting cookbook. It combines short little stories along with recipes. Most of the stories are entertaining and surprisingly are not solely "family" stories. I like that you don't have to be a part of this family in order to enjoy this book. A few of the recipes seem a little lacking, however. Simple things like putting together a few pre-made items to make a dish just doesn't seem necessary, unless you're looking at the humor aspect. Over all I think this is an entertaining cookbook, and would probably recommend it to others.

  6. 4 out of 5

    blueneon

    This isn't a modern cookbook with lots of food pictures. But if you are looking for family recipes handed down for generations this cookbook is what you want. It has a homey feeling with lots of personal photos and anecdotes on the side. Considering that it is a family cookbook I understand why personal photos are included in this book, but as an unrelated person who is just looking at a cookbook I would have preferred food photos instead. Also, I wish serving sizes were given, but overall a nic This isn't a modern cookbook with lots of food pictures. But if you are looking for family recipes handed down for generations this cookbook is what you want. It has a homey feeling with lots of personal photos and anecdotes on the side. Considering that it is a family cookbook I understand why personal photos are included in this book, but as an unrelated person who is just looking at a cookbook I would have preferred food photos instead. Also, I wish serving sizes were given, but overall a nice recipe book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    It is kinda funny that I found this book on First Reads yet one of my elderly people had it. Grace brought it up because she wanted help finding a recipe the residents could make here at the facility.. something not very difficult yet sounded good. So, we read through the recipes and through the stories that went with them and looked at pictures. It was nice because the pictures got Grace and a few others that had joined us talking and remenicing. Great book all around

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Reardon

    Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook (Paperback) by Kathleen Valentine. A very nice book which is a cross between history book and cook book Well produced and very useful, would be able to say more about it but my wife has taken it off me and it will vanish off to her cookbook shelf hopefully coming down regularly to test out the ideas. Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook (Paperback) by Kathleen Valentine. A very nice book which is a cross between history book and cook book Well produced and very useful, would be able to say more about it but my wife has taken it off me and it will vanish off to her cookbook shelf hopefully coming down regularly to test out the ideas.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    overall a good concept. took a little bit to arrive but it's here so i'm happy. wide variety of recipes from homemade breads and soups to dinners and desserts. many of the recipes are pretty easy and a few use pre-made/already made ingredients in them. otherwise it'll be joining my cookbook collection

  10. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    Another winner from Kathleen Valentine(if you haven't read her books give yourself that treat!) that shows the breadth of her writing capabilities. This is a down to earth cookbook that had some really cool and different recipes. Although I downloaded this onto my Kindle, I didn't like the formatting, so it will be one that I purchase a paperback version of.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I won this from goodreads. It's a family cookbook with a great variety of recipes from beets and cabbage to buttermilk biscuits to pecan pie bars. yum! The book has lots of family stories and pictures, which would be much cooler if it was your own family or somebody you knew. The concept is great though, and there's definitely some recipes I'd love to try.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Mom's Russian Dressing Sauerkraut Soup Grandma Valentine's Sauerkraut, Potatoes, and Pork Chops Aunt Rosie's Onion Pie Easy Pecan Pie Bars Super Easy Mincemeat Cookies

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steph Elias

    I loved this book. From the stories, to the fantastic recipes, to the pictures, it was an all around pleasure to read. I look forward to more books from this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diana Wood

    I really enjoyed reading this book!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marian VandenMeydenberg

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Jones kneubuhl

  18. 4 out of 5

    Thea

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

  20. 4 out of 5

    Christine Bradbery

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindis

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rosa Stagg

  23. 4 out of 5

    doreen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tina Mcdonald

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jimandbeth Franzen

  26. 4 out of 5

    debra mills

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  28. 5 out of 5

    Connie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Dusky

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tiffanie

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