Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook
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Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook

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In this combination memoir and family cookbook blogger and novelist Kathleen Valentine combines 30 posts from her blog with nearly 400 recipes collected from family and friends. Growing up in a "mostly Pennsylvania Dutch" family she collected and recorded recipes from grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, cousins, friends, etc. which were combined in the first Valentine...more
Paperback, 178 pages
Published February 14th 2010 by Parlez-Moi Press
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I grew up in St. Marys and this book brought back so many wonderful memories. Smell invokes the strongest memories and what smells better than a good saurkraut dish (that is, if you love saurkraut)! Kathleen has a very unique talent for blending storytelling, family and tradition.
As one who enjoys reading cookbooks.. this one knocked my socks off! It's one of the better written of all the cookbooks I've read over the years. I can see that I'll need to get a hardbound copy of this book.. as it's so full of SO many recipes.. that I want to make.. that trying to use my kindle in the kitchen around making meals.. is impractical.

I also enjoyed the many little helpful tidbits about the Valentine family and friends! It's nice to read for whom a recipe came from.. and for whom i...more
Got this as my free copy for First Reads and it is a lot of fun. The first thing I did was make the one called Lisa's Mile-High Brownie Pie and it was delicious! I also made the Whiskey Fudge Cake which is decadent beyond belief. I haven't tried any of the Dutch recipes yet but the desserts are winners so far.

There are lots of family stories in the book which are fun to read. Some people complain about not knowing the people but why on earth would anyone buy a family memoir if they didn't want t...more
This is an interesting cookbook. It combines short little stories along with recipes. Most of the stories are entertaining and surprisingly are not solely "family" stories. I like that you don't have to be a part of this family in order to enjoy this book. A few of the recipes seem a little lacking, however. Simple things like putting together a few pre-made items to make a dish just doesn't seem necessary, unless you're looking at the humor aspect. Over all I think this is an entertaining cookb...more
Soo Jin Kim
This isn't a modern cookbook with lots of food pictures. But if you are looking for family recipes handed down for generations this cookbook is what you want. It has a homey feeling with lots of personal photos and anecdotes on the side. Considering that it is a family cookbook I understand why personal photos are included in this book, but as an unrelated person who is just looking at a cookbook I would have preferred food photos instead. Also, I wish serving sizes were given, but overall a nic...more
It is kinda funny that I found this book on First Reads yet one of my elderly people had it. Grace brought it up because she wanted help finding a recipe the residents could make here at the facility.. something not very difficult yet sounded good. So, we read through the recipes and through the stories that went with them and looked at pictures. It was nice because the pictures got Grace and a few others that had joined us talking and remenicing. Great book all around
Nicholas Reardon
Fry Bacon. Add Onions: The Valentine Family & Friends Cookbook (Paperback) by Kathleen Valentine.

A very nice book which is a cross between history book and cook book

Well produced and very useful, would be able to say more about it but my wife has taken it off me and it will vanish off to her cookbook shelf hopefully coming down regularly to test out the ideas.

I won this from goodreads. It's a family cookbook with a great variety of recipes from beets and cabbage to buttermilk biscuits to pecan pie bars. yum! The book has lots of family stories and pictures, which would be much cooler if it was your own family or somebody you knew. The concept is great though, and there's definitely some recipes I'd love to try.
Another winner from Kathleen Valentine(if you haven't read her books give yourself that treat!) that shows the breadth of her writing capabilities. This is a down to earth cookbook that had some really cool and different recipes. Although I downloaded this onto my Kindle, I didn't like the formatting, so it will be one that I purchase a paperback version of.
overall a good concept. took a little bit to arrive but it's here so i'm happy. wide variety of recipes from homemade breads and soups to dinners and desserts. many of the recipes are pretty easy and a few use pre-made/already made ingredients in them. otherwise it'll be joining my cookbook collection
Mom's Russian Dressing
Sauerkraut Soup
Grandma Valentine's Sauerkraut, Potatoes, and Pork Chops
Aunt Rosie's Onion Pie
Easy Pecan Pie Bars
Super Easy Mincemeat Cookies
Steph Elias
I loved this book. From the stories, to the fantastic recipes, to the pictures, it was an all around pleasure to read. I look forward to more books from this author.
Diana Wood
I really enjoyed reading this book!
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Kathleen Valentine is the author of the coming-of-age novel, "The Old Mermaid's Tale," and two novels of romantic suspense, "Depraved Heart" and "Each Angel Burns." She has also written several novelettes of psychological horror including the best sellers "The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic" and "Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter." Her latest work is a novel in stories, "The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall...more
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