Hearth & Home

My Cookbook

I wrote Hearth & Home in 1995. In the home school arena there was a gal who had a national newsletter, mailing out monthly to subscribers. She asked me to do some articles. What she really wanted - as we were becoming long-distant friends - was for me to write a cookbook! She knew my starting out with articles would start the process, having various chapter topics begun, for a book.

I cook from Scratch. When I got married I did not know how to cook. The process of learning to cook had me questioning, "How did they make . . . Before Jello, Instant Puddings, Cake Mixes, etc? I didn't want to use Cream of Chicken or Mushroom soup cans called for in a lot of recipes - so how to improvise. I even have a recipe for Blooming Dirt Dessert totally made from scratch!

What most people use the book for is bread making. I've been grinding my own flours from grains for thirty years. So it's a how-to for using your home ground flours in recipes. People like my stocking the pantry and cooking tips sections. I talk about thinking "Whole". I chat around the recipes and a lot in the book's back chapters. There's no pictures - it was back in the era of clip art software.

Nutritionally, things have changed a lot in twenty years. In this 8th edition I've added a forward to where I'm at now. My blog tells you all that too. My book does have some "low fat" talk - but moreso has you evaluate what kinds of fat. I said (and still do) use mainly olive oil and butter. Stay away from partially hydrogenated anything and high fructose corn syrup products.

The Back of the Book tho new ISBN# and printer
2 Forwards
Homemade Health
Breakfast Anyone?!!!
Breads & Ladies
Dinner or Supper?
Soups & Stocks
Beans & Burgers
Pies & Sweet somethings
Cooking Tips & Pantry Stocking
Common Sense Nutrition
Gardening & Bringing in the Harvest
Homemade Soap
Recipes For Life
The Art of Life
Thought Food For the Future
Unconventional Bibliography

This is the "classic" Hearth & Home. Years ago a friend did some re-formating of it, adding it to his Healthy Living Press books, and you'll find it on Amazon as a much cheaper book. It is cheaper - cheaper quality: it's smaller, white thin paper pages, shiny cover . . . It doesn't have the old-fashioned feel I created the book to be. Don't know what the future will be. If his format is print-on-demand type, I'll probably have him stop, let him keep the eBook format, and me have the original presence on Amazon, as of old. It IS MY book! It is around $25.