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Food That Really Schmecks

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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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Dec 22, 2008 Kerri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
If you don't fall in love with Edna Staebler when reading her books, then you are dead inside.
Mar 04, 2012 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food
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.
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Jun 09, 2016 Nancy Cousintine rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 01, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love to bake this book is a must for your kitchen bookshelf. I have literally made hundreds of recipes from this book.
Sep 28, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing
classic, mennonite cook book. The canadian culinary award is called the Edna.
Jan 06, 2017 Angela rated it it was amazing
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 !
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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!
Feb 18, 2015 Renata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book since my university days in the late 1970's. Great recipes accompanied by wonderful stories and anecdotes.
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