This book was in the bargain/clearance bin of a local BigLots in Tacoma years ago. Having caught my eye with the homespun title and images of warm soup and savory pies, I bought it.
Written in the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul‘ genre, it’s down home, inspirational and somewhat emotional-laden stories is sure to grasp the attention of those who love the Chicken Soup series’ books.
The recipes are written by every day people who send in their family heirloom recipes to be included in the series. The recipes aren’t healthy and, include fattening, starchy and high carbohydrate ingredients and full of sodium. But they do sound comforting and filling, nonetheless. They really are not for those of us with diabetes, heart disease and other health issues. The stories really do capture your heart and you feel like you’re sitting down with the recipe author.
The writer/compiler, Jay Weinstien, knew how to compile the stories as well as the recipes to ensure an even flow of continuity throughout the book. Recipes and chapters are well-placed, giving a a good feel for a cookbook, as well as a compendium of down home stories.
I would give the recipes themselves a 3.5 (mostly unhealthy recipes) and a 4 for heartwarming stories.