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Millions of Mitford fans around the world will agree—it’s easy to put on a pound or two reading a Mitford novel. Scene after scene of the bestselling series’ colorful characters enjoying tantalizing dishes can immediately start a craving. Then, before you know it, you’ve read several pages by the glow of the refrigerator lightbulb. Packed with more than 150 recipes from th Millions of Mitford fans around the world will agree—it’s easy to put on a pound or two reading a Mitford novel. Scene after scene of the bestselling series’ colorful characters enjoying tantalizing dishes can immediately start a craving. Then, before you know it, you’ve read several pages by the glow of the refrigerator lightbulb. Packed with more than 150 recipes from the Mitford novels and from the author’s own recipe box, Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader is loaded with tips, hints, jokes, culinary quotes, and delightful side-dish sidebars guaranteed to start a stomach rumbling. From Miss Sadie’s Apple Pie to Puny’s Cornbread, from Emma’s Pork Roast to Marge’s Sweet Tea with Peppermint, beloved characters come alive through their own favorite recipes. Here, too, are Karon’s reminiscences of her own family’s food traditions and—as dessert—four stories never before published in her books.Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader is a charming companion to the Mitford series that will have readers clamoring to bring into their own kitchens the aromas and flavors that swirl within the little town with the big heart.


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Millions of Mitford fans around the world will agree—it’s easy to put on a pound or two reading a Mitford novel. Scene after scene of the bestselling series’ colorful characters enjoying tantalizing dishes can immediately start a craving. Then, before you know it, you’ve read several pages by the glow of the refrigerator lightbulb. Packed with more than 150 recipes from th Millions of Mitford fans around the world will agree—it’s easy to put on a pound or two reading a Mitford novel. Scene after scene of the bestselling series’ colorful characters enjoying tantalizing dishes can immediately start a craving. Then, before you know it, you’ve read several pages by the glow of the refrigerator lightbulb. Packed with more than 150 recipes from the Mitford novels and from the author’s own recipe box, Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader is loaded with tips, hints, jokes, culinary quotes, and delightful side-dish sidebars guaranteed to start a stomach rumbling. From Miss Sadie’s Apple Pie to Puny’s Cornbread, from Emma’s Pork Roast to Marge’s Sweet Tea with Peppermint, beloved characters come alive through their own favorite recipes. Here, too, are Karon’s reminiscences of her own family’s food traditions and—as dessert—four stories never before published in her books.Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader is a charming companion to the Mitford series that will have readers clamoring to bring into their own kitchens the aromas and flavors that swirl within the little town with the big heart.

30 review for Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader: Recipes from Mitford Cooks, Favorite Tales from Mitford Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I like reading cookbooks cover to cover, especially one like this! It had excerpts from all the Mitford books throughout the book, particularly excerpts about food (I'm not sure I realized how much they talk about food in the books!). Then you get the recipes that were just mentioned. The cookbook is divided by each Mitford book, so its organization isn't intuitive if you are just looking for pie recipes, or salads, or chicken, etc. However there is a very helpful index in the back for that reas I like reading cookbooks cover to cover, especially one like this! It had excerpts from all the Mitford books throughout the book, particularly excerpts about food (I'm not sure I realized how much they talk about food in the books!). Then you get the recipes that were just mentioned. The cookbook is divided by each Mitford book, so its organization isn't intuitive if you are just looking for pie recipes, or salads, or chicken, etc. However there is a very helpful index in the back for that reason. The recipes are mostly Southern type cuisine (lots of biscuit recipes, for example) and they range from super fancy roasts, cakes (including the famed orange marmalade cake!) etc to reeeally simple recipes, like Dooley's grilled bologna sandwich. 😂 I've tried a few of the recipes with good results. Since we eat vegetarian at home, I will have to skip a lot of the entrees as they are heavy on meat. Even a lot of the sides use pork fat, etc. The desserts, veggies, and other sides I look forward to trying! Besides enjoying the excerpts from the Mitford books, I also enjoyed other little essays about food that Jan Karon has included throughout the book. It really is nice just to read!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Actual recipes mentioned in the Mitford Series books. I've made some, yummy. Everything from sandwiches to cakes. It's really fun to make recipes that were mentioned in the books by the characters Jan Karon created. Actual recipes mentioned in the Mitford Series books. I've made some, yummy. Everything from sandwiches to cakes. It's really fun to make recipes that were mentioned in the books by the characters Jan Karon created.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Butler

