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The Farmer's Wife Cookie Cookbook: Over 250 Blue-Ribbon Recipes! Plastic Comb – 1 Aug 2009

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  • Plastic Comb: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press Inc.,U.S.; 1 Spi edition (1 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760335133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760335130
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,033,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are a regular visitor to Mostly Food Journal (and why wouldn t you be?) then you will be familiar with the series of Farmer s Wife cookbooks. They are compiled from original recipes found in the magazine of the same name, published between 1893 and 1939 in Minnesota. Cookie baking is an ideal introduction to kitchen pursuits. The virgin cook has no fear with regard to baking biscuits (British term for cookies). One might worry that a pastry case is a bit too crunchy. One could have second thoughts about launching into soufflé production lest they not rise. Well, with cookies the worst has already happened. For the most part, you want the aforementioned crunch and something flattish. The Farmer s Wife Cookie Cookbook concerns itself with sweet confections, some of which might be considered as cake or dessert. Bars and Squares have long been popular in the US and have taken hold world-wide. Lemon Bars are my favourite from this chapter. It s a rather curious recipe demanding a first baking and then the addition of beaten eggs, sugar, lemon juice and baking powder. The end result is a tangy bar with a soft top. Just right with a nice cuppa tea. Crullers are included in this book. It s not a word commonly heard in Britain. Although a cruller sounds like it should be a wild seabird it is in fact a variety of doughnut: a deep-fried sweet pastry dusted with sugar. These are usually made in strips or braids rather than rounds. Funnel Cakes are also a glimpse of pure Americana. These comprise a cake batter run through a funnel directly into hot oil. Think of a thin delicate version of churros. A favourite at State fairs and such gatherings. Maple Syrup Cookies have my vote as a must-try. When it comes to that rich liquid Maple syrup, to know it is to love it. It has, unlike most sweet syrups, a real flavour. Don t substitute corn syrup or Golden Syrup or the end result of your labours will be entirely different from that intended. Delicious perhaps, but a shadow of a real Maple Syrup Cookie. The Farmer s Wife Cookie Cookbook is a book to be used. The measurements are by volume as one would expect from an American cookbook. This should hold no terrors for the European cook. It s a practical method and simple. The recipes have probably been tested by generations of cooks who would not have had the luxury of modern kitchen equipment. This is a charming book offering delicious goodies. --Mostly Food, Sept, 2009

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These are quick recipes, easily produced 15 Nov. 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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The Farmer's Wife's staff of experts has tested every one of these cookie recipes, and vintage photos from the magazine provide added appeal to a title packed with cookies from Ginger Creams to Swedish Allspice Cookies. These are quick recipes, easily produced - and sections dividing them by type - Christmas Cookies, Rolled Cookies, Drop Cookies - makes for quick look-up and easy home reference, highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. 11 Jan. 2011
By off-grid bound - Published on
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As my family continually strives to do more and more the "old fashioned" ways, growing much of our own food and cooking from scratch, I found the entire Farmer's Wife series to be an excellent addition to help me learn to do my cooking/baking from scratch. Love it.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good recipes ok choices 1 Feb. 2011
By jennibean - Published on
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The recipes are nice but no pictures. I like pictures of the finished product. I guess it gives me something to strive for.
But the recipes are very good.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing book.0 28 Sept. 2011
By Ms Sensitive - Published on
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This book was quite disappointing in style, execution
and quality of the recipes. I spent many summers
in the 1950's visiting my grandparents who lived on
a farm in the Midwest and the recipes for these
cookies don't compare to what my relatives baked.
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