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Experience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women right in your own kitchen. Here at last is the first cookbook to celebrate the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. If your family includes a Little Women fan, or if you yourself are one, with this book you can keep t Experience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women right in your own kitchen. Here at last is the first cookbook to celebrate the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. If your family includes a Little Women fan, or if you yourself are one, with this book you can keep the magic and wonder of the beloved tale alive for years to come. Do you wonder what makes the characters so excited to make—and eat!—sweets and desserts like the exotically named Blancmange or the mysterious Bonbons with Mottoes, along with favorites like Apple Turnovers, Plum Pudding, and Gingerbread Cake? Find out for yourself with over 50 easy-to-make recipes for these delectable treats and more, all updated for the modern kitchen. From Hannah’s Pounded Potatoes to Amy’s Picnic Lemonade, from the charming Chocolate Drop Cookies that Professor Bhaer always offers to Meg’s twins to hearty dinners that Hannah and Marmee encourage the March sisters to learn to make, you’ll find an abundance of delicious teatime drinks and snacks, plus breakfasts, brunches, lunches, suppers, and desserts. Featuring full-color photos, evocative illustrations, fun and uplifting quotes from the novel, and anecdotes about Louisa May Alcott, this is a book that any Little Women fan will love to have.


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Experience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women right in your own kitchen. Here at last is the first cookbook to celebrate the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. If your family includes a Little Women fan, or if you yourself are one, with this book you can keep t Experience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women right in your own kitchen. Here at last is the first cookbook to celebrate the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. If your family includes a Little Women fan, or if you yourself are one, with this book you can keep the magic and wonder of the beloved tale alive for years to come. Do you wonder what makes the characters so excited to make—and eat!—sweets and desserts like the exotically named Blancmange or the mysterious Bonbons with Mottoes, along with favorites like Apple Turnovers, Plum Pudding, and Gingerbread Cake? Find out for yourself with over 50 easy-to-make recipes for these delectable treats and more, all updated for the modern kitchen. From Hannah’s Pounded Potatoes to Amy’s Picnic Lemonade, from the charming Chocolate Drop Cookies that Professor Bhaer always offers to Meg’s twins to hearty dinners that Hannah and Marmee encourage the March sisters to learn to make, you’ll find an abundance of delicious teatime drinks and snacks, plus breakfasts, brunches, lunches, suppers, and desserts. Featuring full-color photos, evocative illustrations, fun and uplifting quotes from the novel, and anecdotes about Louisa May Alcott, this is a book that any Little Women fan will love to have.

30 review for The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    First, lets talk about that cover. How adorable is that?! I love it. 💕 So, ok, it is no secret that I have a thing for literary inspired cookbooks. 😍 I think they are fun. 😁 Make great gifts and are super cool to collect. 🎁 When I saw this one up on NetGalley, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. 👐 I adore Little Women, and I love to cook...win win. 👍👍 The book is divided into four chapters... -- Hannah’s Breakfasts 🍛 -- Gatherings with Family and Friends 🍴 -- March Family Dinners and Suppers 🍻 - First, lets talk about that cover. How adorable is that?! I love it. 💕 So, ok, it is no secret that I have a thing for literary inspired cookbooks. 😍 I think they are fun. 😁 Make great gifts and are super cool to collect. 🎁 When I saw this one up on NetGalley, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. 👐 I adore Little Women, and I love to cook...win win. 👍👍 The book is divided into four chapters... -- Hannah’s Breakfasts 🍛 -- Gatherings with Family and Friends 🍴 -- March Family Dinners and Suppers 🍻 -- Sweet Treats, Desserts, and Drinks 🍭 Each chapter has easy to follow recipes. ☑ A quote from Little Women, and a bit of trivia about the food item. 🔤 There are also a nice selection of colorful graphics, and photographs to get your mouth watering. 🎨 Here are just a few of the yummy sounding recipes you will find within... -- Buckwheat Pancakes 🍪 -- Amy’s "Christmas Day" Muffins 🎅 -- Classic Roast Beef Tenderloin 🍖 -- Jo’s Much-Improved Asparagus 🍡 -- Spice-Trade Deviled Eggs 🍳 -- Garden Pot Pie 🍲 -- Hannah’s Pounded Potatoes 🍯 -- Amy’s “Pickled Lime” Sugar Cookies 🍥 -- Jo’s Gingerbread 🍪 -- “Lemon Cheese” Tartlets 🍊 -- Amy’s Frothy French Drinking Chocolate ☕ This would make a great gift for any Little Women fan! 💞 BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | PINTEREST | BOOKBUB

