Gran's Kitchen: Recipes from the Notebooks of Dulcie May Booker

Gran's Kitchen: Recipes from the Notebooks of Dulcie May Booker

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Natalie Oldfield

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  • Publisher: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 193 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 262mm x 28mm | 1,080g
  • Publication date: 6 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: South Yarra
  • ISBN 10: 1740669304
  • ISBN 13: 9781740669306
  • Illustrations note: Full colour throughout
  • Sales rank: 65,562

Product description

Beautifully-produced and laden with gorgeous full page images, a compendium of mouth-watering recipes that pay tribute to a disappearing era At 95 years old, the lovely Dulcie May Booker shares her 76 best recipes and cooking tips in this handsome volume peppered with reminiscences and photographs of her life as dressmaker, market gardener, and homemaker extraordinaire. Compiled by Dulcie's granddaughter, talented "foodie" Natalie Oldfield, this cookbook will satisfy the current interest in traditional cookery in a personal way, by focusing on one woman's authentic, tried-and-true versions of everyone's favorite dishes. Many will be able to identify with Dulcie's story of a life filled with "labors of love" and sustained by land and sea--or recognize it as similar to that of their own "Gran." Containing easy-to-follow instructions on how to make Dulcie's excellent, classic fare--from hearty fisherman breakfasts to dance supper dainties, as well as Dulcie's secrets to award winning baking, cooking, and preserves--"Gran's Kitchen" is practical nostalgia. Continuing the home cooks' tradition of sharing recipes with each other, tucked in with Dulcie's recipes are favorites from family and friends, some old, some new.

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Dulcie May Booker was born in 1913 into a Weymouth farming family. She started cooking s a child on her family's coal range, and was an active member of the Weymouth Country Women's Institute from age 18, famous for her prize-winning scones. She and Fred raised four children and were market gardeners (at harvest time, Dulcie would stay up all night, bottling fruit), before owning a fish shop. She has also been neighbourhood hairdresser, dancehall decorator and sympathetic ear to several Weymouth generations. Natalie Oldfield lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Born with her family's passion for food, she has long experience in hospitality, including establishing several corporate cafes and function venues. Gran's Kitchen is Natalie's tribute to her grandmother and the love of cooking she has inspired.

Customer reviews

By Rosanne 08 Aug 2010 5

Brilliant all-round cookbook, featuring recipes ranging from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, cookies and cakes (and, of course, desserts!). The best thing is the use of simple ingredients, and most of the time there should be no need to race off to the shops to get an unusual ingredient. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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."..the type of ode we'd pay to our grandma if we were writing a cookbook....a book overflowing with colorful photographs of food and family. There are quick fries, sweets, savory pies, pasties, quick breads and more. Instructions are simple and straightforward, the ingredient are in weights and not measures (grams and ounces versus cups). The variety and simplicity of the recipes would make this a perfect gift for a mom who wants to share with a young daughter the joys of baking and cooking." "McClatchy Tribune"