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Trim: 5.5 x 8.5
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-883206-39-0

Mama’s In The Kitchen: Weird & Wonderful Home Cooking 1900-1950

Barbara Swell

During the years between 1900 and 1950 dramatic changes occurred in the lives of frontier women. Gone were the old wood and coal burning stoves now replaced with electric ranges and washing machines and other modern appliances.

With recipes that range from wonderful to weird you will get a taste for the challenges and changes in the evolution of the American housewife. Includes recipes for Coconut Shrimp, Brandied Bananas and Sunny Peach Pie with other suggestions such as Spinach Ice Cream, Sauerkraut Jell-o, and everyoneメs favorite, Macaroni and Liver. Mmmmm!

Mama’s in the Kitchen 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.

RECIPES INCLUDE: Beverages: Russian Tea, Spiked Cider Cup, Appetizers: Cheese Sticks, Skewered Coconut Shrimp, SALADS: Asparagus Shrimp Salad: Breads: Parker House Rolls, Popovers, Riz Biscuits, MEATS: Apple and Ham Casserole, Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Croquettes, Chicken Pie with Sweet Potato Crust, Oysters for Goodness Sake, Roast Pork with Gingersnap Sauce, Vegetables: Corn & Sweet Potato Scallop, Harvard Beets, Squash Relish, Vegetable Pie with Cheese Biscuit Topping, Volcano Potatoes, Fruita: Brandied Bananas, Raisin Nut Stuffed Apples, Smiling Cantaloupe, Strawberry Chantilly, Desserts: Apricot Coconut Bars, Butterscotch Icebox Cookies, Cherry Chiffon Pie, Cherry Pudding Short-Cake, Chocolate Apricot Cookies, Chocolate Chiffon Cream Pie, Chocolate Orange Crunchies, Chocolate Pudding, Chocolate Risin’ Cake, Eggless, Milkless Butterless Cake, Flaky Pie Crust, Fruit Confection, Gingerbread with CreamCheese Filling, Lemon Meringue Pie, Mock Cherry Pie, Molasses Ginger Cakes, Spicy Apple Pie, Sunny Peach Pie, Raisin Filled Cookies, Toll House Cookies.


“A little masterpiece of nostalgic cookery. Mama’s in the Kitchen is a ‘must’ for anyone who enjoys strolling down a ‘yesteryear’ collection of culinary pleasantries.”
– James A. Cox, Wisconsin Bookwatch

“Barbara Swell’s books are like little gazettes-packed full of recipes, photos, drawings, and mountain lore. We’ve always been proud to stock her books and look forward to her upcoming publication.”
– Anne Wray, Malaprop’s Bookstore Winner of Publishers Weekly’s Best Bookstore Award

“I absolutely loved Mama’s in the Kitchen!”
– Louella Rykowski

Pages: 72