Sunday, September 07, 2008

Starting from Scratch

Last year I wrote a review of Patty Kirk's novel Amateur Believer, which was about her journey to faith. Several months later I was asked to review her new book Starting from Scratch:Memoirs of a Wandering Cook (publisher: Thomas Nelson) I assumed this book would have a similar theme of faith, but as you can tell by the title, it doesn't.

Unfortunately, I don't read through a book as quickly as I did when I was younger, and when I did finish reading it, the book kept disappearing under a mountain of "to do" projects.
There is, however, no excuse to be so late.

Patty Kirk, like most of us, likes to eat -- freshly prepared, savory, sensuous, delectable food. And from childhood, she has enjoyed cooking.

This is a story of Kirk's memories from childhood and her travels around the world as she improves her culinary skills and reminisces of meals gone by. At the end of each chapter, she includes recipes from her collection. Some are simple, some are tempting. There is something for just about anyone.

Apricot or Plum Dumplings.
Fricassee of Fowl
Mamaw's Buttermilk Biscuits
Stir-fried Tomatoes with Ginger and Onions
Sauerkraut with Pineapple

You can read about the world through the eyes and taste buds of Patty Kirk before she married and settled down on a farm in Oklahoma. And then you can try a few of her favorite recipes.

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