I was so blessed on my birthday to receive a few good books (along with a bunch of other cool stuff!), I thought I’d share my two favorites with you in case you might want to check them out for yourself.
Though a tad too goofy at times for my taste, this was overall a really good read. The stories the Castleberry’s tell remind me all too much of my own learning experiences during our first two years of homesteading. I love how they share their many mistakes, and lessons they learned from more experienced neighbors and friends who were eager to lend a hand. It’s a fun read, packed full of useful information as well. I’d highly recommend it!
I have to say, this was the first cookbook that I’ve ever sat down and read front to back. I LOVE Clara! Actually, I fell in love with her when her YouTube videos first became a web sensation. I would sit and watch each video with a pen and paper, and try to write down her recipes as she cooked. What intrigued me the most about her was that what she shared was not only stories of survival of the Great Depression, but the frugal recipes that her mother cooked for their family which got them through the hardest of times. When I found out that she had published a cookbook, I knew I had to have it.
Before each recipe Clara shares a story about her childhood. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every one of her accounts. She shares how she had to quit school so that she could get a job to help the family make ends meet, how when they would have no money for food they would eat dandelion salads, and how she learned to eat whatever she was offered, whether she liked it or not, because the only alternative was hunger. I plan on putting these cherished, money saving recipes to good use in our home!
I’ve actually been reading a lot of books lately. Some have been good, some have been complete wastes of time (I hate it when that happens!). What about you? Read any good books lately? If you’ve read these books as well I’d love to know what you thought too!