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Food That Really Schmecks
In the 1960s, Edna Staebler moved in with an Old Order Mennonite family to absorb their oral history and learn about Mennonite culture and cooking. From this fieldwork came the cookbook Food That Really Schmecks. Originally published in 1968, Schmecks instantly became a classic, selling tens of thousands of copies. Interspersed with practical and memorable recipes are Stae ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press
(first published January 1st 1968)
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This is the book that started my life long love affair with cookbooks. I read them like novels imagining the meals I could be preparing. This book is immensely charming and fun to read. Her cookies are great and her Neil Harbour bread recipe is my favourite bread recipe of all time.
I have no idea how many times I have read this book! I have a version of it on my PC and I have used the recipes for years. Edna Staebler books are always a great read! Lots of good stick to your ribs delicious food, and wonderful, humourous and often thoughtful anecdotes that make you feel all "homey" and "cosy". A cook book that you can read for the joy of it, as well as for the great time test recipes that will make your taste buds sing and your tummy round, and pleasantly full. If you like g ...more
Love this book! It's like having a wise friend in the kitchen with you! When in doubt, just ask Edna. Not only a great reference, but such an entertaining read! A great cookbook is one that you want to read, even when you have no immediate plans of cooking! Page 154 - finding a warm place to let bread dough rise - is s favourite !
The original of this book did influence the way I've recorded recipes. The sidebars are such an important part! Upon rereading I felt Stablers writing was not as heart warming as I had thought but it was of huge interest to read that she was a writer who took this on as a project!