101–Summoning the Will—Alcott

Heather

Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

11 Responses

  1. Nina says:

    I’m catching up on old podcasts but heard you talking about cookbooks. I’m sure you’ve found one by now but we adore the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. She also has a blog which is hilarious and her recipes are delicious. Our family is also vegetarian and she has a ton of great vegetarian fare. I’m very much enjoying listening to Little Women and Jane Eyre!

  2. Olin says:

    crafting-a-life.com, how do you do it?

  3. pancake and lulu says:

    Sorry! It is called “How to Cook *Everything*” by Mark Bittman.

  4. pancake and lulu says:

    Hi!
    I am a little behind on the podcasts, but i just heard your plea for a good basic cookbook and had to chime in:

    “How to Cook” by Mark Bittman.

    This book is my cooking bible. Why I love it? The recipes are simple (mostly). They don’t require a huge list of ingredients. There are often variations after the recipe, so you can easily use what you happen to have in the house. This book has almost any recipe I am looking for–not always but often.

    Anyway, I have 2 kids also and I have learned a lot from this book–I am a better shopper and have even learned to (sort of) intuitively cook from this book.

    Good luck and happy cooking,
    Aimee

    And thanks for all the wonderful podcasts!!

  5. Sarah says:

    I’m a little behind, and just listened to episode 101 today. Once you started describing the kind of cookbook you’re looking for, I immediately thought of one of my favorites, the “More with Less” cookbook. Here’s an amazon link–http://www.amazon.com/More-Less-Cookbook-Janzen-Longacre/dp/083619103X

    This cookbook, compiled and published in the 70s, I think, by a Mennonite group has great suggestions for what staples to have on hand, along with suggestions for using leftovers, and shopping tips. There are also instructions for whipping up your own dry mixes for pancakes/muffins etc. that you can keep on hand and adapt with whatever else is in the fridge. Finally, one of the underlying values of the whole cookbook is being a responsible member of a global community–having a fuller life with a smaller footprint. I adore this cookbook. I grew up with recipes my mom drew from it, and have now made it my own.

  6. CarolineF says:

    Was it one of us who read the second chapter in this episode, where Jo talks to Marmee about how she wishes she could marry Meg and keep her at home? I don’t want to offend if it is – but I’m old enough to know what a ‘flat iron’ is and it isn’t a ‘flatter on’….

  7. Jenn says:

    I’m loving Little Women. I’m a little behind on my listening, so just heard your request for cookbooks this morning. One I find myself pulling off the shelf regularly is my Fannie Farmer cookbook. It’s full of staple recipes and each section has recipes which use leftovers. I bought it originally for the oatmeal raisin cookie recipe, and wore out my softcover version!

  8. abby says:

    I adore Mark Bittman – the Minimalist from the Times. HTCE in the World really expanded my cooking horizons, but the Minimalist Cooks Dinner is a great resource. He seems to be all about improv in the kitchen, and the Dinner book has recipes and many suggestions for variations based on what sounds good and what’s in the cupboard.

  9. Sonserae says:

    Here is a show on foodnetwork that may be helpful for healthy, quick, smart meals…

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_rm/0,2757,FOOD_23676,00.html

    She also has a book out

    http://www.foodnetworkstore.com/p-625074-Robin-to-the-Rescue.aspx

    Hope that helps!

    Sonserae

  10. Nancy McCarroll says:

    Here is a link to Intuitive Cooking; it is all my husband’s recipies which he makes…easy and good and NO MUSHROOM SOUP or VELVEETA!!!

    He writes a blog, and these 27recipes are under his link for his personally crafted, easy recipes. The link is:

    “http://livingthegrandlife.blogspot.com/search/label/recipe”
    Hope you like them!

  11. Aiglet says:

    You said in this entry that you feel that the historical view of teachers in America is just as poor as the modern one…

    What about Laura Ingalls? I think in *girls’* novels, teachers are much more positively portrayed, perhaps because it was one of the only career paths open to them and it wouldn’t be a good idea to show them that they were entering a low status profession any more than is strictly necessary.