    On display in my kitchen...great recipes and delicious reading!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joleen

    I had such fun reading about all the different things cooked by the people of Mitford that when I saw this I had to get it. The recipe for Esther's Orange Marmalade Cake made this book totally worth it! Best cake ever! The livermush can be left out. That's not great. But still so fun to see it in the book! I had such fun reading about all the different things cooked by the people of Mitford that when I saw this I had to get it. The recipe for Esther's Orange Marmalade Cake made this book totally worth it! Best cake ever! The livermush can be left out. That's not great. But still so fun to see it in the book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    I love Jan Karon's gentle Southern humor. The recipes are great- definitely not diet food! "There are two cardinal rules from which I will not depart- I will not cook with Cheese Whiz and I will not do drumettes." I love Jan Karon's gentle Southern humor. The recipes are great- definitely not diet food! "There are two cardinal rules from which I will not depart- I will not cook with Cheese Whiz and I will not do drumettes."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susan Edwards

    I love this cookbook. Food is such an important part of Jan Karon's Mitford series and all the recipes are in this cookbook. Even better are the little stories and quotes. I love this cookbook. Food is such an important part of Jan Karon's Mitford series and all the recipes are in this cookbook. Even better are the little stories and quotes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    So if you know me at all, you'd know that this cookbook would get five stars from me no matter what. I just LOVE Mitford. But really, if I put on my impartiality hat, I'd still give it at least four stars, and maybe five. It's a really well-developed cookbook, chock full of recipes related to the book series. So many recipes! Interspersed are excerpts from the books PLUS one never-before-published bonus story! I tried several recipes: Father Tim's Company Stew, Puny's Cornbread, Rector's Meatloaf So if you know me at all, you'd know that this cookbook would get five stars from me no matter what. I just LOVE Mitford. But really, if I put on my impartiality hat, I'd still give it at least four stars, and maybe five. It's a really well-developed cookbook, chock full of recipes related to the book series. So many recipes! Interspersed are excerpts from the books PLUS one never-before-published bonus story! I tried several recipes: Father Tim's Company Stew, Puny's Cornbread, Rector's Meatloaf, Dooley's Fried Baloney Sandwich Supreme, Louella's Cornbread, Jan Karon's Banana and Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Esther's Orange Marmalade Cake, Harley's Brownies, Puny's Macaroni and Cheese. ALL DELICIOUS. There are more than 4 dozen recipes in this beautiful hardcover cookbook. The only thing that might detract half a star: no photographs of food. But it's so full of special features and stories... you could read this cookbook like a book. And with so many recipes, you're sure to find at least a few recipes to suit your tastes! Major props and gratitude to my SIL for gifting this one to me. I spent much time poring over every excerpt, story, recipe intro, and recipe. I will treasure and consult this cookbook for many, many years to come. I should probably make her an OMC to thank her!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    I bought the cookbook just to get the recipe for Esther's famous Orange Marmalade Cake. I haven't made it---but I could! If one has read the Mitford Series , one can better appreciate this cookbook--as certain comfort foods are often associated with certain beloved Mitford characters. Plus, there are cute little stories next to the recipes that will make more sense to a Mitford reader. I bought the cookbook just to get the recipe for Esther's famous Orange Marmalade Cake. I haven't made it---but I could! If one has read the Mitford Series , one can better appreciate this cookbook--as certain comfort foods are often associated with certain beloved Mitford characters. Plus, there are cute little stories next to the recipes that will make more sense to a Mitford reader.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mikki Christopher

    I’m a huge Jan Karon fan and I love this book. The story snippets that go with the recipes make them feel like something I’ve received from family. I’m one of those strange people who enjoys reading recipe books, but this one really touches my heart and inspires me to step into the kitchen and get busy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Just adorable stories and the recipes look easy and are clearly written. I read a friend's book ,which had clearly been used, cause there was batter on the pages :) (One of my cookbooks is COVERED in batter). Loved the personal stories and photos Just adorable stories and the recipes look easy and are clearly written. I read a friend's book ,which had clearly been used, cause there was batter on the pages :) (One of my cookbooks is COVERED in batter). Loved the personal stories and photos

  11. 5 out of 5

    Libbie C.

