By Nora Vasconcelos
Yes! I’m still on the cooking path. I just couldn’t help myself and got The Little House Cookbook, by Barbara M. Walter.
I love this kind of unique collection of recipes that are focused on old dishes from a particular period of time.
It’s like discovering an unknown piece of the history of a certain place through the ingredients and the customs of the people that cooked those recipes.
In this case, the author was inspired by reading the nine-book collection of the Little House series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, in which Laura describes in a very detailed way how her parents took care of getting the ingridients by hunting wild animals and growing their own vegetables, and how she and her sisters helped out in the preparation of the meals.
Walter liked those stories so much that she started to try some of the recipes that are described in the books. She also found ways to prepare some other dishes that were only mentioned and fixed the steps and the measurements.
After some time she collected about 100 recipes and put them in a book that takes the readers to the end of the 19th century when the Ingalls family lived in a little house on a prairie.
Now, when I go through the pages of this cookbook I almost can smell the homemade bread that has just been taken out of the rustic oven, and I totally feel like having a piece of the berry pie. I’m definitely preparing some of those incredible dishes.