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    I am a huge fan of Louisa May Alcott and of the era in which she wrote her classic books, including Little Women. I also own a Bed and Breakfast so I’m always on the hunt for great recipes – new and old. This cookbook was a dream come true. So often books refer to the food the characters are enjoying and, yet, in older classics it can difficult to find a corresponding recipe. With The Little Women Cookbook, we get to enjoy the flavors of that time but with modern era ingredients and, of course, I am a huge fan of Louisa May Alcott and of the era in which she wrote her classic books, including Little Women. I also own a Bed and Breakfast so I’m always on the hunt for great recipes – new and old. This cookbook was a dream come true. So often books refer to the food the characters are enjoying and, yet, in older classics it can difficult to find a corresponding recipe. With The Little Women Cookbook, we get to enjoy the flavors of that time but with modern era ingredients and, of course, cooking appliances. I prepared multiple recipes from the book, from main dishes to desserts, and I haven’t found one yet that I didn’t love. Admittedly, this time of year my favorites included the Gingerbread and Apple Dumpling recipes, both of which were better than my own grandmother’s. If you like to cook/bake and adore cookbooks as much as I do, then this is a must-have addition to your kitchen. Bake up something wonderful and enjoy the new movie based on Alcott’s timeless classic, Little Women.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    I collect cookbooks, especially bookish ones. I love Louisa Mae Alcott's book about the March family. It's been one of my favorite classics ever since I first read it as a child. Reading through the recipes and quotes in this cookbook make me want to re-read the novel! I added it to my TBR list! :) This cookbook is filled with quotes from the book, many color photographs and wholesome recipes. I think Marmee would be proud of all the yummy food in its pages. She would gladly have served every one I collect cookbooks, especially bookish ones. I love Louisa Mae Alcott's book about the March family. It's been one of my favorite classics ever since I first read it as a child. Reading through the recipes and quotes in this cookbook make me want to re-read the novel! I added it to my TBR list! :) This cookbook is filled with quotes from the book, many color photographs and wholesome recipes. I think Marmee would be proud of all the yummy food in its pages. She would gladly have served every one of these dishes to her girls, and Laurie, too! There are more than 50 dishes ranging from desserts and breakfasts to dinner and party fare. The ingredients are simple and the instructions are concise. A book lover does not have to be a gourmet cook to enjoy making any of these recipes! The dishes would be fun to make for a book club night, or just for a weeknight dinner. The front cover art is attractive. It definitely caught my eye and made me want to peruse the recipes in this book. The page layout is easy to read. The photographs complement the recipes, rather than crowding the page. The font is easy to read. Definitely a nicely laid out cookbook! There is a full index to all recipes in the back of the book. The recipes are indexed by main ingredient, making things simple to find! I am definitely getting a copy of this book for my cookbook shelf! My two favorite recipes are the Spice-Trade Deviled Eggs and Hannah's Cottage Pie. Can't wait to try making them, and just about every other dish in the book! **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Quarto Publishing via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Truth be told (and even with a bit of guilt as it does seem as though most of the posted reviews have been very much positive and often even glowing), I am actually more than a bit conflicted regarding Wini Moranville’s The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family. For while the general set-up of direct quotes from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women novel combined with over forty diverse recipes (from breakfasts to desserts and drinks) is indeed v Truth be told (and even with a bit of guilt as it does seem as though most of the posted reviews have been very much positive and often even glowing), I am actually more than a bit conflicted regarding Wini Moranville’s The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family. For while the general set-up of direct quotes from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women novel combined with over forty diverse recipes (from breakfasts to desserts and drinks) is indeed very appealing (and with much information on 19th century cookery as well as many appreciated photographs of the end products), I do have to admit that I have a few rather major issues with some of the foods and repasts Wini Moranville has included in The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends And Family and in fact also, it seems, with Moranville’s general attitude towards food. For one, the fact that rather more than a few of the presented recipes call for highly processed modern day, contemporary ingredients such as store-bought instant baking mixes, frostings and icings, this does (to and for me at least) lose a bit of the feeling that The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family truly presents the 19th century (and really, although I do understand that The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from The March Sisters and Their Friends and Family would of course and by necessity need to feature recipes prepared using modern kitchen appliances, still in my humble opinion and to keep the sense of historical realism and adherence to Little Women as a novel alive and present, ALL of the featured recipes should as much as possible be made from so-called scratch and should certainly NOT contain ingredients such as the above mentioned baking mixes and store-bought frostings). And for two, I also and furthermore do tend to find what I for one can only label as Wini Moranville’s modern USA American food bias rather a personal annoyance and frustration. For example, I am indeed a trifle offended by the author’s claims that while in the 19th century, breakfast often consisted of both sweet and savoury fare (such as fried liver, kidneys, kippered herrings and the like), in today’s world, breakfasts would as a rule supposedly not include liver, kidneys, fish etc. (as while this might indeed be true in many modern American households, in both the United Kingdom and much of continental Europe, fish and diverse meats being consumed for breakfast is still very much common), not to mention that I am also incredibly annoyed to actually not find in The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family an offering for Amy March’s pickled limes (and the excuse that Wini Moranville uses to justify having lime based sugar cookies instead really makes no sense, as once again, while pickled limes might well not be a common modern USA food item, pickled citrus fruit are actually a standard ingredient in both the cooking traditions of Asia and the Mediterranean, and yes, this is in my humble opinion at least ample enough reason for the inclusion of a bona fide pickled lime recipe and not that pale, lifeless and not at all in the spirit of Little Women sugar cookie recipe). Therefore only a three star ranking for The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family, for an appealing enough in set-up literary cookbook, but with recipe selections that I do have to sometimes shake my head at and an authorial bias in favour of modern and sometimes highly processed food ingredients that does leave a bit to be desired (with the added caveat that even though Bronson Alcott and his family were considered to be vegans, there is in my opinion only one strictly vegan recipe to be found in The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family and considering it is a lemonade recipe, this does not really count for me, and well, I guess that knowing and being aware of the Alcotts’ rather strict for the 19th century veganism, I am certainly a bit surprised and flabbergasted at the quite large amount of strictly meat based meal suggestions being featured by Wini Moranville in The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Reviews