    All those wonderful, recipes described in her books are now in their own cookbook. Very well done. Each is extremely easy to follow. If you have read The Mitford Series, you have already read half the cookbook. A great review of delightful fictional town where you feel you know everyone like family. Enjoy the yummy recipes!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Reed

    This is actually my second time reading this book. I love the whole Mitford series and especially love how this book weaves the stories from all the other books with the dishes that are discussed in those books and gives us “the” recipes!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Ranburger

    Love the idea of getting recipes for things that I feel like I have already tasted. That's the way the Mitford series is. It makes you feel like you have been a part of every day life with the characters. Excellent series and a great cook book. Love the idea of getting recipes for things that I feel like I have already tasted. That's the way the Mitford series is. It makes you feel like you have been a part of every day life with the characters. Excellent series and a great cook book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I bought this book (used) solely to have the recipe for the Orange Marmalade cake. LOL There are some other good looking recipes in there that I am going to try. It is a lovely cookbook and worthy of displaying.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Positively lovely! A must for the Mitford fan.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    This is the type of book I would keep in my own library for future reference, so I can revisit Mitford, the beloved town of Father Tim.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I forgot how much I love Mitford and all the quirky characters

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Love it! All the Mitford recipes!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Douthit

    This Cookbook has all the wonderful dishes that I read about in the Mitford books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Love so many of these recipes..directly from the Mitford series books. I've tried many of these recipes and have added them to my personal family recipe book. Love so many of these recipes..directly from the Mitford series books. I've tried many of these recipes and have added them to my personal family recipe book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda Shaw

    So much fun!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jackson Matthews

    All those delicious and homey things we read of -- now we can have them at home, with a Cheerwine now and then. Comforting to read in this turmoiled times.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Mutch

    If you are a fan of the 'At Home in Mitford' books you will love this cookbook! If you are a fan of the 'At Home in Mitford' books you will love this cookbook!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sheri Hathaway

    It's a nice bonus to get the recipes for the food mentioned in the Mitford series. Beautifully illustrated. Alongside the recipes are excerpts from the books which refer to the particular dish and also Jan Karon's added comments and little anecdotes from Jan. Quite's personal life. A relaxing read. It's a nice bonus to get the recipes for the food mentioned in the Mitford series. Beautifully illustrated. Alongside the recipes are excerpts from the books which refer to the particular dish and also Jan Karon's added comments and little anecdotes from Jan. Quite's personal life. A relaxing read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Xyra

