Always Put in a Recipe and Other Tips for Living from Iowa's Best-Known Homemaker
Evelyn begins with her very first column, whose focus on the Christmas box prepared by a companionable group of farm wives, the constant hard work of farming, and an encounter with an elderly stranger over a yard of red gingham sets the tone for future columns. Optimistic even in the wake of sorrow, generous-spirited but not smug, humorous but not folksy, wise but not preachy, Evelyn welcomes the adventures and connections that each new day brings, and she masterfully shares them with her readers.
Tales of separating cream on the back porch at Cottonwood Farm, raising a teddy bear of a puppy in addition to a menagerie of other animals, surviving an endless procession of Cub and Boy Scouts, appreciating a little boy's need to take his toy tractor to church, blowing out eggs to make an Easter egg tree, shopping for bargains on the day before Christmas, camping in a converted Model T ""house car,"" and adjusting to the fact of one's tenth decade of existence all merge to form a world composed of kindness and wisdom with just enough humour to keep it grounded. Recipes for such fare as Evelyn's signature Hay Hand Rolls prove that the young woman who was daunted by her editor's advice to ""put in a recipe every week"" became a talented cook. Each of the more than eighty columns in this warmhearted collection celebrates not a bygone era tinged with sentimentality but a continuing tradition of neighbourliness, Midwest-nice and Midwest-sensible.
- Paperback | 224 pages
- 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
- 15 Sep 2012
- University of Iowa Press
- Iowa, United States
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