At Home On The Range
by Elizabeth Gilbert Author and Margaret Yardley Potter Author
Before Elizabeth Gilbert was the bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, she wrote a ton of rad, fascinating, well-written, and often historical books. And after she was a bestselling author, she kept doing that. This one is a very personal project -- a cookbook originally written by her great-grandmother, Margaret Yardley Potter in 1947. While modern tastes will find some of the food aspirational, some practical, and some of it gross, Gilbert's annotations make it come alive as a window into the eating and culture of an era, and the character of an individual: "Gima" was a warm, strong-willed hostess and matriarch, who traveled the world, raised a large and close-knit family, and died young of alcoholism. McSweeney's gives the book its trademark beautiful treatment, with an embossed hardcover and cool illustrations.
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