Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review of "A Cabin Full of Food (Mostly Recipes)"

"A Cabin Full of Food" Cookbook Review: 5 Stars

Generally I don't buy cookbooks, because I am more of a cook with what I have on hand type of gal. What first drew me to Marie Beausoleil's cookbook was her “What to Expect” & “What Not to Expect” pages. 
Here is a picture I took of the "What Not to Expect" page, shared with Marie's express permission

She lives on an off-grid homestead and everything she says is simple & plain. Just reading these pages on the "Look At" feature on Amazon convinced me to order the cookbook.


Then the recipes. The recipes Marie shares focus “heavily on foods that can be grown, raised or made at home. Other recipes then refer to these basic ingredients.”
As she states “This is not a 'Go Shopping' cookbook.”

There are almost 1,000 recipes that are geared towards off-grid cooking scenarios that can be made without electric appliances. That cinched it for me.

The A Cabin Full of Food” cookbook arrived on Friday and was sitting on or porch when we came home from the farm.

Just before we left Mr. Perky was cutting up some apricots we had on hand, vacuum sealed them and threw them in the freezer. His only venture into caning is jam & he was talking about making apricot jam. First thing I looked for when I opened the cookbook was an apricot jam recipe. Sure enough there it was on page 248 and the instructions were so simple.
These recipes were gleaned from many people who shared handwritten family treasures and old cookbooks with Marie's sweet comments embroidered about. There are also Old Order Mennonite recipes.
The categories are unique & simple:
  • Make Your Own: things like Home Made Hot Chocolate
  • Herb & Spices: such as Herb Vinegar Infusions
  • Grains: two examples are Shoofly Pie & Four Types of Scones
  • Vegetables: Mashed Potato Biscuits
  • Dairy & Eggs: including Master Sauces.
  • Dairy: I want to try the Baked Butterscotch Pudding
  • Legumes: how about Canning Baked Beans
  • Trees & Fruit: I know I will like the Blueberry Juice Concentrate. Blueberries are in season and I did this last year.
  • Meat: I definitely want to try the Rabbit Casserole.
Do you really want to save money? Our larders should have basics spices and ingredients by now. This book caters to the type of cooking we should be practicing, from scratch, with our fresh and stored foods.
Bonus: Marie also added a seasonal calendar of things to be preparing for and doing on a homestead.

You can also take a peek through the link below, at the huge list of recipes with the “Look At” feature on Amazon. 
I am already turning down page corners of recipes I want to try. This is a book that I highly recommend and I believe it will fast become a classic must-have cookbook. 

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