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Now readers can share Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic country cooking in a convenient new paperback edition of this lovely cookbook. Over 70 of Laura's original recipes, updated for modern kitchens, are enriched with anecdotes about the Wilders by noted historian William Anderson and enhanced by Leslie Kelly's full-color photos. Now readers can share Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic country cooking in a convenient new paperback edition of this lovely cookbook. Over 70 of Laura's original recipes, updated for modern kitchens, are enriched with anecdotes about the Wilders by noted historian William Anderson and enhanced by Leslie Kelly's full-color photos.


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Now readers can share Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic country cooking in a convenient new paperback edition of this lovely cookbook. Over 70 of Laura's original recipes, updated for modern kitchens, are enriched with anecdotes about the Wilders by noted historian William Anderson and enhanced by Leslie Kelly's full-color photos. Now readers can share Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic country cooking in a convenient new paperback edition of this lovely cookbook. Over 70 of Laura's original recipes, updated for modern kitchens, are enriched with anecdotes about the Wilders by noted historian William Anderson and enhanced by Leslie Kelly's full-color photos.

57 review for The Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Interesting little tidbits about LIW's life & homemaking philosophies. Some of the recipes didn't look particularly appetizing for a person with more modern tastes, but I did get some great ideas for frugal homestyle meals! Interesting little tidbits about LIW's life & homemaking philosophies. Some of the recipes didn't look particularly appetizing for a person with more modern tastes, but I did get some great ideas for frugal homestyle meals!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Full review to come

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dianna

    I never plan to make any of the recipes from this book, but I still adored it. It is packed with memories and photographs from Laura's adult life at Rocky Ridge. A must-read for Little House fans! I never plan to make any of the recipes from this book, but I still adored it. It is packed with memories and photographs from Laura's adult life at Rocky Ridge. A must-read for Little House fans!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    This book is different from The Little House Cookbook, compiled by Barbara M. Walker, which shares recipes mentioned in the Little House books. This book was the result of finding Laura’s “home-made cookbook, waterlogged and wrinkled” “among reams of the yellowed papers that are a witness to her writing life” (p. vi). Her cookbook was in the form of a scrapbook, which I enjoyed since I did mine that way as well. But hers was literally made of scraps. It contains her owned penned recipes, “clippin This book is different from The Little House Cookbook, compiled by Barbara M. Walker, which shares recipes mentioned in the Little House books. This book was the result of finding Laura’s “home-made cookbook, waterlogged and wrinkled” “among reams of the yellowed papers that are a witness to her writing life” (p. vi). Her cookbook was in the form of a scrapbook, which I enjoyed since I did mine that way as well. But hers was literally made of scraps. It contains her owned penned recipes, “clippings from newspaper food columns or magazines,” meal ideas, “cooking advice from her mother…and daughter,” and even a tip about setting colors in cloth to avoid fading. This cookbook doesn’t include the cooking advice or tips, but it does include several of Laura’s recipes, photos of Rocky Ridge farm, where Laura and Almanzo lived the bulk of their adult lives, by Leslie A. Kelly, and some commentary by Laura biographer William Anderson. I enjoyed seeing the photos of Laura’s home and learning a bit more about Almanzo. The recipes are primarily good old American cooking – meat loaf, chicken pie, chicken and dumplings, various side dishes, breads, desserts and beverages – with a few “adventurous” foreign-influenced dishes. Some of the entrees are not what we would call heart-healthy today. But I have a few marked that I want to try, as well as a few from the different sections. The recipe she shared when asked for a favorite was her gingerbread, which I’d like to try some time, as well as Lemon Spice Puffs, Lemon Sticks, Whole Wheat Bread, Scalloped Corn Kansas, Farmhouse Stew, Gingernuts, and Applesauce Cake. The only one I have made so far is the Apple Upside Down Cake in her honor for her birthday. I think I’ll leave the Liver Loaf, Chilled Meat Loaf, Glazed Beets, Dandelion Soup, and Lima Puree to others, though. Reading her recipes while seeing photos of her home and hearing tidbits about her life was like a little visit with her. I think any Laura fan would like this book as well as anyone interested in vintage recipes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Tribble

