Gladys Taber's Stillmeadow Cook Book


by Gladys Taber, Lippincott, second 1965 printing of the 1949 publication. Out of print. Hardback, green cloth covers, no DJ, 335 pages.

The late author and magazine columnist was best known for her Stillmeadow books, warm-hearted chronicles of her life at her country house in Connecticut in the '30s through the '50s. Her loves were family, friends, flowers, and the garden, dogs, cats, cooking, and hunting down recipes, though not necessarily in that order.

Taber's idyllic tales of daily life in the country were already almost fading away when she wrote them, and period pieces today (though they are "cozy reads" if you find time and a quiet corner). Taber didn't wallow in the past though -- at least in the kitchen -- and embraced (then) new kitchen appliances like electric skillets and self-defrosting refrigerators(!). Her recipes, because as much as she could, she used seasonal, fresh ingredients from the garden, are timeless.

Recommended. Slight wear to extremities. VG+/--.

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