"What is Shaker cooking?" asks Sister Frances. "Basically it is plain, wholesome food well prepared." The timeless recipes in this book can hardly be described with more honesty than that. Few call for more than a dozen ingredients, most of which can be found in the average kitchen. The short instructions are easy to follow, and the results show that interesting and tasty food need not be complicated. Indeed, like Shaker furniture and textiles, these recipes are simple but artful.
Sister Frances has collected and perfected these recipes during her thirty years in the kitchen of the Shaker Community at Sabbathday Lake, Maine. Many of them, such as oyster stew and"Shaker fish and egg," had been passed down over the years and were taught to her as a child. Others, such as Brother Ted's Swedish chicken or lemon grapenut pudding, are relatively new and incorporate modern ingredients.
In addition to a wide assortment of recipes, Shaker Your Plate contains several engaging recollections by Sister Frances of Shaker cooks who played an important role in her life. There are also delightful descriptions of the Community's dairy, orchards, and herb farm. There are suggestions for using Shaker culinary herbs and charming pen-and-ink drawings throughout.
Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 154
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 203 x 203 x 12 mm
Whether you ve been to Chosen Land and eaten a meal with the community or are just starting to enjoy the delights of Shaker cooking, Shaker Your Plate is a must not only to read but to use. Shaker Messenger"
Shaker Your Plate: Of Shaker Cooks and Cooking by Sister Frances Carr is a platter of a different type . . . austere, but no less delicious reading . . These are everyday recipes [are] made with care [and] tasted with pure pleasure . . . It's simple food, but when well done, simple means solid pleasure . . . The herb list is great, the drawings are frameable in quality, and the history is impeccable. The Courier-Gazette (ME)"
There's an elegance in the simplicity of the recipes. When you use fresh, high-quality ingredients, you don't need to add much to make them taste good . . . [These] recipes remain an important link to the past. Bangor Daily News"