    Wini Moranville’s The Little Women Cookbook features yummy and approachable recipes from the March sisters and their friends. I enjoyed this literary cookbook but I wish it was a little better designed and had more interesting photos. This charming cookbook has clearly detailed recipes that are simple and easy to follow. I particularly like that the ingredients are familiar and accessible. I also love that Moranville includes set menus for dinner parties and picnics so you can dine just like the Wini Moranville’s The Little Women Cookbook features yummy and approachable recipes from the March sisters and their friends. I enjoyed this literary cookbook but I wish it was a little better designed and had more interesting photos. This charming cookbook has clearly detailed recipes that are simple and easy to follow. I particularly like that the ingredients are familiar and accessible. I also love that Moranville includes set menus for dinner parties and picnics so you can dine just like the characters. The book is divided into four chapters filled with delicious recipes: Hannah’s Breakfasts, Gatherings with Family and Friends, March Family Dinners and Suppers; and Sweet Treats, Desserts, and Drinks. There are familiar recipes like mac and cheese and fish chowder alongside unusual dishes like Jo’s Shellfish Relish and Meg’s Currant Jelly Sauce. I cannot wait to make Maple-Cornmeal Drop Biscuits or Amy’s Frothy French Drinking Chocolate! Moranville’s dedication to history truly makes this book unique. She includes information on traditional nineteenth century cooking, mentions popular cookbooks of that era and gives examples of traditional meals from the March sisters’ time. I love learning about the food history in this fun and approachable way! I feel like I reread the novel through this cookbook! At the beginning of each recipe, there are quotes from the book that neatly tie into the recipes. There are also fun anecdotes about Louisa May Alcott. Did you know that she referred to her house as “Orchard Slump” and that her father was vegan? The cookbook features some bright full-colour pictures and a cute page design. I love the adorable illustrations of the March sisters. However, I wish the illustrations carried throughout to make the book’s design livelier. I also wish there were much more pictures and that the pictures were more interesting and relevant to the book. They are good pictures but they could have belonged to any cookbook and they didn’t particularly reflect Little Women. The Little Women Cookbook is an excellent literary cookbook. Although, I wanted a more interesting design and more specific photos, this is a wonderful collection. This is perfect for those who love literary cookbooks, food history, and, of course, Little Women fans. I love literary cookbooks and this will be a fun addition to my collection! Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Harvard Common Press for this book in exchange for an honest review. 👩👩👩👩 little women out of 5!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    For one hundred and fifty years readers have identified with the March sisters. Louisa May Alcott drew from her family members and life, making Little Women a beloved story with relatable characters. Set during the Civil War, with Mr. March at war far from home, the March sisters and their mother struggle to obtain their basic needs. Food insecurity impacts their home and the community. The novel begins with the preparation of a Christmas breakfast feast which the girls valiantly donate to an im For one hundred and fifty years readers have identified with the March sisters. Louisa May Alcott drew from her family members and life, making Little Women a beloved story with relatable characters. Set during the Civil War, with Mr. March at war far from home, the March sisters and their mother struggle to obtain their basic needs. Food insecurity impacts their home and the community. The novel begins with the preparation of a Christmas breakfast feast which the girls valiantly donate to an immigrant family. The women content themselves with a meal of bread and milk. The book ends with a meal as well, a picnic supper. Wini Moranville, "writer, cookbook author, and lover of historic and heirloom recipes," was asked to write The Little Women Cook Book in conjunction with the 2019 Little Women movie. With charming illustrations and quotations from the novel, it is a delight. I enjoyed revisiting the novel through the lens of communal meals. Well-chosen quotations from Little Women keep our attention on the inspiration source for the recipes. Wini researched American cookbooks from the mid 19th c. Some foods from the novel, like the pickled limes traded between schoolgirls, would not appeal today, so Wini gives us "Pickled Lime" Sugar Cookies. Milk-Toast was a simple meal of warm milk poured over buttered toasted bread, perhaps seasoned with salt or sugar and cinnamon. I recall my grandfather, born in 1905, enjoying it as a dessert from his country childhood. From the passage, "The omelet was scorched, and the biscuits speckled with saleratus", Wini gives two recipes, omelets and Maple-Cornmeal Drop Biscuits, and a history of baking powder. Other recipes from the past include: "Meg was already covering the buckwheats..."~Buckwheat Pancakes "It was too bad to laugh at the poor little jelly pots."~ Meg's Currant Jelly Sauce "We'll have lettuce and make a salad."~ Jo's Lettuce Salad "...and Amy made lemonade..."~Amy's Lemonade Also appearing are Mr. Bhaer's Chocolate drops; Bonbons and mottoes, candies wrapped in papers printed with riddles and sayings; Jo's Gingerbread; the apple turnovers from the picnic; and Meg's Plum Pudding. Where the novel is silent on specifics, Wini turns to recipes popular during the time period. Newlywed Meg uses a popular cookbook, The Young Housekeeper's Friend. Indian meal--cornmeal--was popularly used in many dishes. Wini offers us Indian Meal Griddle Cakes, with a version with blueberries that caught my attention. Meg also has Mrs. Corneliu's Receipt Book and Wini shares Meg's Macaroni and Cheese from that book. It is very like the recipe I have used all my life. The recipes are tempting! I was given access to a free ebook by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review