    If you liked reading the Mitford series you will love this cookbook. If you haven't read the series, you will still enjoy this cookbook. It is filled with down home, comfort food recipes that elicit images of potlucks, dinner parties, Sunday suppers, and friendly gatherings. If you are familiar with small towns you know that everyone has their family recipe for this or that and our recipe is better than so and so's. Sound familiar, then you'll understand why there are several different recipes fo If you liked reading the Mitford series you will love this cookbook. If you haven't read the series, you will still enjoy this cookbook. It is filled with down home, comfort food recipes that elicit images of potlucks, dinner parties, Sunday suppers, and friendly gatherings. If you are familiar with small towns you know that everyone has their family recipe for this or that and our recipe is better than so and so's. Sound familiar, then you'll understand why there are several different recipes for the same thing. You won't find your typical appetizer, salad, soup, meat, vegetable, dessert, etc. layout. Instead each chapter focuses on the foods from an installment of the series. The chapter page includes excerpts from the books. Then the recipes are entered in the order the items are mentioned in the book. It is a bit confusing at first, but you get a whole menu in one spot. The index is a bit more traditional. There are pictures of some things, but not all. I've made quite a few recipes from this book. It's a great one to have in your library.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    The theme for March's Monthly Motif is Genre Jumble. I'm trying to read from my shelves more this year and as I perused them I found them full of my favorite genres. What a surprise! So I dug deeper on the shelves and found this little gem that I bought at a thrift store after I'd read the series and was in love with all things Mitford. But I never read it because it's a cookbook and I hate to cook. Wanting to fulfill the challenge, I pulled it out and dived in. It has excerpts from the books th The theme for March's Monthly Motif is Genre Jumble. I'm trying to read from my shelves more this year and as I perused them I found them full of my favorite genres. What a surprise! So I dug deeper on the shelves and found this little gem that I bought at a thrift store after I'd read the series and was in love with all things Mitford. But I never read it because it's a cookbook and I hate to cook. Wanting to fulfill the challenge, I pulled it out and dived in. It has excerpts from the books that talk about certain foods being cooked for an occasion and then the recipe for said foods. It was really fun to re-visit Mitford in little chunks. The book has Louella's Fried Chicken, Esther's famous Orange Marmalade Cake, Dooley's Fried Baloney Sandwiches, and Cynthia's Lasagna, as well as other well-known dishes by the Mitford locals. A fun read, a lovely book, and some great recipes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Wow! I thought I would just thumb through this book to look at the recipes, but I was hooked from the first page. I read and loved every word. I think you would have to had to read the entire Mitford series to enjoy it like I did. I did read all those books years ago and the Mitford Cookbook brought all the delightful stories back to this grateful reader. I had started to read Jan Karon's latest Father Tim book, In the Company of Others, and was so disappointed in it that I gave up. But after re Wow! I thought I would just thumb through this book to look at the recipes, but I was hooked from the first page. I read and loved every word. I think you would have to had to read the entire Mitford series to enjoy it like I did. I did read all those books years ago and the Mitford Cookbook brought all the delightful stories back to this grateful reader. I had started to read Jan Karon's latest Father Tim book, In the Company of Others, and was so disappointed in it that I gave up. But after reading the Mitford Cookbook, I was able to finish (after a fashion) the new book - see separate comments on it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    This is a lovely and fascinating cookbook, filled with some excellent recipes of very high caliber. I received it for my recent birthday after someone made an orange marmalade cake from it (and the Mitford series of books by the same author.) I was impressed that even though the dishes themselves are recognizably American and non-fussy, they appear to have been collected with the utmost of care and concern. I don't buy many cookbooks any longer but this one is a welcome addition...if only for th This is a lovely and fascinating cookbook, filled with some excellent recipes of very high caliber. I received it for my recent birthday after someone made an orange marmalade cake from it (and the Mitford series of books by the same author.) I was impressed that even though the dishes themselves are recognizably American and non-fussy, they appear to have been collected with the utmost of care and concern. I don't buy many cookbooks any longer but this one is a welcome addition...if only for that delectable orange marmalade cake.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cherylg

    I just loved this cookbook. Having read all Jan Karon's books it was such a delight to receive this as a gift. My friend truly hit a high mark in my book when she found this book. I was just so happy. I also love to cook so this was a true gift to share these recipes with friends and family. So far the Orange Marmalade cake, Orange mandarin salad and the coconut cake have been great. I can't wait to make the biscuits, raspberry tea and cucumber salads next. I just know I have to make these for g I just loved this cookbook. Having read all Jan Karon's books it was such a delight to receive this as a gift. My friend truly hit a high mark in my book when she found this book. I was just so happy. I also love to cook so this was a true gift to share these recipes with friends and family. So far the Orange Marmalade cake, Orange mandarin salad and the coconut cake have been great. I can't wait to make the biscuits, raspberry tea and cucumber salads next. I just know I have to make these for gatherings so I don't eat it all!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Campbell

    A lovely, lovely book. One to be savored and read over and over. Wonderful insights, stories and recipes. Even if you have never read one of Jan Karon's delightful "Mitford" books, you will greatly enjoy this "more than just a cookbook". Lovingly written, with beautiful photos and illustrations, this book offers sustenance for mind, body, and spirit. You will savor the flavor of recipes like "Father Tim's Beef Tenderloin with Mustard Horseradish Sauce", "Cynthia's Deep-Dish Blackberry Pie", "Emm A lovely, lovely book. One to be savored and read over and over. Wonderful insights, stories and recipes. Even if you have never read one of Jan Karon's delightful "Mitford" books, you will greatly enjoy this "more than just a cookbook". Lovingly written, with beautiful photos and illustrations, this book offers sustenance for mind, body, and spirit. You will savor the flavor of recipes like "Father Tim's Beef Tenderloin with Mustard Horseradish Sauce", "Cynthia's Deep-Dish Blackberry Pie", "Emma's Green Beans with New Potatoes", and so many more.

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