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

At Home On The Range

by Elizabeth Gilbert and Margaret Yardley Potter

While unpacking boxes of old family books, Elizabeth Gilbert rediscovered a dusty, yellowed hardcover called At Home on the Range, originally written by her great-grandmother, Margaret Yardley Potter.

Having only been peripherally aware of the volume, Gilbert dug in with curiosity, soon finding that she had stumbled upon a book far ahead of its time. Part scholar and part crusader for a more open food conversation, Potter espoused the importance of farmer’s markets and "ethnic" food (Italian, Jewish, and German), derided preservatives and culinary shortcuts, and celebrated a devotion to epicurean adventures.

Reading this practical and humorous cookbook, it’s not hard to see that Gilbert inherited her great-grandmother’s love of food as well as her warm, infectious prose.