  7. 4 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    I loved this so much, full of gorgeous illustrations, great recipes, quotes from the book, it’s such an attractive and adorable addition to the world of Little Women. I am going to have to buy in hardback now because it was so beautiful (kindle version to be used for recipes as to far too gorgeous to cause me to accidentally soil-which I would) An absolutely beautiful cookbook.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Taryn

    This was a truly lovely cookbook that will take you back into the classic read Little Women. Filled with homey feeling recipes directly from the classic any true fan will be transported into the book and come out the other side excited about cooking some tasty food. It was a great celebration of Little Women and will have you picking it up again just so you can find the recipes mentioned throughout. The author did a.beauty job and even included fabulous illustrations, and quotes from the stories This was a truly lovely cookbook that will take you back into the classic read Little Women. Filled with homey feeling recipes directly from the classic any true fan will be transported into the book and come out the other side excited about cooking some tasty food. It was a great celebration of Little Women and will have you picking it up again just so you can find the recipes mentioned throughout. The author did a.beauty job and even included fabulous illustrations, and quotes from the stories. It is a well rounded cookbook and the recipes are easy to make. I gave the Gingerbread cake a try and it turned out beautifully. I'll be making it again for the upcoming holiday season. I look forward to trying more recipes and to returning to the classic, it is definitely a.favored read!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover The Little Women Cookbook by Wini Moranville is a must-have for fans of the classic Louisa May Alcott series. The book contains simple recipes that are inspired by the food in the books. Also, there are some cute illustrations and quotes from the stories to accompany the instructions. One of my favourite classics, Little Women, is a story that celebrates families and sisters. The Little Women Cookbook carries on this theme with some straightforward recipes that will Full Review on The Candid Cover The Little Women Cookbook by Wini Moranville is a must-have for fans of the classic Louisa May Alcott series. The book contains simple recipes that are inspired by the food in the books. Also, there are some cute illustrations and quotes from the stories to accompany the instructions. One of my favourite classics, Little Women, is a story that celebrates families and sisters. The Little Women Cookbook carries on this theme with some straightforward recipes that will bring you back to the world of the March family. Recipes, such as Jo’s Much Improved Asparagus and Amy’s “Pickled Lime” Sugar Cookies, will evoke strong memories of the books and its characters. ❀ WHIMSICAL IMAGES This cookbook not only features recipes that are influenced by Alcott’s books, it also contains some whimsical images and photographs. In addition, the author shares quotes from the stories and some history about the era the book was written in. These little tidbits make the book much more than a collection of recipes, but a companion for fans of the original stories. Mr. Bhaer’s chocolate drops are represented in this book, and the Vanilla Butter Cookies that are included in the cookbook are quick, easy, and delicious. They were definitely gobbled up pretty fast at my house, as I imagine Meg’s children would have in Little Women. ❀ GREAT GIFT IDEA If you have a Little Women fan in your life, this book would make a great gift. It is a pretty cookbook that will be a great addition to any shelf. It makes the wait for the new movie a little bit easier, for sure!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    This is a sweet little cookbook for fans of Little Women. The author explains at the start that she researched recipes of the time but adapted most of them for modern times. I collect historic cookbooks and love cooking old-time recipes, so was hoping for more authenticity. These recipes tend to call for things like purchased cookie mixes, cake mixes, frosting, puff pastry, etc. while I prefer to cook from scratch and would prefer more of that sort. There are some from-scratch recipes, such as f This is a sweet little cookbook for fans of Little Women. The author explains at the start that she researched recipes of the time but adapted most of them for modern times. I collect historic cookbooks and love cooking old-time recipes, so was hoping for more authenticity. These recipes tend to call for things like purchased cookie mixes, cake mixes, frosting, puff pastry, etc. while I prefer to cook from scratch and would prefer more of that sort. There are some from-scratch recipes, such as for lemonade (although she offers a fancier version than they probably made, with orange and cloves and such added). There are color photos of many of the dishes and lots of sweet quotes from the books. She also gives some information about how things would have been made back then (with a kind of "aren't you glad you don't have to eat that gross stuff" tone) and lots of interesting tidbits. Note to folks on special diets-- these recipes are heavy on wheat and meat. There is a vegetarian pot pie recipe that mentions Alcott's father was a vegan but it includes dairy. Folks who are vegetarian or gluten free may not find many recipes that will work for their needs. (Vegetarians who want to try authentic historic recipes should look for Henrietta Dwight's 1898 cookbook "The Golden Age Cook Book," which is vegetarian and praises the benefits of a "bloodless diet." You can download digital copies free from many sources and it is a very interesting historic read.) This will be a great book for fans of the books, not necessarily for those who want to cook authentic dishes from the time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I am so excited to be receiving this for review. I love Little Women. I remember reading it a couple of times when I was a little girl. This cookbook brightens my day and my moms.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

