I was searching the library catalog for one of Tasha Tudor’s beloved children’s books when I saw that she had a cookbook. I immediately requested it and fell in love with it when it arrived – anyone who requests farm fresh eggs in her recipes is a woman after my own heart, and I was so excited to finally have the farm fresh eggs to use in her recipes!
Tasha Tudor has written and illustrated more than 75 children’s books. Until her death in 2008 at the age of 92, she lived in a house built by her son and actively led an 1830’s lifestyle – spinning and weaving flax, cooking on a wood stove, and tending her chickens, goats, exotic birds, and her indispensable Corgis. She even used flour ground from wheat she had planted and threshed herself. The cookbook is a collection of recipes and also reminiscences from her life. I found it a fascinating read, and it really piqued my interest into the world of Tasha Tudor. I might just have to check out her biography: The Private World of Tasha Tudor.
Recipes Tried: Becky’s Birthday Cake with Boiled White Frosting, Old-Fashioned Chocolate Sodas, Blueberry Coffee Cake, Butterscotch Rolls, Oatmeal Bread, Cheese Souffle, and Pancakes.
Pros: The recipes that I have tried have all been wonderful, but what really made it enjoyable for me were her reminiscences – she talks about winning the State Fair for her Oatmeal Bread, about her Jersey cow that loved waffles, and about going to make hot chocolate over a fire built down by the river. I thought the stories were just lovely, and I think you will too!
Cons: There is not one picture of food in the entire book. If you need photos this book may not be for you! But there are many charming illustrations done by Tasha Tudor herself throughout the book.