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Aunt Anna’s Banana Date Nut Bread from Feasts for All Seasons, 1966, Roy Andries de Groot

Aunt Anna’s Banana Date Nut Bread from Feasts for All Seasons, 1966, Roy Andries de Groot:

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Aunt Anna’s Banana Date Nut Bread from Feasts for All Seasons, 1966, Roy Andries de Groot

Yes, we have the cookbook.  See it here:  https://vintagecookbook.com/product/feasts-for-all-seasons-1966-roy-andries-de-groot/

Feasts for All Seasons, 1966, Roy Andries de Groot:  Huge, heavy cookbook with what are called every day family recipes, organized by the four gastronomic season: the winter dog days, January and February; the spring, March, April, May and June; the summer harvest, July, August and September; and the fall holiday seasons, October, November, and December.  Each season has its party and feast-day menus, along with the recipes to make what’s on the menu.  And each season has every day family menus with recipes, plus “budget pull-back” and encore dishes.  Sprinkled through the menus and recipes are “basic rules,” lessons on tricky processes or dishes, like the basic rule for quick and foolproof mayonnaise or basic rule for batter for pancakes, crepes, blinis, etc.   It also has a dictionary of cheese, several essays on wines, and a very long list of market resources.

These recipes are not for amateurs.   Nor do they seem really useful for family dinners.  When did you last cook French Coq au Vin Beaujolais or Hungarian Paprikascsirke for family dinner?  Or have Lona’s Berliner Rote Grutze with  Frozen Fruits for family dessert.  However, this is a great cookbook for reading.  The basic rule lessons are truly useful.  And, if you need a Thanksgiving menu to impress the bejesus out  of someone, here it is.

This copy is from the first edition, second printing.  Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, in 1966.  730 pages plus index.  The dust jacket has some dings.  The book is in as-if-new condition.

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