    What a charming little cookbook! I have a deep nostalgic love for both Little Women and for heirloom recipes (even though I can't eat many of them due to dietary restrictions), and this book offered plenty of both, presented in an absolutely beautifully designed and formatted cookbook, full of fascinating culinary history, biographical tidbits about Alcott and her family and home, and lovely artwork. This is honestly one of the best tie-in cookbooks I've even read. The recipes as presented sound What a charming little cookbook! I have a deep nostalgic love for both Little Women and for heirloom recipes (even though I can't eat many of them due to dietary restrictions), and this book offered plenty of both, presented in an absolutely beautifully designed and formatted cookbook, full of fascinating culinary history, biographical tidbits about Alcott and her family and home, and lovely artwork. This is honestly one of the best tie-in cookbooks I've even read. The recipes as presented sound delicious and accessible to the modern reader, without sounding anachronistic to the historical period of the book it honors. Due to be dishes typical to its era, there really is almost no dish that my vegan-preferring, gluten intolerant self can hope to eat, but for those without similar dietary restrictions, the dishes sound delicious as well as nostalgic, updated with modern conveniences, ingredients, and measurements that surely all the Marches, particularly the kitchen-challenged Jo, would have loved. Each recipe is presented in a charmingly beautiful book, complete with lovely color food photography, and short but fascinating and relevant information about each recipe, not only how it ties in to the Marchs' story, but also historical context for the dish, and even reasons and methods of updating the recipes to make them more accessible to contemporary readers. No longer must cooks heat a shovel over open flame and apply it to the top of mac and cheese in order to brown it, for instance. We have much better ovens than cooks of their day did, and can trust them to evenly bake and brown such dishes. The author is clearly passionate about the topics of both Little Women and of food and cookbooks, and has clearly done due diligence with researching both topics. I learned so much from reading this, and enjoyed every minute of it. I hadn't remembered just how much food figures into the Marchs' story, so the inclusion of quotations from Little Women throughout the book, and references to culinary facts and trends of their era, such as the contents of the actual cookbook Meg uses when she's first married, are fascinating and charming. I'll admit that there's some repetition of quotations and stories. Many of the food passages in the story feature multiple dishes, that are spread throughout this cookbook, and so stories, quotations, and historical facts can be repeated several times by the end of the book. But that small fact is the closest thing I'd have to a complaint about this book. I'm so grateful that #Netgalley and Harvard Commons Press/ Quarto let me read an advance copy of #TheLittleWomenCookbook in exchange for an honest review. I loved every minute of it, and highly recommend it to cookbook lovers and fans of Little Women alike, especially if you have a conventional diet that permits enjoying all the recipes featured here. Even if you cannot, or do not wish to, cook the recipes, the book is lovely enough to be a fun coffee table book or addition to a cookbook library.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing "cool" to do but reading sitting in front of the a/c as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. (Yes it is hot and humid in Canada!) I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Exper When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing "cool" to do but reading sitting in front of the a/c as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader. (Yes it is hot and humid in Canada!) I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Experience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women right in your own kitchen. Here, at last, is the first cookbook to celebrate the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. If your family includes a Little Women fan, or if you yourself are one, with this book you can keep the magic and wonder of the beloved tale alive for years to come. Do you wonder what makes the characters so excited to make—and eat!—sweets and desserts like the exotically named Blancmange or the mysterious Bonbons with Mottoes, along with favourites like Apple Turnovers, Plum Pudding, and Gingerbread Cake? Find out for yourself with over 50 easy-to-make recipes for these delectable treats and more, all updated for the modern kitchen. From Hannah’s Pounded Potatoes to Amy’s Picnic Lemonade, from the charming Chocolate Drop Cookies that Professor Bhaer always offers to Meg’s twins to hearty dinners that Hannah and Marmee encourage the March sisters to learn to make, you’ll find an abundance of delicious teatime drinks and snacks, plus breakfasts, brunches, lunches, suppers, and desserts. Featuring full-colour photos, evocative illustrations, fun and uplifting quotes from the novel, and anecdotes about Louisa May Alcott, this is a book that any Little Women fan will love to have. A perfect tie in with the 100th anniversary of the original book and coming out before the newest version of the movie comes out on Christmas Day, this cookbook is the perfect early holiday book for girls of all ages. The recipes went from easy things to make to the Blancmange which stumped the bakers on a season 9 technical challenge of the GBBO. I loved this book and have already pre-ordered it for my niece along with a copy of the novel (and a pair of oven mitts) for her birthday. Fabulous book!!! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis (outside of their incessant use by "Social Influencer Millennials" on Instagram and Twitter) so let's give it 🍮 🍮 🍮 🍮 🍮  (p/s/ - my FB review has the blancmange photo!)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    I have to say I love cookbooks that accompany or support books. This is not just a cook book, filled with quotes, references to Little women, an the time it was set in, historical facts, and recipes. The pictures are wonderfully mouthwatering. I am intrigued with the spice trade deviled eggs, and the beef stew with molasses and apple cider vinegar. More than anything though I will be trying the hot milk sponge cake, All in all a lovely book that would make a lovely gift. I voluntarily read and revie I have to say I love cookbooks that accompany or support books. This is not just a cook book, filled with quotes, references to Little women, an the time it was set in, historical facts, and recipes. The pictures are wonderfully mouthwatering. I am intrigued with the spice trade deviled eggs, and the beef stew with molasses and apple cider vinegar. More than anything though I will be trying the hot milk sponge cake, All in all a lovely book that would make a lovely gift. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jantine

