Grandma’s Home Bakery by Harriet Monroe

41-YPCQqh4L._SY315_BO1,204,203,200_This first cookbook will teach people of all ages to bake bread, cakes and cookies and to enjoy the creative process that is part of creating new recipes from tested basic recipes. The central recipes in this small volume were collected and handed down to my grandmother by several generations. That means the recipes have a documented history of nearly 200 years and, perhaps, much more.

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“Enjoyable cookbook”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Bill Norton

I bought this book because I am not a baker. But someone who is a baker will also enjoy the book and get some really good recipes from it. I am a good cook though. I wanted recipes that were easy to follow and this book seemed to be the one for me. I love the recipes for the breads. I plan to make the corn bread soon and then start on the other bread recipes. There are many cake and cookie recipes that I want to tackle in the future. There are photos of the finished product, which I love.

Also, Ms. Monroe tells us about her grandmother and describes her grandma’s kitchen, which is very interesting. We learn modern adaptations of the recipes also, and she also gives us a lot of tips.

You will not be disappointed.

About the Author

Harriet Monroe is a writer, photographer, chef and former business owner. Her self-published “Grandma’s Home Bakery” is homage to the grandmother who taught her as a young child to bake and feel at home in the kitchen. It includes many traditional recipes that have been passed down in the family for generations. It also includes her modernization of these recipes and new variations on flavors and uses. For example, the first recipe in the book is traditional white bread and the last is a variation on that recipe to make marvelous pecan sticky buns. The cookbook is ideal for anyone wanting to learn to bake bread, cookies and cakes. It is perfect for teaching children and features many of the author’s own photographs illustrating method and technique.

Current projects in development include the story of her father’s first attempt at retirement and the cat that made change possible. The working title is “The Retirement Cat” and it is a record of love and rescue and the discovery that transformation is possible even late in life. It is a children’s story for adults. The second project is a family history drawing upon the many boxes of photographs and documents accumulated by generations. The project is developing as a timeline of four families and the local, national and international events that shaped their lifetimes. The story will span 5 generations from 1830 through 1950. The task includes cataloging and preserving hundreds of photographs and documents and research. It may take some time to complete.

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