    The pictures and little write ups (by William Anderson) are wonderful, and we've liked the recipes I've made. This is more a "Depression-era to the 1950s" cookbook than one of frontier recipes, which I think disappoints some readers. It's what Laura was cooking as an adult, not what she grew up on. Even the compiler finds some of the recipes a bit plain, suggesting the cook add seasoning to a couple, and anyone who collects cookbooks will have plenty of other (and possibly better) versions of a The pictures and little write ups (by William Anderson) are wonderful, and we've liked the recipes I've made. This is more a "Depression-era to the 1950s" cookbook than one of frontier recipes, which I think disappoints some readers. It's what Laura was cooking as an adult, not what she grew up on. Even the compiler finds some of the recipes a bit plain, suggesting the cook add seasoning to a couple, and anyone who collects cookbooks will have plenty of other (and possibly better) versions of a fair percentage of the recipes. OTOH, some of them have a unique twist -- I have a number of recipes for Chicken and Dumplings, but don't believe any of the rest of them use mace, for instance. A worthy book for a Laura fan or a cook who likes recipes of that era. I'm both, so I loved it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Avery

    I love Laura Ingalls Wilder but does anyone really want to eat hardtack? Give us the custard recipe from Farmer Boy Laura!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melinda

    We got this when we toured Laura and Almanzo's house in Misssouri. Lovely pictures of their farm, and fun recipes too! We got this when we toured Laura and Almanzo's house in Misssouri. Lovely pictures of their farm, and fun recipes too!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Leach

    Found some recipes I will try. 👍

  9. 5 out of 5

    April Spaugh

    The best thing about this book (and why I gave it three stars) are the pictures of Laura's Ozark home, Rocky Ridge Farm, and a lot of history that goes along with it. The recipes are just okay. Nothing very unique and some are downright boring. The only interesting recipe is for Dandelion Soup, which uses dandelion leaves. There aren't a lot of recipes either, so it is a quick read. The best thing about this book (and why I gave it three stars) are the pictures of Laura's Ozark home, Rocky Ridge Farm, and a lot of history that goes along with it. The recipes are just okay. Nothing very unique and some are downright boring. The only interesting recipe is for Dandelion Soup, which uses dandelion leaves. There aren't a lot of recipes either, so it is a quick read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sally Schmidt

    I took a basic cooking class as a kid based on this cookbook (it was a kind of summer day camp that lasted around 2 weeks). We read bits from the Little House series and then made goodies like baked apples and cornbread. It was such fun and really helped connect us with the stories!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helena

    Some recipes looked really good, some I would never make, but the blurbs and pictures make this book worth flipping through even if you have no intention of cooking from it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Brown

    Bought this at the Mansfield home bookshop. Has pictures and info about the home, along with recipes. Going to try her signature Gingerbread recipe first.

  13. 4 out of 5

    June Jacobs

    One of my favorite childhood authors was Laura Ingalls Wilder, and as an adult I enjoyed getting a peek into her life on Rocky Ridge Farm in Missouri through this book. The book contains her recipes found in a scrapbook after her death along with beautiful photos of the house and farm where she and her husband lived for decades. The narratives include anecdotes about Laura and her love of cooking, farming, family and neighbors. A reader learns about her love of entertaining and her creativity whe One of my favorite childhood authors was Laura Ingalls Wilder, and as an adult I enjoyed getting a peek into her life on Rocky Ridge Farm in Missouri through this book. The book contains her recipes found in a scrapbook after her death along with beautiful photos of the house and farm where she and her husband lived for decades. The narratives include anecdotes about Laura and her love of cooking, farming, family and neighbors. A reader learns about her love of entertaining and her creativity when hostessing parties, teas, and dinners at the farm. The recipes are downhome, simple fare with lots of recipes using apples because Rocky Ridge Farm had a huge apple orchard. The information shared about Laura's start and success as an author is interesting. I find her to be an inspiring, creative, independent woman! Highly recommended to fans of the 'Little House' books, history buffs and cooks who enjoy country cooking. Borrowed from the local public library. ##################

