CookBooks, Native Ground Books & Music
Native Ground Books & Music • Native Ground Books & Music started with a simple idea – to teach and preserve Southern Appalachian music. Adding richness and flavor to Native Ground Music’s extensive catalog, Wayne Erbsen’s wife, Barbara Swell, has collected old-timey pioneer recipes, kitchen wisdom and sayings, romantic advice, and cooking secrets from rural women now in their eighties and nineties who grew up using wood cookstoves in the southern mountains.
In 1995, Wayne realized the need for some historic cookbooks in the Native Ground catalog. Since he had a great cook right in is own home, Wayne encouraged his wife Barbara to write a book on pioneer cooking, but she promptly refused! After all, in addition to raising three small children, she had her own counseling practice. Not being one to take no for an answer, Wayne proceeded to goad Barbara into writing the book by insisting that HE would write the book.
Barbara knew that Wayne was the world’s worst cook, so to save him further embarrassment, she went ahead and wrote Log Cabin Cooking. To their amazement, the book went on to become a best-seller for Native Ground.
Since, Barbara Swell has written eight historic cookbooks including Log Cabin Cooking, The Lost Art of Pie Making, and The First American Cookie Lady. She teaches cooking classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School, Swannanoa School of Culinary Arts, and elsewhere, and is on the Slow Food Asheville Board. An overenthusiastic organic gardener, you’ll most often find her rooting in the dirt.
Barbara also currently offers cooking classes and workshops in a 1940s log cabin in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit Log Cabin Cooking & Music.
Aunt Barb’s Bread Book, Barbara Swell • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home.html • Bake up your great grandmother’s wholesome, tasty hearth-baked breads in your own kitchen today! You’ll be amazed by the stunning loaves and rolls you pluck from new or vintage cast ironware, baking stones, or everyday gizmos that produce yesterday’s radiant cooking environments for your modern oven, wood fireplace, or campfire. Recipes from 1820 through 1920 include harvest apple bread, whole-grain little gem breads, oat sandwich loaf, buttermilk rolls, and lots more. Cookbook contains oodles of period photos and bread-lore and is appropriate for all skill levels.
The Lost Art of Pie Making ~ Made Easy, Barbara Swell • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home/43-the-lost-art-of-pie-making-made-easy.html • Come home to pie! This witty and fun book shows you how to make a darn good pie in a jiffy. You’ll feel like you’re back in your grandma’s kitchen as she shows you how she rolls out her flaky, tender pie crust. Recipes date from 1831, many from 19th century handwritten cooking journals. Includes old-time pie lore, pie insults, why men love pie, pie contest tips, vintage photos, historic recipes, and more. Make pies like Rum Bittersweet Chocolate, Vanilla crumb, Apple/Pear Mince, Sour Cherry Amaretto, Fresh Raspberry, Louisiana Peanut, as well as quick flip pies, dumplings and crisps.
A Garden Supper Tonight, Barbara Swell • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home.html • Have a seat on the old front porch glider and let’s string this mess of pole beans for our garden feast tonight. We’ll have the same in-season supper our great grandmothers fixed back in 1895 when food was food, raised close to home and made from scratch for family and friends every day. A Garden Supper Tonight contains vintage economical seasonal recipes, food curiosities, and timeless advice on all things home and gardening.
Log Cabin Cooking: Pioneer Recipes & Food Lore, Barbara Swell • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home/48-our-best-seller-log-cabin-cooking-pioneer-recipes-a-food-lore.html • Peppered with authentic 19th century photographs, Log Cabin Cooking is smothered with old-time recipes, kitchen proverbs, even a pinch of proper pioneer etiquette! Make-do recipes include Leather Britches, Ash Cake and Portable Soup, using the ingredients available to settlers 150 years ago! Other goodies: hand-dipped candle making, soup warnings, molasses taffy, faux foods, zucchini clarinet and ginger beer!
Mama’s In The Kitchen ~ Weird & Wonderful Home Cookin’ 1900-1950, Barbara Swell • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home/45-mamas-in-the-kitchen-weird-a-wonderful-home-cookin-1900-1950.html • Mama’s in the Kitchen simply screams NOSTALGIA. Here are the stories and recipes of our mothers and grandmothers as they cooked their way through two world wars, food shortages, and the Great Depression. This lively and witty book chronicles how household gadgets dramatically changed the lives of women forever. It takes you into the kitchens of young housewives who whipped up cherry chiffon pies and weird little sandwiches to the beat of big band swing tunes playing on the radio. Lured by glossy product advertisements, these women were seduced into thinking that a green wiggly dessert would add glamour and romance to their lives. This book takes both a serious and a humorous look at women in a changing world.