    I got hungry almost as soon as I opened this cookbook. The pictures are stunning! So are the descriptions. Every recipy has a connection to Little Women, a book that I simply love and have re-read several times. I not only got hungry, I now also want to read that book again. The recipies all have clear instructions, and seem to be easy to make. Okay, enough reading about food commenced, I now simply have to make not only the lemonade, but those other things as well! I received a free e-copy in tu I got hungry almost as soon as I opened this cookbook. The pictures are stunning! So are the descriptions. Every recipy has a connection to Little Women, a book that I simply love and have re-read several times. I not only got hungry, I now also want to read that book again. The recipies all have clear instructions, and seem to be easy to make. Okay, enough reading about food commenced, I now simply have to make not only the lemonade, but those other things as well! I received a free e-copy in turn for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    The Little Women Cookbook Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family by Wini Moranville; Louisa May Alcott Little Women is a classic even today. It has been made into movies and lives on long past the time it was first published. Food is integral to life and it was also part of the March family’s life, too. In this book the author has presented recipes based on information in Little Women and also from information she gleaned from cookbooks of the era. She has modernized The Little Women Cookbook Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family by Wini Moranville; Louisa May Alcott Little Women is a classic even today. It has been made into movies and lives on long past the time it was first published. Food is integral to life and it was also part of the March family’s life, too. In this book the author has presented recipes based on information in Little Women and also from information she gleaned from cookbooks of the era. She has modernized the recipes for today’s cooks and yet...if you really think about it...cooking methods and ingredients may change a bit over time while still maintaining the comfort and history they have provided through the ages. I am a cookbook collector and remember the books Louisa May Alcott wrote. I loved Joe perhaps best of all and remembers of the family so enjoyed her book, too, when I found it. Louisa May Alcott was more than the writer of Little Women and this book provides you with what more she was. There is a photograph of the house she wrote in, mention of her life and books and homes and orchards. This book has information with and within each chapter that is educational and interesting. Illustrations are beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed looking through and imagining creating the recipes. That said, I also have eaten many of the recipes mentioned growing up in the Midwest (I am 67) and remembered as I read the milk toast my mother served...especially when I was sick and the oatmeal I ate then and still make today and then others like buckwheat pancakes, griddle cakes, sandwiches, pot pies, macaroni and cheese and cookies. The fun bits added were how they browned macaroni and cheese long ago since there were no broilers and why blanc mange is not made the same now because we have easier ways to do it. Anyway, this was a fun book to read and I can see families having it to cook from if they watch Little Women or read it together. I can also see teachers who might use the book in classes also having integrated cooking lessons using this cookbook. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I recommend it? Yes Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Harvard Common Press for the ARC – This is my honest review 5 Stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brooke Hudson

    What a lovely treasure for those of us that have long loved Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. With a new movie being released near Christmastime 2019, I've been rereading Little Women. I was very happy to find this cookbook, full of recipes mentioned or inspired by the stories in the book. It is obvious that the author did a lot of research for recipes from the time, but she has also updated her recipes to make them more palatable to the modern palate (and the modern cook!). The book itself is What a lovely treasure for those of us that have long loved Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. With a new movie being released near Christmastime 2019, I've been rereading Little Women. I was very happy to find this cookbook, full of recipes mentioned or inspired by the stories in the book. It is obvious that the author did a lot of research for recipes from the time, but she has also updated her recipes to make them more palatable to the modern palate (and the modern cook!). The book itself is a fun read. Each recipe features a quote from Little Women, and notes from the author that give the recipe context in the Little Women story and/or time period. Most recipes feature full color pictures of the intended result, and there are many pages that feature additional information about a particular activity or type of dish in the context of the March family and the lives they lived. The book is colorful, well organized, and features recipes that with detailed but simple instructions. I've only tried one recipe so far: Hannah's Cottage Pie, but I loved it and had a very old version of Little Women playing on my Ipad as I cooked. It was fun, tasty, and had the added benefit of nostalgia and warm memories! I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    So excited to get this in hand when it's published - as a long time fan of Little Women, I was curious how the cookbook would be done. I love the photos, and the history that is given in addition to the recipes. Will definitely be an excellent addition to a shelf, and looking forward to recommending it for a "What I'm Giving" table at our store!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Everything about this book is perfect and so adorable : first and foremost, the art is the sweetest and I wish all my books were as pretty. Then, the recipes have been adapted to what we eat in 2020 for the most part, but I also appreciate all the historical context, little anecdotes and extracts from Little Women. I've read it twice in a row and enjoyed it even more the second time.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This was a cute little cookbook full of the warmth of the Little Women book. I think though that I would probably only cook one or two things out of it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Deena

