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: 67,759

Product description

Mouth-watering recipes from 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 New Zealand cookery in a personal way, by focusing on one woman's authentic, tried-and-true versions of the nation's favourite dishes. Beautifully produced and laden with at least one gorgeous full page image per recipe, Gran's Kitchen is practical nostalgia: it contains 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.

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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.

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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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"Seventy-six of the best tried-and-true homemade recipes from a bygone era." "Atlanta Journal Constitution" "A little of the old, a little of the new, the book is full of simple, comforting, and easy-to-make cakes, breakfasts, dinners, and desserts, as well as Gran's secrets to award-winning baking and preserving." "Cookbook Digest"."..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"