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Up a Country Lane Cookbook
For over 50 years Birkby has written a weekly column for her hometown paper containing recipes, stories of friends and family, and her personal philosophy of life. This volume contains the best of these recipes and stories from the 1940s and 1950s.
Paperback, 276 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by University Of Iowa Press
(first published December 31st 1993)
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Up A Country Lane is part memoir and part cookbook. Through stories and photographs Evelyn shares what life was like living on a farm in rural Iowa during the decade following WWII. Neither Evelyn or her husband Robert were farmers but like many young couples from the era they were eager to rent a farm, put down roots and build a meaningful life on the farm. Evelyn shares everything from the sense of community, gardening,the ritual of grocery shopping and the use of meat lockers to raising chick ...more
The recipes are classics in this book, from bread to dessert to gravy. The remarkable thing, though, is the narrative in which the recipes appear. Evelyn Birkby's cookbook is much more than that - a cross between an autobiography and a social history of a time & place in the US that's going or gone now. Some of her stories that accompany the recipes brought tears to my eyes.