"A Slice of Living Life the Old Fashioned Way"
"This book brings me back to my Grandma Eva's farm with its simplicity and freshness, recreating sights, smells and tastes from my memory bank that I treasure."
Bradley Ogden, Renowned Chef/Cookbook Author/Owner of several restaurants including: Bradley Ogden in Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, One Market Restaurant and The Lark Creek Inn and several others in the San Francisco Bay Area
Carrie J. Gamble, Inc. recently published a new edition of Grandmother's Cookbook devoted to Elizabeth Rose von Hohen's recipes and love of cooking. The original version of the cookbook was published in the spring of 1990 by granddaughter, Carrie J. Gamble.
This edition includes a new chapter with nearly two dozen vintage family photos dating back to Elizabeth's birth in April of 1909; and Country Home magazine's 1994 feature article A Family Love Letter. The article details the creation of this cookbook describing it as a "love letter to one's family - a paean in praise of hearth, heritage and home." It goes on to say, "They are Elizabeth's words and recipes, but Carrie has infused them with her soul."
"To be really good at anything you have to love it," says Elizabeth in the forward of Grandmother's Cookbook. Elizabeth's recipes span a lifetime and are a collection from varied sources. As a nine year old school girl, she was fascinated with "all of the wonderful things her girlfriends brought in their lunches. She and her German-Hungarian mother would experiment with these new recipes, with Butterscotch Pie becoming a favorite.
At fifteen Elizabeth left home to become a child's nurse and cook for the wealthy Strauss family of Philadelphia. Her skills blossomed as she learned many gourmet recipes from her boss, and exquisite pastry recipes from her Aunt Rose, a pastry chef in Vienna. Elizabeth's expertise as a cook strengthened through the years as she prepared many holiday and birthday feasts for her growing family. All of these experiences fostered a love of cooking and baking in Elizabeth and her family.
Determined to preserve their treasured family recipes, Elizabeth and Carrie worked for two years collecting, testing and capturing for eternity the many recipes garnered over the years some stored only in Elizabeth's memory. Grandmother and granddaughter spent long afternoons together sipping tea and coming up with new ideas for their joint endeavor, such as including wildflower watercolors with Elizabeth writing a reminiscence or story for each flower. As an artist, Carrie was able to create the right look and feel for their cookbook with original watercolors and hand calligraphy. From the beginning they agreed each copy of Grandmother's Cookbook should make those who receive it feel as if it was an original, handmade from the heart as a gift to them.
Grandmother's Cookbook is spiral bound and has laminated full color soft covers and divider pages. It includes over 125 hand written recipes with sections on Soups, Breads, Dumplings and Noodles, Appetizers and Salads, Meats and Vegetables, Desserts and Christmas Specialties. This book makes the perfect gift for Christmas, brides, birthdays, house warming, Mother's Day or for yourself!
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Those who have been lucky enough to sample Elizabeth's cooking, whether it be soup, homemade dumplings, a roasted chicken or fresh baked yeast cakes, are definitely lucky. Her flair for cooking and baking has always added a special flavor and touch which no one has been able to duplicate. People could consider her an expert in the culinary field. And it would not be because she graduated from culinary school or owned a fancy restaurant. Elizabeth's "expertise" comes from years of experience and from her lifelong passion for cooking.
Elizabeth learned at a young age from her mother, growing up on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. From the age of nine she would cook for her family as her mother was busy working the farm. She woud have to stand on a box to reach the top of the stove! Her fascination with cooking and baking grew when she went to school and saw all of the wonderful things her girlfriends had in their lunches. She and her mother would experiment with these new recipes. They were so proud of their accomplishments - especially their first layer cake!
Her style became more elegant after learning to bake from her Aunt Rose, who at one time was a pastry chef in Vienna. At the age of fifteen, Elizabeth went on to live with and work for the wealthy Strauss family, who lived in Philadelphia. Mrs. Strauss taught Elizabeth many gourmet recipes.
The key to Elizabeth's delicious food is that it really was made with love. After years of cooking and baking for her family she was still interested in trying new recipes. But when it came down to it the time honored recipes were the ones that stayed with her and still the ones that were the best. Her passion for cooking was always apparent.Review:
Charming is a modest word to use for this tastefully produced Grandmother's Cookbook of, yes, grandmother's recipes. There are lovely watercolors here of flowers, and the entire text is handwritten in handsome calligraphy.
From brandied peaches to "potatoe balls" to feather beds, we glide through the life and times and tastes of Elizabeth Rose von Hohen. Memories of school, her family crest - "My father-in-law, Freidrich von Hohen, brought it with him from the old country." Hungarian goulash prepared simply and deliciously. Aunt Mary's salad dressing. Creamed spinach. Recipes clearly spelled out. Ingredients easy to get. Instructions a treat to follow.
Grandmother may be what this book's about, but it was granddaughter Carrie Gamble who did the calligraphy, and the watercolors. She also edited and published this volume, she chose the attractive weave of the paper and she is quite simply the very soul of this book.
Together, grandmother and granddaughter have created the sort of book you handle with just that special sort of love.
What Carrie couldn't say, Elizabeth filled out. And what Elizabeth coulldn't do, Carrie brought to creation. --The Book Reader
Like so many people, I have fond memories of family cooking. My grandmother did try to write down her recipes, even though she never worked with measurements of any kind, but nothing ever came out quite the way she made it, and I do so miss her cinnamon rolls. Every time I visited she'd have a tray of them warm and waiting for me.
