Little Old Lady Recipes

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Mat from PGUK recently sent me a cookbook to review entitled "Little Old Lady Recipes," by Meg Favreau. It's due for release here in the UK in December and I was happy to take a look at it and give them my thoughts.

If you are looking for a cookery book with artsy food photos that make you drool. This is not the book for you. If you are looking for a cookery book with great simple and delicious recipes, and a bit of heart and soul, then you will find that this cook is a happy mix of all those things.

This is a book that honours those extraordinary elderly women who are the backbone of church socials and bridge clubs across the country. It is simple food. It is old fashioned food. It is delicious food. It is the stuff that grandma's are made of. It's apple pie, home sweet home and lap cuddles all rolled up into a sassy fun little book that is chock full of fabulous recipes that anyone can make any day of the week, because none of them requires fancy ingredients or equipment.

It's broken down into tasty chapters such as
  • Breakfasts and Coffee Klatch
  • Soups, Salads and Casseroles
  • Appetizers and Refreshments
  • Suppers and Side Dishes
  • Sweets and Treats
Interspersed throughout the book are lovely photographs of these wonderful Silver haired creatures that could be the nan's of any one of us. Also included, are fabulous witty and generous portions of kitchen table wisdom!

Every page is a happy mix of no-frills recipes for pot roast, meat loaf, dumplings, corn bread, fried chicken, liver and onions . . . pies, cakes and a host of everything in between. This is comfort food, plain and simple and I just love it!

Written by Meg Favreau and dedicated to her grandmother, "Whose pie-making skills remain unrivaled," and to her mother, who once said, "I want the dedication in your first book to be, 'To my mother, who always believed in me.'", this is a little book that pleases on many levels. If I didn't already have it I'd be putting it on my Christmas List of wants!

Available in December as a hardback and retailing at £9.99.

Many thanks to Mat, Quirk Books and those Great old Grannies for a fabulous opportunity to try out some Little Old Lady Recipes, made with love and lots of lard!

No new recipe today. I am a bit under the weather and in need of chicken soup . . .


  1. oh Marie,, is it a cold,, wish I was closer I would supply the soup.Thats an interesting book,,take care and please get well soon.

  2. I think it will be a good book to have.
    With the change of weather this week our bodies are trying to adjust. Stay in bed and drink lots of liquids, hot ones. xo Jenny

  3. Looks like a wonderful book full of good old fashioned honest cooking!

  4. Marie, I hope you feel better soon!

    I would love this book! It would make such a fun gift for my sister's too! I wonder if it might appear on Amazon, so I could get my hands on it?

    I enjoy your blog so much, and have tried and recommended many of your recipes.

    Thank you for a delightful culinary experience! Chris

  5. Hi Marie! I found your blog just 2 days ago. And.. I felt in love with your recipes.
    I also like this book, but I don't think I can find it here, in Poland :(
    All the best for U :)

  6. What a sweet book - lovely idea - so hope your feeling much, much better :)
    Mary oxoxo

  7. I hope you're on the mend, Marie and that your pantry is stocked with plenty of soup. : )
    This is a cute cookbook. It looks like it has the important, standard fare recipes that all of our kids need when they first start out on their own.

  8. Hope you're on the mend and feeling much better... I loved the cookbook pages you showed and know that this is one book I will purchase (and pay overseas shipping) it seems worth the money.

    Take care and try some of the recipes so we can see the results.

    Hugs from across the sea on a cold wet Thursday.


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