"You must have a place to which you can go in your heart, your mind, or your house, almost everyday, where you do not owe anyone and where no one owes you--a place that simply allows for the blossoming of something new and promising."
- Joseph Campbell
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again / Review
For 10 years, Lisa Schroeder, chef and owner of Mother's Bistro & Bar in Portland, Oregon, has been serving her guests home-style food their mother, grandmothers and great-grandmothers might have made. Now she wants to teach people how to make these dishes themselves. With Mother's Best, Schroeder offers recipes for 150 of her favorite dishes and have seasoned it generously with advice gleaned from all her years behind the stove.
When I first opened this cookbook, it made me think of all the comfort foods my mother and grandmother made when I was young. Yum! It is filled with down-home recipes and useful hints that a mother would teach her daughter. It even tells how to cut up a whole chicken! Mother's Best has recipes like Nana's Chicken Fried Chicken; Meatloaf Gravy; Manhattan Clam Chowder; Mama's Minestrone; Grandma Mary's Meatball and Sunday Gravy; $15,000 Crab Cakes with Creole Mustard Sauce; Mother's Biscuits and Gravy; Basic Scones; Mother's Pulled Pork Sandwich; Mother's Apple Crisp; and many more recipes that remind me of my own mother's cooking, with a few subtle changes.
Mother's Best: Comfort Food That Takes You Home Again has 150 favorite, mouth-watering recipes, and most important, teaches how to cook with love. It is an inspiration and will make your family keep coming back home for more. I especially like the recipe for Chicken Caccitore.
I'm giving this cookbook 5+ stars!!
(Thank you to Ms. Noblin at The Taunton Press for my review copy.)