Elizabeth Rose von Hohen and granddaughter Carrie J. Gamble have attempted to put together a collection of something so many of us wish for--a recreation of grandmother's recipes, in all their original splendor and with the full flavor that usually only seems to exist in our nostalgia-laden memories. Amazingly, they've succeeded well beyond my imaginings.
The book includes beautiful wildflower paintings and similar old-style decorations instead of modern food photography. It's spiral-bound, with a good-quality binding and cover; it lays conveniently flat without sacrificing sturdiness. This is a truly unusual beast: it successfully combines the style of a treasured heirloom project with the usability and quality of a highly marketable product. This is a difficult task to accomplish! The little stories intertwined throughout the recipes are delightful to read and truly transport you back in time.
I've deliberately saved the best for last, maybe because I'm hoping to keep myself from going back to the fridge for leftovers for just a little longer. In the lovely introduction by Carrie Gamble she mentions testing the recipes with her grandmother before including each one in the book, and I have to say that this is the crucial step most labor-of-love cookbook authors fail to comprehend and execute properly. It's also key to an outstanding cookbook.
This cookbook produced some of the best food I've had in a while, and I say that fully remembering the cookbooks I was reviewing over Thanksgiving. I'll just share the details of a few recipes with you here.
The Rouladen were wonderful--thin steak surrounding a blend of ground beef, seasonings, crushed saltines, egg, and so on, topped with pan gravy. Absolutely delicious and quite filling. This was the first thing we made from this cookbook, and we were quite happy with it. Still, even it paled next to some of the other things we made. The cookbook includes a nice range of meat & vegetable recipes, including such items as a Hungarian Goulash, Fried Chicken, Crab Cakes, Hungarian Peasant Meal, Creamed Spinach, and Candied Sweet Potatoes.
The Cream Cheese Braid bread sounded so good we just had to make it--a sour cream dough filled with a thin cheesecake-like batter. It was quite easy to make and came out rather like a cheese Danish, except in bread form, with the filling almost melted into the dough. The bread is the softest, most tender bread I've ever had, and eating this is a blissful experience. It's hardly a healthy breakfast I'm sure, but how could we resist this morning? The dough itself reminds me of the dough for my own grandmother's cinnamon rolls--that same soft, tender texture--which I've never been able to reproduce before now. My husband, who has wistfully spoken of his own grandmother's cooking, also said the food from this cookbook brings back those memories delightfully.
Other recipes include an entire section of dumplings and noodles (Bread Dumplings, Chicken Liver Dumplings, Hungarian Plum Dumplings, Macaroni and Cheese with Crispies), appetizers and salads (Cheese Squares, Tea Sandwiches of various types, Cucumber Salad, Frosted Grapes), desserts (Brandied Peaches, Spanish Cream, Butterscotch Pie, Oatmeal Cookies, Doughnuts), Christmas specialties (Cinnamon Stars, Christmas Kiffle), and many more delights of every kind. --The Burning Void
A few months ago, a lovely lady named Carrie Gamble emailed me and asked me if she could send me a cookbook to review. I was more than happy to do so, as anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time knows I have a (huge) slight addiction to cookbooks.
I sent her my information, and when I opened her package, I set the book aside to read. I love to read a cookbook just like a novel, reading every word, picturing the recipes in my head, and taking notes on all of the recipes I plan on making.
First of all, I have to apologize to Carrie for the amount of time it has taken me to write this review. So many things were happening around that time, and it set on my night stand for a good month.
Around two weeks ago, I finally opened it up. I read this cookbook from cover to cover that night. I took so many notes, and had the hardest time putting the book down.
Now, I am sure that some of my fellow "foodies" out there will not see this book the same way as I. There are no recipes containing fois gras in this book. There are no over the top dessert recipes. Please, don't get me wrong--I love those cookbooks, but this cookbook is different. And thank goodness for that!
This cookbook reads more like a family history with a ton of love thrown in. Elizabeth Rose von Hohen's granddaughter Carrie Gamble grew up on the recipes in this book. Carrie finally talked Elizabeth into compiling all of her much loved recipes into this book, and it is a success. There are so many little stories in the book, some great pictures, and a wonderful foreword by Elizabeth. Reading through the recipes, so many of them brought a smile to my face, and took me back to the days of watching my own beloved grandmother cook her family favorites.
Some of my favorite recipes in the book, and the few that I have actually had the pleasure of cooking in my own kitchen over the last few weeks are Southern Potato Salad, Pork Chops Creole, Pull Apart Cake, Jetta's Coffee Cake and Jelly Buns. They were all so delicious, and brought back so many wonderful memories.
In the foreword of the book, Elizabeth writes :
I hope these recipes turn out well for anyone who uses them. Although I've tried to be very explicit in my writing, you will have to keep in mind that some of these recipes take practice[.........] In writing this book my hope is that all of these special old fashioned recipes will not become a lost art.
Elizabeth, I hope the same thing, and I know that for the readers of your book, that will never happen. So many of these recipes were a staple of my childhood, and will become so for my children, as well. --Enter The Circus
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Book Description Carrie J. Gamble Incorporated, 2007. Spiral-bound. Book Condition: New. Revised. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0962542512
Book Description Carrie J. Gamble Incorporated, 2007. Spiral-bound. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110962542512