- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Waverley Books; reprint July 2013 edition (18 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1902407458
- ISBN-13: 978-1902407456
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 26 cm
- Average Customer Review: 140 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maw Broon's Cookbook: The Broon's Cookbook - for Every Day and Special Days Hardcover – 18 Oct 2007
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'Extremely clear and lovingly produced, a touching facsimile of exactly the kind of book a woman of Maw Broon's generation would turn to. I can recommend Maw Broon's Cookbook.' Anna Burnside, The Sunday Times October 28th 2007 --The Sunday Times 28th October 2007
Launched in 1936 in the "Sunday Post" in Scotland, The Broons are undoubtedly Scotland's first family - the Nation's favourites - with a readership covering all generations. The Broons 'annual' sells over 100,000 copies. This is a facsimile of Maw Broon's very own cookbook, which we borrowed from the sideboard at No. 10 Glebe Street - first made for her by her mother-in-law when 'Maw' married 'Paw', and added-to over the years with recipes for every day and special days, from friends and neighbours and others that simply caught Maw's eye in "The Sunday Post", or cut-out of the backof a flour bag. These are the very recipes that became the favourite dishes of the whole extended family - Maw and Paw, Granpaw, Daphne, Horace, Joe, Maggie, Hen, the Twins and 'the bairn'.The strip itself is still hugely popular, with the "Sunday Post" having a circulation of over 1,000,000 copies every week, and there are some examples of the strip from years gone by that Maw must have clipped into her Cookbook- perhaps as reminders of special days. We've just left the 'bits and pieces' that you find tucked into a cookbook, exactly as we found them - stains and all."Maw Broon's Cookbook" is published at a time when nostalgia items are extremely popular, and although obviously firm favourites in Scotland, there will be interest nationwide, with support and endorsement from celebrity names - Gordon Ramsay, Lorraine Kelly, Ewan McGregor to name a few. The BBC's Robbie Shepherd and Tom Morton will lend a hand too! There will be promotion in DC Thomson's portfolio of newspapers and magazines - including "The Sunday Post", "The Courier", "The Scots Magazine", and "The People's Friend".
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The scrapbook format is so imaginative and the 'handwritten' notations by various Broon family members are a joy. The Twins and The Bairn have used it as a drawing and 'flicker' book, mostly with portraits of others in the family. My own best - used cookbooks have notes and magazine articles poking out of them. The cover of my Marguerite Patten Seventies cookbook is even the same faded maroon shade as Maw's book.
The book is in standard sections - soup, meat, puddings, baking etc. - and what rescues it from novelty and makes it useful, is a very well organised index. Maw''s copperplate handwriting is easy to follow once you get the hang of it, and I had a quiet chuckle at many of the asides. This is a beautifully put together labour of love. Impossible to give it anything other than five stars
As well as loads of recipes the pages are full of comic asides in true Broons style, as well as being cunningly illustrated so when you have it open as you cook your own spills and splashes will be perfectly integrated.
OK, so a lot of the recipes may have a high calorie and/or fat content - but these meals were intended for those doing hard manual work, often outdoorsMaw Broon's Cookbook: The Broon's Cookbook - for Every Day and Special Days. As an occasional treat for the more sedentary among us, I don't see anything wrong in it.
PS The lentil soup recipe on page 36 is to die for and, although Maw may prefer it made with a ham hough, I find ham stock cubes do just as well!
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