The Quilter's Kitchen (Elm Creek Quilts, #13)
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The Quilter's Kitchen (Elm Creek Quilts #13)

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Anna Del Maso had known that she wanted to be a chef since she was in the seventh grade. "Somehow everything in my life ends up being about food," she realizes, as she begins the latest of her food-themed quilts. Her twin passions have converged in a brand-new position as head chef for Elm Creek Quilts, Waterford, Pennsylvania's popular quilting retreat.

As she joins the...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Simon & Schuster
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Pammy
A very quick read with lovely endpapers, this book doesn't qualify as a novella, let alone a novel. Richer in recipes than characters or plot, it looks more like a grade-school short story writing exercise with filler pages than a complete work of any kind. I find it unthinkable that this is part of a "series." The entire "story" fits on the endflaps, and I'm not kidding(The time frame is also roughly two days). Most of the recipes look enticing, but are simple enough they can be found elsewhere...more
Miriam
I picked up this book browsing in the library. This book had a cute idea of writing recipes in with the story, but as the other reviews say, it's a very empty story that could have been told in a few pages.

It was very repetitive and never went anywhere.

The first recipes seemed to be dumped into the middle--tripping it up instead of tying into the story. The later ones made more sense, but it seemed like they were trying too hard to string together a story when there never was a real plot. I got...more
Melissa
This book is worth buying just for the wonderful recipes it contains. Because of these recipes though, I do have to warn that reading this book won't take very long. The recipes are numerous and included within the story itself so the book is actually only about half as long as it looks. I'm not going to take the time to recap the rest of the books as there are twelve that come before and it would take a whole review just for that, but even so, this book could be read as a stand alone.

Sylvia, an...more
Michelle
This is a short book in the Elm Creek Quilt series and is the 13th novel. It is centered on the current day, with looks back in history. Rather than a full blown story, it is primarily a recipe book with the background of the preparation of the kitchen for remodeling as Sylvia and Anna clean out and pack. Sylvia remembers various short stories about certain items that they find and the recipes revolve around these particular stories. There are descriptions of holiday events, picnics, and more re...more
Julie Barrett
The quilter's kitchen an Elm Creek Quilts novel with recipes by Jennifer Chiaverini
This book is mainly about the kitchen at Elm Creek Manor. It is being renovated and Ana got the job to be the chef.
Lots of food and recipes that are served at the quilter's camp. Lots of stories about newly found dishes that hold a
place in Sylvia's heart and family. Love all the stories about the holiday foods.
Love the history of the feedsacks in quilting and farm work. Love hearing about all the treasures they f...more
Andrea Guy
I've read several books in Jennifer Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts series. I read them because I love the stories Sylvia tells about the history of Elm Creek Manor.

This book, however is bogged down by recipes, too many recipes and not enough story.

That is something I find it hard to believe, when it comes to the rich details Ms. Chiaverini goes to, in describing some of the meals that Sylvia shared with her family. Food was very much a part of life at Elm Creek Manor, but the recipes don't seem...more
Loralee
Chiaverini usually has engaging plots, characters whose problems interest the reader, and historical detail deftly tied into the story. This book lacks both story and cohesion, and is really more of an excuse for a cookbook. If you want to sample some recipes, go ahead; otherwise, all you need to know from this book is that Sylvia and Anna find a long-lost cornucopia during a kitchen clean-out which they decide to use for a new quilting tradition (see the Quilter's Holiday.)
Alma
This book is part of the Elm Creek Quilters series. It purports to be a novel, but the plot is extremely simple and thin, being only a short story about cleaning out an old kitchen and reliving the memories of meals made there. I’ve tried one recipe for mushroom soup which was pretty good and another for “Parmesan Puffs,” a kind of cheesy shortbread cooky that wasn’t a puff at all. (That one was a one-time experiment!) “Shoo-fly Pie” sounds interesting.
Cindy
This book introduces a new character, Anna Del Maso to the Elm Creek quilers. Anna will be the new head chef at the Manor and as she and Sylvia dismantle the kitchen in preparation of remodeling, Sylvia shares some of the traditions of the Manor.

