The Little Women Cookbook
October 14, 2019 10:10 AM   Subscribe

The Little Women Cookbook
I posted previously on Projects about the literary food blog that my friend and I write, and now I'm back to share that we have published a book!

It's called The Little Women Cookbook: Novel Takes on Classic Recipes from Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy, and Friends.

We are both librarians so of course we spent a lot of time researching , starting with an exhaustive list of every food mentioned in the book, then combing through cookbooks from the Civil War era to find recipes that matched. Then we tested all the recipes and translated them into modern recipe format, with specific measurements, cooking times, etc (which are often not specified in older recipes).

You can see some sample recipes here.

In the next few weeks we'll be posting more extras, including some recipe outtakes (ones that didn't fit, or we couldn't quite get to work as well as we'd have liked).

The official release date is October 29, and if you're in San Diego you can come to our book launch on November 2 at Run for Cover bookstore!

If you'd like to know a little more about us and how the book happened, here's an interview.

PS Yes, there is a RIVAL Little Women Cookbook...but ours is the PURPLE one.
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posted by exceptinsects (6 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

FYI, the first link below the break is broken.
posted by jacquilynne at 9:14 AM on October 15, 2019

Should be fixed now, thanks!
posted by exceptinsects at 11:17 AM on October 15, 2019

I’m so surprised that popovers aren’t on the list! I can hear Amy’s sad ‘I’ll bring the popovers’ from the 1933 movie clear as a bell. This is a great project.
posted by bq at 8:47 PM on October 25, 2019

I wonder if that’s a movie thing. Do you mean the Christmas breakfast? In the book, she brings the muffins (and those are definitely in the cookbook!)
posted by exceptinsects at 9:43 PM on October 27, 2019

I do mean Christmas breakfast. I had to look up what popovers were at the time.
posted by bq at 7:45 AM on October 28, 2019

It's interesting, I wonder why they changed that for the movie?
From a cursory look it seems like the first mentions of popovers appeared in the 1850s, but the book text definitely says muffins. At the time, muffins were like what we think of as English muffins, but maybe by the 30s those had become less common the in US? I'm not sure when muffins became the cupcake-like things we have now.
posted by exceptinsects at 1:37 PM on October 28, 2019

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