    I love a cookbook that also tells a story! Readers who love Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women will love this book. Filled with recipes and comfort foods, quotes and comments from the book, The Little Women Cookbook is a wonderful addition to any shelf!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family by Wini Moranville, Louisa May Alcott October 1, 2019 Quarto Publishing 112 pages Health, cooking, nonfiction Rating: 5/5 I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley and Quarto Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review. This is a must have for all Louisa May Alcott fans! It is vibrantly illustrated and organized into four chapters: breakfast, family gatherings, dinner and desserts. The author The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family by Wini Moranville, Louisa May Alcott October 1, 2019 Quarto Publishing 112 pages Health, cooking, nonfiction Rating: 5/5 I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley and Quarto Publishing in exchange for an unbiased review. This is a must have for all Louisa May Alcott fans! It is vibrantly illustrated and organized into four chapters: breakfast, family gatherings, dinner and desserts. The author also includes some history about Louisa May Alcott and the author's fascination with historic and heirloom recipes. Food is the kind of love you can see. It begins with a delightful travel back to the March family and the lessons of generosity learned. Episodes from the story are revisited as they demonstrate how certain foods played an intricate role in their daily lives. The author has done extensive research and where no specific dish was identified she found recipes around 1850-1880 taking into account the March family resources and food popular at that time. A popular breakfast of Milk-Toast is a reminder of simple times. Of course, the meals changed with the seasons and available crops. It would not be uncommon for one to serve a breakfast of cornbread, fried liver, boiled eggs and fried potatoes. They tended to eat a heartier and more varied breakfast than generally served in America today. Gatherings with friends and family were not complete without favorite meals over picnics or Sunday roast. Evening suppers were quite light since their hearty meal was at breakfast. Sandwiches and salads were quite popular with rather peculiar ingredients amongst the upper-class including pigeon pie, duck, tongue, blanc-mange, cheese and biscuits. Back in the day, celery was considered a delicacy and displayed proudly in a vessel on the dinner table. An interesting recipe in this book is called Cheese, Butter and Celery Sandwiches. Again, what seems like a humble meal today was deemed a special treat as celery was expensive. Interesting since living in New England at the time, lobsters were plentiful! Salads would often display their flavor a through the greens available than the dressings applied. In addition to milder lettuce, they often had mustard greens, sorrel and watercress. Family dinners consisted of inexpensive readily available ingredients such as fish and lobster, potatoes, biscuits and pot pies. Some interesting recipes are Creamed Ham on Toast, Hannah's Cottage Pie, Maple Cornmeal Drop Biscuits and Garden Pot Pie. Sweet treats and desserts are always a favorite. As today, cookies of all sorts used everyday pantry essentials such as flour, sugar, eggs, milk and fruit. You will find a variety of dishes which have been adapted for today's convenience. I enjoyed this cookbook for its recipes as well as its trip down memory lane.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sharelle

    The Little Women Cookbook is a treat! --as sweet, hearty, and satisfying as the Victorian inspired food that the recipes tempt us to prepare (with or without the children in our lives ). I have already enjoyed Garden Pot Pie. For vegetarian cooking, which I do, it’s a perfect main course. Served in small portions, it also works well as a side dish for meat-based meals. And I’ve already enjoyed the Fruit and Nut Trifle, which has a pleasing mix of textures--plus it presents beautifully. Next up? The Little Women Cookbook is a treat! --as sweet, hearty, and satisfying as the Victorian inspired food that the recipes tempt us to prepare (with or without the children in our lives ). I have already enjoyed Garden Pot Pie. For vegetarian cooking, which I do, it’s a perfect main course. Served in small portions, it also works well as a side dish for meat-based meals. And I’ve already enjoyed the Fruit and Nut Trifle, which has a pleasing mix of textures--plus it presents beautifully. Next up? I’m looking forward to making (maybe for the same meal) Hannah’s Pounded Potatoes (much more poetic than mashed potatoes!) and Maple Cornmeal Drop Biscuits. I think my granddaughter will enjoy baking Amy’s “Pickled Lime” Sugar Cookies. My grandson will probably vote for Buckwheat Pancakes. The recipes in this book are many, and there’s something for all skill levels (yes, use a mix now and then!). The photos are well-styled. The layout is pleasing. It’s a lovely book. But the very best thing about it?? The writing. As with The Bonne Femme Cookbook, the recipes in The Little Women Cookbook are embedded in good writing that makes the reader truly feel the best reason for cooking: to celebrate community, family, and friends by offering them simple, splendid food just as the March family does.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Consolver

    Full Review: 5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy Little Women and cooking. This would make an excellent gift. A cookbook with recipes and tibits from the time period of Little Women. Moranville has spent time researching the foods mentioned in the book, and cookbooks written during the time period to share similar recipes to the ones Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy would have made and enjoyed. Some are updated versions for modern cooks, while others are fairly true to their 1800s recipes. The cover drew me t Full Review: 5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy Little Women and cooking. This would make an excellent gift. A cookbook with recipes and tibits from the time period of Little Women. Moranville has spent time researching the foods mentioned in the book, and cookbooks written during the time period to share similar recipes to the ones Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy would have made and enjoyed. Some are updated versions for modern cooks, while others are fairly true to their 1800s recipes. The cover drew me to this cookbook. The illustrations are absolutely darling, and made me want to dive back into the world of the March women. I love that the author of this book did a lot of research related to not only which dishes were mentioned in the book Little Women, but also into recipes from cookbooks written in that time period. While some of the recipes are updated for modern cooks and palates, some are also fairly true to their 1800s versions. I loved learning more about the world during the time of the book through tidbits of history and every day life that were shared in these pages. The excerpts from Little Women containing the particular dishes were also so sweet and brought a lot of nostalgia to the cookbook. I think that flipping through this lovely book will definitely inspire readers to have a boating party picnic or apple orchard picnic of their own. From recipes for apple turnovers, to chicken salads, roasted meats, and vegetable pot pies this book has many tempting recipes. I will definitely be picking up a copy of this for my own shelves after it publishes on 10/1. Right After Reading: If you love Little Women, cooking, and learning tidbits of history you will enjoy this one! I feel like I learned a lot about cooking, entertaining, and daily life in the mid 1800s while reading this, and had a lot of nostalgia for a much beloved story. Full review to come. Publishes 10/1.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Horsch

    This book was given to me and my fellow book club members as a gift from Tammy. The author is a member of her church. We read Little Women, went to see the movie together and brought recipes from this book to our meeting at Tammy’s house. It was all so wonderful! I have since used several recipes from the book and love to read the historical references behind the recipes and the life of Louisa May Alcott.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    NetGalley ARC. This was an adorable, enjoyable cookbook and I noted down a few of the recipes for future baking/cooking! Makes me want to re-read the book, which I just read for the first time this year or re-watch the 1994 movie!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    Fresh and sweet, but not earth-shattering.