The book has some wonderful recipes related to the traditions of the Manor, which remind me of my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage and I'll be trying them soon.
Myrna
I enjoyed this book. I love the Elm Creek Quilters, and it was really neat seeing the recipes. The story itself wasn't very long, and the book was mainly recipes, but there were a few hints of...what? a relationship change, maybe? Anyway, I'm looking forward to trying Summer's Vegetarian Chili!
Linda
I made two things out of this before I read the "story" around it. Both things were well received, however not up to my standards to make my permanent collection. The story is the same way. Anna is the new cook at Elm Creek Manor. Part of the arrangement is for her to get a remodeled kitchen. She shows up to help clear out cupboards to find the owner Sylvia already doing it.

They find trash and treasures, each inspiring Sylvia to relay some Elm Creek memory. Then there are recipes. We never reall...more
Trish
It occurs to me I am not giving Chiaverini the credit she amply deserves for imagining this series so completely and with such a sense of fun. The recipes in this book, created by Sally Sampson, include some really special treats. The recipes are from the olden days and include massive amounts of butter, but one can imagine ways to improve the calorie count. Shortly after looking through the recipes I happened to watch an episode of Julia Child on television and discover that the pie crust recip...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
In the tradition of every character needing their own book, comes The Quilter's Kitchen. Anna was introduced to Elm Creek in Circle of Quilters. In that book, she interviewed to become one of the new Elm Creek Quilters but was, instead, hired as the head chef for Elm Creek Manor. This book covers one day as Anna and Sylvia clean out the Elm Creek Manor kitchen in preparation for a major remodeling.

Anna is trying to find her place among the quilters and, predictably, the story is full of Sylvia's...more
penelopewanders
Number 13 in the Elm Creek Quilt series made available as a spiral by weeder.
I was intrigued when I realized this one wasn't on its way or circulating... so I ordered it, thinking to make it available if other spiral participants wanted to read it too.
Now that I have it and have read it, I understand why it wasn't included in the spiral. It's quite short, but more than that, it's actually more a cookbook. For this reason I am not tempted to send it on.
The whole story boils down to Anna and Sy...more
Donna
Anna Del Maso is the new chef at Elm Creek Manor. She had interviewed for a position as a quilter; but, the quilters liked the idea of her as chef, as the previous chef had quit.
Anna and Sylvia are cleaning out cupboards and other places to prepare for the kitchen to be updated with new appliances and cookware. It seems the kitchen was due for an update as had not been done since the 1940's. A lot of reminiscing is done by Sylvia as they go through the things. Sylvia tells of all the many diffe...more
Linda
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Bonnie
Meh. Compared to the last Chiaverini quilter's book I read, there's not much story here; it's mostly recipes (which granted sound tasty but left me wondering is this a recipe book or a novel?) The story is that basically two of the quilters; Sylvia and Anna are going thru the farmhouse doing some cleaning in the kitchen cupboards. They find neat old family heirlooms that bring back memories and make them think back on those past days. Kind of like when I take out old Christmas ornaments and hang...more
Mary Jo Weber
Very short book, mostly recipes. It is a story of getting ready to remodel the kitchen at Elm Creek Manor for the new chef they have hired. It is the story of discovering many items packed in the kitchen for years along with a lot of family memories. A sweet book!
Phoebe
Recommended by a friend who'd heard about it on the radio and thought the concept was compelling, I dove into The Quilter's Kitchen without really knowing what to expect. So no surprise, really, that the book didn't work for me. Although I was interested in the story told within the story, I didn't quite connect with the characters. The sense of urgency or risk was nil, combined with actual recipes lumped into collections that did not interact in the least with the rest of the story. It was a di...more
Barbara
Oct 21, 2008 Barbara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves the Elm Creek books...or a story with recipes
Shelves: general-fiction
Lovely to spend a little time with at least 2 of the Elm Creek Quilters, Sylvia and Anna.

It's definitely a short story, spread out with reflections of the celebrations of life with the kitchen (and food) at the center. About 100 recipes punctuate each chapter's reflections and some of them look TASTY! I'm thinking the pink champagne cake might get made for a friend's birthday...she'd enjoy it.

