I’ve been ever so slowly collecting cookbooks. I find I love the ones that tell stories about the person’s life and cooking experiences and influences. Jessica Robinson relates the backstories of each recipe charmingly, remembering with affection the relatives and friends who developed the recipes she grew up with. She has developed some of her own as well based on these influences.
The life of a New Englander is woven throughout the book, and it can be used as a travelogue of farms and shops to visit for fresh, unique ingredients. Maple syrup and maple sugar (which I have never seen in a store, but perhaps I never looked!) are heavily featured since they are such a part of New England life.
There was a wonderful page on buying honey and the various grades available.
You never want to have a cookbook with only one recipe you’ll use on your shelves. Here are a few of the recipes I plan to try, so I think this will be more than simply a pleasurable cookbook to read:
Grandma Lamothe’s Meat Pie
Brioche Sticky Buns
Creamy Cheddar and Broccoli Soup
Maple Shredded Wheat Bread
Farmhouse Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Grandma Lamothe’s Cream Puffs
Blackberry & Blueberry Spiked Lemonade
Bourbon-Honey Barbeque Sauce
Triple Berry Preserves
Pop’s Baked Beans
Herb Roasted Chicken
Farmhouse Buttermilk Biscuits
Farmhouse Apple Crisp