At Home On The Range by Elizabeth Gilbert and Margaret Yardley Potter

At Home On The Range

by Elizabeth Gilbert and Margaret Yardley Potter

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.