Only 2 stars because it really is a "short" story and I haven't tried any of the recipes yet. It might...more
Karen
Of all the Elm Creek Quilt books I have read so far, this is by far my least favorite. There is no plot -- just two women cleaning out kitchen cupboards in preparation for a remodeling job. They find treasures from the past and recipes that ancestors enjoyed making during the holidays. If you are a recipe collector and enjoy cooking, there were many good recipes including in each of the 10 chapters. I just wasn't looking for a recipe book to read. I wanted a plot and some action and relational c...more
Mary
This was an easy read but a little disappointing. I have grown to love the Elm Creek Quilters and get caught up when reading one of the novels to where I can't put it down. This book was mostly recipes that I probably will never use and could find in almost any cookbook. The story line was very simple - the new cook and the matriarch of the mansion were cleaning out the kitchen to get ready for some major remodeling. As they come across items that bring back memories, the matriarch would reminis...more
Heather
I enjoyed the story, but a very slim story compared to her other meaty novels.

I prefer a novel OR a recipe book...not one that tries to be both.
Traci
I liked this -- it was pretty much what I expected it to be, so I took a while to get around to reading it. The story is much shorter than the recipes given throughout, but I _did_ expect that. I think the author is setting things up for her next book as well as giving her readers the chance to try making some of the dishes she has talked about throughout the series of Elm Creek Quilt books. I will have to try the famous Bergstrom apple strudel sometime! Some of the recipes have been integral pa...more
Rayni
I wanted to get a Jennifer Chiaverini book at the library, but Runaway Quilt was checked out. I had looked at this book before, but since it's in a series, I wanted to save it. Then I decided maybe it was a "between the numbers" kind of book & would be safe to read. It was a quick read because I skipped all the recipes & read it for pleasure.

I did go back & look at the recipes. Most of them are labor intensive &, because of that, I wouldn't fix them. I didn't know all the terms...more
Robin
Apr 05, 2009 Robin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
I was so excited when I saw this small little book at the library. I brought it home and started it right away and right away I was greatly disappointed! The story line surrounds Anna, the Elm Creek Quilts new chef and Sylvia the owner and founder of Elm Creek Quilts. Anna is a whiny insecure girl who is fearful of not finding a place in the group. She drove me batty throughout the short story. Sylvia continues to hang on to the past with her negativity and she too drove me crazy. There was not...more
Rebecca
May 04, 2009 Rebecca rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Chiaverini has written 2 other small "in between the real novels books" full of recycled crap from the other books and deadly dull new content. The difference with this one is it's half recycled crap and half recipes. I didn't even end up checking it out at the library-it was so short that I read the whole thing while my daughter played with the puppets.

Instead of wasting time with filler books Chiaverini should stick to the full length Elm Creek Quilts novels-they're as amazing as this is under...more
Marie Buccellato
Very fast reading.......finished it in one day plus got some good recipes
Linda Sulzen
Not a story as much as it is a cookbook. I have tried several of the recipes which are delicious. Throughout the book series, stories are mentioned and history about german traditions in Sylvia's family especially a long description of her and her sister learning to make apple strudel from her mother and aunts. This book will only be a disappointment if you are expecting another novel. Instead, it gives a little background on the new chef to the manor, Anna, and her meals and recipes. If you hav...more
Kimberly
This was an unusual book in the Elm Creek Quilters series. It isn't the usual novel or cookbook. For me, it was disappointing in that I thought it would be the story of Anna, too creative cook. Several books in the series, as in The Aloha Quilt, center on one of the Elm Creek Quilters and tell that individual's story. This one doesn't do this. It provides a very brief narrative connecting Sylvia's kitchen memorabilia as the old Elm Creek kitchen is cleaned out in preparation for complete renovat...more
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Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of ten Elm Creek Quilts novels and An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler and An Elm Creek Quilts Album, as well as Elm Creek Quilts and Return to Elm Creek, two collections of quilt projects inspired by the series, and is the designer of the Elm Creek Quilts fabric lines from Red Rooster fabrics. She lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.
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