The Heirloomed Kitchen: Made-from-Scratch Recipes To Gather Around for Generations

Gibbs Smith Jan. 2024. 224p. ISBN 9781423665489. $35. COOKING
It all began with hand-sewn aprons the author sold to friends at potluck brunches. From there, Schoenith built a bustling online presence based on the nostalgic appeal of preserving heirlooms from the past. Her debut cookbook showcases her favorite made-from-scratch, Southern-based dishes and provides tips for modern cooks on the best ways to live the heirloom life. From appetizers like roadside hot-boiled peanuts and fried green tomatoes to sweet treats like lemon and sour cream pound cake, the book’s recipes cover every course and all three meals of the day. Basic cooking tips are also included. Some might question whether one needs a recipe for beefsteak tomato sandwiches with mayo or quibble as to why the chocolate fudge sauce recipe includes keeping instructions while the one for sea salt caramel sauce does not. But there is no denying the earnest warmth Schoenith injects into her writing.
VERDICT Fans of Ree Drummond’s “Pioneer Woman” culinary brand and Jill Winger’s “Prairie Homestead” books will find Schoenith’s charming debut to be an equally beguiling introduction to cooking good old-fashioned food and living a simpler life.
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