  28. 5 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    This cookbook is utterly charming! It pays tribute to Louisa May Alcott with quotes and background, including a very informative introductory essay. Food plays an important part in the novel as readers of the book know and as the author of this cookbook knows as well. There are so many fpasssages about food as the Little Women grow. There are Amy who has issues with her limes, Meg who has trouble with her jam, breakfasts given to those in greater need and much more. Reference to all are made and This cookbook is utterly charming! It pays tribute to Louisa May Alcott with quotes and background, including a very informative introductory essay. Food plays an important part in the novel as readers of the book know and as the author of this cookbook knows as well. There are so many fpasssages about food as the Little Women grow. There are Amy who has issues with her limes, Meg who has trouble with her jam, breakfasts given to those in greater need and much more. Reference to all are made and give the reader the opportunity to enjoy memories of reading Little Women. The recipes themselves are easy to follow. They are organized into four chapters: -Hannah's Breakfasts -Gatherings with Family and Friends -March Family Dinners and Suppers and -Sweet Treats, Desserts and Drinks A few of the featured recipes include: Buckwheat Pancakes, A better Omelet for Marmee and Milk Toast in the breakfast section. Roast Beef Picnic Sandwiches, Jo's Much Improved Corned Beef and Spice Trade DEviled Eggs in the Gatherings section and of course more as you move through the additional chapters. The recipes are clearly delineated and look easy enough for those who are not kitchen stars. The illustrations throughout are delightful. They definitely enhance the text. There are also some photos, including one of the Orchards, the Alcott home. I thoroughly enjoyed this cookbook both for the recipes and for the joy of browsing through the book itself. Last year, I read Little Women for the second time. It was more substantive than I had recalled. Read it while your food is cooking and while you wait for the newest version of the movie to be released this December. Enjoy! Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vidya Tiru

    My Thoughts If you love Little Women like I do, you will want this book regardless if you cook or not. This series of books is simply bookummylicious to say the least. While I am vegetarian and there are quite a few recipes which are not, there are more than enough recipes that I can try out and that makes this book a worthwhile addition to my bookshelf. This book is parts cookbook, parts history lesson, and of course, parts a Little Women refresher. I love the authenticity of the recipes (with mo My Thoughts If you love Little Women like I do, you will want this book regardless if you cook or not. This series of books is simply bookummylicious to say the least. While I am vegetarian and there are quite a few recipes which are not, there are more than enough recipes that I can try out and that makes this book a worthwhile addition to my bookshelf. This book is parts cookbook, parts history lesson, and of course, parts a Little Women refresher. I love the authenticity of the recipes (with modern twists to make it easier for us readers in the 21st century), and the inclusion of quotes and anecdotes from Little Women as well as other related facts scattered like extra treats across the pages! The recipes are organized into breakfast, family gatherings, dinners & suppers, and sweet treats, desserts & drinks; and include an amazing number of dishes you can use to take trips down Little Women memory lane, from buckwheat pancakes for breakfast to Hannah’s pounded potatoes for dinner and of course, Amy’s “pickled limes” playfully included as part of a sugar cookie recipe! While many recipes are from foods the Marches ate, others are from the time frame and included based on research done as well as the resources the March family would have had. And last but not least, the photographs and illustrations included add to the list of reasons you must-have this book. In Summary A perfect gift for all Little Women fans (whether it is you or someone else you know)!! And if they already love cooking, even better (if they don’t, then this is a cool way to get started) Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley, and the publishers for the eARC of the book; these are my honest opinions after reading this book. Check my blog - LadyInReadWrites - for more reviews

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Corral

    Ohhhh this is such a charming little book. I think anyone who enjoyed the adventures of the March sisters would love to have this book even if they never cooked one recipe. If you want to try the recipes, most of them look very simple to follow, even by a young teen. Every recipe has a section that tells how in the story of The Little Women it is referenced, and gives some information about where the recipe originated. I love that the dishes are a bit unusual but not weird, so that most young rea Ohhhh this is such a charming little book. I think anyone who enjoyed the adventures of the March sisters would love to have this book even if they never cooked one recipe. If you want to try the recipes, most of them look very simple to follow, even by a young teen. Every recipe has a section that tells how in the story of The Little Women it is referenced, and gives some information about where the recipe originated. I love that the dishes are a bit unusual but not weird, so that most young readers would not be afraid to try one. In fact, their interest in the story might push them to try something new on their plates. A cheese, butter & celery sandwich might be turned down if simply offered, but a young Louisa May Alcott reader would likely love to try it. The dinners sound delicious, but the winning section is probably the desserts. Any young reader would love to throw a tea party or luncheon, and there are the most darling little sweets to try. Overall the book deserves 5 stars for accomplishing what it attempted. This is a must have for any Alcott lover. Many thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I adore the book and think it would make an excellent gift for a book lover.

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