  14. 5 out of 5

    JulieAnn

    I am cooking my way through this entire book! If you want our family’s reviews on the recipes go to adventureswithjulieann.com. We are having a blast! The Liver Loaf still hasn’t been made. But the chicken and dumplings and farmhouse stew is the BEST! Also some wonderful desserts like Charlotte de Pommes. My kids are into it too (well sometimes). What I also like about this book is the excepts and pictures from her life. I’ve learned so much more about the real Laura and her family through this I am cooking my way through this entire book! If you want our family’s reviews on the recipes go to adventureswithjulieann.com. We are having a blast! The Liver Loaf still hasn’t been made. But the chicken and dumplings and farmhouse stew is the BEST! Also some wonderful desserts like Charlotte de Pommes. My kids are into it too (well sometimes). What I also like about this book is the excepts and pictures from her life. I’ve learned so much more about the real Laura and her family through this book. I love it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A wonderful book. I really enjoyed the color photos of Rocky Ridge Farm. The antidotes and personal stories on every other page make this such a joyful cookbook. There are also photos of Laura, Almanzo and Rose on the farm. I remember making the gingerbread as a child from a different, Laura Ingalls Wilder Cookbook. It was a real treat to find the Gingerbread recipe again on pg. 83. The cake was even more wonderful than I had remembered.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Fil

    The book features a solid collection of recipes, along with some really interesting facts about the Wilder family. However, the facts weren't very cohesive the the recipes they were featured next to, so it felt a little random. The book features a solid collection of recipes, along with some really interesting facts about the Wilder family. However, the facts weren't very cohesive the the recipes they were featured next to, so it felt a little random.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This was a fun and entertaining book to read. Laura included a lot of photos from her life on Rocky Ridge Farm, and growing up as a pioneer child, as well as delicious recipes that are simple and uncomplicated to make.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Catwall

    © 2003 This is a collection of dozens of recipes that Laura Ingalls Wilder collected and were published many years after her death. The oversized book includes many photo of her, her family, and her house and her property in Mansfield, Missouri.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rayna Gausnell

    Great

  20. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    See my review for an earlier edition.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mastrong

    Great pictures and stories of Laura's life. I am going to cook my way through this one. Even includes a section on drinks and snacks. Great pictures and stories of Laura's life. I am going to cook my way through this one. Even includes a section on drinks and snacks.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maria Pettersson

    There are some really interesting recipes here. I even tried to cook some of them. Really helps you get an image of what they ate back in the pioneer days.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mandi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed the extra bits of info on the family but I would have enjoyed it more had they included the original recipe as well as the updated versions.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I want this book. I think I NEED this book. It's just basic cooking. Basic cooking in simple language. (with Laura pics & stories of course.) As soon as I can put a couple bucks aside I'm buying it. I want this book. I think I NEED this book. It's just basic cooking. Basic cooking in simple language. (with Laura pics & stories of course.) As soon as I can put a couple bucks aside I'm buying it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    I used several recipes from this book and enjoyed learning how to cook "Laura" style. The background information and explanations were perfect for any Laura fan. I used several recipes from this book and enjoyed learning how to cook "Laura" style. The background information and explanations were perfect for any Laura fan.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  27. 4 out of 5

    Savhannah Crabtree

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

  29. 5 out of 5

    flourgirl

  30. 4 out of 5

    kathy

  31. 4 out of 5

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  32. 5 out of 5

    CaraB

  33. 4 out of 5

    Sumi

  34. 5 out of 5

    Southernbelle0326

  35. 4 out of 5

    Leeda

  36. 5 out of 5

    Aly

  37. 5 out of 5

    Alison Perry

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  39. 5 out of 5

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  40. 5 out of 5

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  42. 5 out of 5

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  43. 4 out of 5

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  44. 4 out of 5

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  45. 4 out of 5

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  47. 4 out of 5

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  48. 4 out of 5

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  49. 4 out of 5

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  50. 5 out of 5

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  51. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  52. 5 out of 5

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  53. 5 out of 5

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  54. 4 out of 5

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  57. 4 out of 5

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