Thursday, May 1, 2014

Review: With Love From a Country Kitchen by:Deb Strain

 With Love from a Country Kitchen: Homegrown Memories and Recipes
About the Book:
Let the smell of freshly baked apple pie and the familiar sounds of a busy cook bustling about the kitchen fill you with warm memories of a simpler life as you enjoy Deb Strain's paintings of classic American scenes. The beautiful vintage dishes and jars of homemade jams and pickled garden veggies line these pages as they once filled a well-stocked country cupboard.

With the turn of each page, you'll find inspiration to try one of Deb's family-favorite recipes like Mom's Creeping Crust Cobbler or Sweet, Sweet Potato Casserole. Wholesome and inspiring quotes about family, faith, and country accompany the artwork, making this truly a charming gift book. 

About the Author:
Deb Strain, whose artwork appears in A Grandma Is a Gift from God, Your Friendship Is a Gift from God, and Hope Will Light Your Way, finds inspiration for her folk art from a variety of life experiences. Her art is frequently derived from a variety of sources including nature, antique shops, friends, and her memories. An art teacher for nine years, she now devotes herself to the development of her art and has numerous licensees including AMCAL. She lives with her husband and three children in a Saltbox home near Gettysburg, Ohio.

My Review:
 The most beautiful cookbook that I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing. The book has country style artwork done by the author to accompany some down home country cooking. We all know that feeling when we come into our kitchen smelling all that yummy food. Whether its smells of cinnamon & apples or a delicious Broccoli Salad in the fridge, this book will heighten your senses and make you dive in, roll your sleeves up and get started preparing this seemingly delicious food.

 Not only are we blessed enough to see the delightful artwork, the author has also included some very sweet life quotes sure to make you smile as you gather up these recipes to get started on your own feast. It is a short recipe book full of opportunities, she has even included a notes section for you to record your family favorites. Each of the recipes are divided up by seasons, which I think is an interesting way to sort them. I really like this cookbook and can't wait to try some of the recipes.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Harvest House.