Secrets of the Great Old-Timey Cooks, Barbara Swell • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home/49-secrets-of-the-great-old-timey-cooks.html • Reminisce about a simpler time as four 20th century mountain pioneer women share their cooking secrets. These great old-time cooks stir in their own wisdom and tales of growing up on rural farms, where they prepared delicious meals by lantern light on wood cookstoves. Included are heirloom recipes, proverbs, folk remedies, 80 vintage photos, 19th century autograph rhymes and lots of stories.
Take Two & Butter ‘Em While They’re Hot! Heirloom Recipes & Kitchen Wisdom, Barbara Swell • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home/46-take-two-a-butter-em-while-theyre-hot-heirloom-recipes-a-kitchen-wisdom-.html • Cook your heart out with generations of hand-me-down recipes and food lore! Barbara Swell has whisked up weather and cooking folklore, food insults, old-time home remedies, vintage photos, romance superstitions, hearth crafts and 19th century chores.
The 1st American Cookie Lady, Barbara Swell • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home.html • The 1st American Cookie Lady is based on a fascinating mystery. In 1917, Anna "Cookie" Covington set out to record all her favorite cookie recipes as a gift to her daughter because no published cookie recipe books existed at that time. Strangely, her 76 page handwritten personal cooking diary was never delivered to her daughter as planned. 88 years later, the unused diary fell into the hands of food historian Barbara Swell, who recognized it as perhaps the earliest collection of American cookie recipes, dating from the mid 1880s up through World War I. The 1st American Cookie Lady includes Anna’s 221 recipes recorded from 1917-1920 along with adaptations for the modern kitchen, vintage graphics and photos, World War I food shortage recipes, plus curiosities of cookie baking history. 6" x 9", 152 pages.
Old-Time Farmhouse Cooking ~ Rural American Recipes & Farm Lore, Barbara Swell • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home/44-old-time-farmhouse-cooking-rural-american-recipes-a-farm-lore.html • Climb down off your tractor and dig into some old-fashioned, farm-fresh comfort food! We’ve got cranberry beef stew simmering on the old wood cookstove and some sweet corn just pulled off the stalks. Try a dab of this farm-churned golden butter on the orange rye bread still warm from the oven. Whether you’re a born farmer, or a country-minded city person, you’ll enjoy these creative rural American recipes from a time when the food was wholesome and life was full of fresh air and sunshine. These recipes, stores, jokes, advice, farm lore, and illustrations were collected from a wide variety of American agricultural sources from the 1880s to the 1950s.
Children at the Hearth: 19th Century Cooking, Manners & Games, Barbara Swell • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home/47-children-at-the-hearth-19th-century-cooking-manners-a-games.html • Eat your way back in time and enter the world of American children as they lived 150 years ago. Sample foods, folklore and games found in the parlors of the wealthy, the boarding houses of the working class, and the cabins on the western frontier. Includes over 60 vintage photos plus historic recipes like cathead biscuits, sugar plums and hobo mulligan stew. Learn to make snow candles and snow taffy, tell Appalachian ghost stories and play roley hole and jack straws.
The Pioneer Village Cookbook, Ann Chandonnet • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home.html • Step into our log cabin village and sample some authentic pioneer cooking! From New England to Texas, from the Appalachians to Pike’s Peak, pioneer cooks had to be tough and self-sufficient–able to whip up hearty meals with little more than an iron pot and a sharp knife. Recipes range from Chisholm Trail Chili to Appalachian Stack Cake and Grandma Cody’s Applesauce Cookies. If pioneer life has left you bruised and battered, we’ve included some curious remedies and questionable cure-alls. This book is loaded with captivating snippets of information , recipes, vintage art and photos and much more!
Early American Cookery, Margaret Huntington Hooker • www.facebook.com/nativeground • www.nativeground.com • www.nativeground.com/books-cds/kitchen-home/50-early-american-cookery.html • This amazing piece of folk history was originally published in 1896 amidst a colonial revival frenzy that swept America’s eastern seaboard in the 1890s. Determined to preserve American colonial cooking, Margaret Hooker collected quaint and curious recipes and remedies that appear to have come from “old and reliable” sources ranging from the mid 1700s to the mid 1800s. Her 266 original illustrations of cooking utensils give us a glimpse of colonial America as seen through the eyes of a young artist and teacher of 1896. This fun book includes recipes, beauty secrets, etiquette, candle making, and household hints, written in 18th century long S style print.
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