Tuesday 29 November 2016

Love and Food at Gran's table

Love and Food at Gran's table
Author: Natalie Oldfield
ISBN: 978-0-473-30726-4

Recipes made with love and
tested by time from 60 grandmothers from
New Zealand and around the world

A dear friend gave me this book with the instructions to read the inspiring stories of the grandmothers, then try their recipes.  This book is beautiful!  Right down to the maker ribbon, the details are exquisite.  There are 60 grandmothers stories, along-side a couple of their favourite recipes.  These are tried and try, handed down, and loved recipes.

Today it is cold here, I have no idea what has happened to our beautiful spring/summer weather but it is blowing and cold out there.  So I turned on the oven and picked up this book.  I made boiled fruit cake and read the story of 'Henrietta "Topsy" Ireland.  The boiled fruit cake was simple to make and smells divine!  Then, I made Nanna's Butter Bikkies and read the story of 'Edith Tolman Domeney'.  These biscuits are practically flying out the door.  They remind me of my Nana, who should be in this book as she was a beautiful lady.

Both these recipes contained simple every day ingredients.  I love that in any cookbook.  The treasure in this book is the stories.  They make the recipes 'real'.   They bring to life family and cooking, as they make me remember my grand-parents and the special things that only Nana could make successfully. 

Above all this book is so beautifully presented!  Nothing has been missed in it's presentation; it should be on every ones kitchen counter top.

Mmmm!  I am going to get a coffee and some of the boiled fruit cake.


Inspired by her own beloved grandmothers and their collective belief that 'food made with love is the best kind of all' Natalie Oldfield has embarked on a very personal journey to collect the stories and culinary wisdom of over 60 grandmothers from New Zealand and around the world.

Grandmothers have their own very special brand of benevolence.  Their tables are magical places where lasting memories are created.  Regularly laden with beautiful home-cooked food, they are at once a place of gathering, a place of sharing and laughter, and a place where family, friends neighbours, and community come together.

"Love & Food at Grans Table" brings together over 120 tried and true recipes; simple, wholesome and delicious food created with love by grans who spend every day caring for others, and in doing so bless generations of people.

Because the love we learn from our grans is a special kind of love -
and food made with love really does taste better.

Happy reading

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