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Recipes based on the dishes mentioned in "Little Women" and "Little Men" and recreated from nineteenth-century cookbooks by the nine-year-old author.


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Recipes based on the dishes mentioned in "Little Women" and "Little Men" and recreated from nineteenth-century cookbooks by the nine-year-old author.

41 review for The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manybooks

    Although I do of course and quite naturally so appreciate that for her 1985 The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook author Gretchen Anderson has obviously done a lot of personal research and which can certainly be noticed with both Anderson’s short Louisa May Alcott biography and that there is a select but nevertheless more than adequate bibliography listed at the back of The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook, and that yes, ALL of the recipes presented in The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook do seem to appear and man Although I do of course and quite naturally so appreciate that for her 1985 The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook author Gretchen Anderson has obviously done a lot of personal research and which can certainly be noticed with both Anderson’s short Louisa May Alcott biography and that there is a select but nevertheless more than adequate bibliography listed at the back of The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook, and that yes, ALL of the recipes presented in The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook do seem to appear and manifest themselves as food items, as actual meals in either Little Women or in Little Men, from a personal reading pleasure point of departure I have to sadly and frustratingly admit that NO, The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook has actually been a total and frustrating disappointment and failure to and for me and also not at all what I had been expecting either. For that this literary recipe book is actually called The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook, this is or at least does seem to be rather totally and massively misleading in so far that in my humble opinion, the book title strongly indicates and suggests that Gretchen Anderson is going to be featuring recipes from ALL of Louisa May Alcott’s oeuvre (well, perhaps not so much from her adult romantic thriller novels, as they have only recently been rediscovered so to speak, but most definitely from Alcott’s children’s fare). And indeed, that The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook then ONLY presents recipes from Alcott’s Little Women series, well, this certainly does feel a bit like a falsehood or at the very least a huge and really silly book title mistake (for come on, if Gretchen Anderson is only interested in presenting recipes from the latter series, she should have her book title clearly point this out and not give potential readers the false message that The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook would also be featuring meals from Louisa May Alcott’s other children’s novels and indeed from her fiction in general, as yes, I absolutely and totally did expect recipes not only from the Little Women series but also from Alcott novels, such as for example Jack and Jill and from the Eight Cousins series). And therefore (even if perhaps with a bit of contrition and guilt) I will definitely only be ranking The Louisa May Alcott Cookbook with but one star. For I am not only most massively and angrily annoyed with and by the misleading book title, I have also found Karen Milone’s accompanying black and white artwork rather visually unpleasant, with the four March sisters often being depicted with to and for my eyes overly exaggerated facial features (and not to mention that I have also found Gretchen Anderson’s narrative voice as far too often talking down to and patronising her potential readers, because yes, her writing style and mode of expression certainly have made me personally feel as though I am being preached at and that I should even somehow feel honoured to have Gretchen Anderson tell me all about Louisa May Alcott and the foods found in Little Women and Little Men, that somehow I know nothing except that which Ms. Anderson has deemed necessary to let me know, and no, this has definitely not been a very pleasant reading sensation by any stretch of the, of my imagination).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The most remarkable thing about this cookbook is author who researched the history behind each recipe and compiled this collection was only nine-years-old! Like the Little House Cookbook each recipe features an excerpt from one of Alcott's books as well as a bit of history about the featured food item. Recipes are also rated for difficulty. I recall making pound cake and candy and feeling so nineteenth century! The most remarkable thing about this cookbook is author who researched the history behind each recipe and compiled this collection was only nine-years-old! Like the Little House Cookbook each recipe features an excerpt from one of Alcott's books as well as a bit of history about the featured food item. Recipes are also rated for difficulty. I recall making pound cake and candy and feeling so nineteenth century!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Heise

    Probably best for someone going through an Alcott stage. For me as an adult, the only recipe that appealed enough to consider trying it (and that I didn't have elsewhere) was the bon-bons.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gretchenbrooksanderson

    Sheer, unadulterated genius.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Garland

  6. 4 out of 5

    April Harrison

    A fun read with lots of good recipes.

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    Kathleen

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    Christine Desrochers-Broderick

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