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Friday, October 11, 2013

Mmmmm. Tasty Review for Pork Chops!

Title: Pork Chops and Applesauce: A Collection of Recipes and Reflections
Author: Cynthia Briggs
Website: http://www.cynthiabriggsbooks.com/
Genre: Cookbook/Essays
ISBN: 1403381658

Reviewed by Elizabeth Tropp originally for Amazon

We all have favorite foods with a story connected to them. Maybe an old family recipe that has been passed down through the generations. Usually the stories are oral history but in Pork Chops and Applesauce author Cynthia Briggs decided to design a cookbook that connected the recipes to their "story". Most of the stories are fun, family memories connected to the stories although a few feel like a stretch...more of an advertisement for a local business in Briggs' New Mexico hometown.

As far as the recipe side of this dual cookbook/essays book they are, for the most part good, down home cooking. Nothing too gourmet, nothing too difficult. Just dishes that everyone in the family (even the infamous picky eater) will like. There's a wide variety of dishes: salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts, beverages. Truly a soups to nuts type of cookbook.

This book seems like a great choice as a gift, either for someone who likes cooking (or needs to learn how to cook) or for someone who enjoys family essays.
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