Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
Let’s go back to basics and cook at home like we use to. Cooking at home stimulates community and builds family. By cooking at home you will not only know how your food is being prepared and what is in your dishes, but you will learn what ingredients are required to create some of your favorite dishes. Whether you are a novice or an advanced cook, try Mother Tapley's Recipe Book: Tasty Down East Cooking by Katherine E. Tapley-Milton. This cookbook provides a variety of recipes from appetizers, soups, salads, beverages, and meats to side dishes that you will surely enjoy. Katherine has taken some of her grandmother Tapley’s and her mother’s recipes from her childhood to create this comprehensive cookbook. This cookbook not only takes you back to basics, but you will learn how to cook from scratch which appears to be a lost trait. Using a cookbook allows you to become a creative cook, so get ready.
As I read through the recipes, I was struck by the potato soup, corn chowder, cranberry sauce and chicken pot pie dishes, along with a side of oatmeal cookies. I was even fascinated that she added beverages to the mix from after dinner punch and coffee diablo to rhubarb punch, which helps to complete the meals. For us novice cooks Katherine provided a tip: “The average oven temperature in this book is 350 F. If you are using Celsius it is 176.66 degrees.” This weekend I plan to try a few of these meals to get that comfortable, down home feeling that creates those warm and fuzzy feelings of my childhood. What a great collection of recipes. Get your copy today and enjoy!