Heirloom Cooking With the Brass Sisters
Reviewed by Kate Thornberry, Fri., Oct. 31, 2008
Heirloom Cooking With the Brass Sistersby Marilynn and Sheila Brass
Black Dog and Leventhal Publishers, 285 pp., $29.95
The Brass Sisters were dubbed the "Queens of Comfort Food" in their WGBH Boston PBS special, and it is a mantle they wear with pride. Their first book, Heirloom Baking, was a James Beard finalist, and this September, the Brass Sisters were named by Publishers Weekly as likely to rise to culinary stardom. Avid collectors of handwritten recipes and manuscript cookbooks, the Brass Sisters have made it their mission to rescue forgotten favorites from America's home-cooking past. Describing their research for Heirloom Cooking, Marilynn Brass exclaims, "It's like we were discovering America!" Swedish meatballs, Romanian stuffed cabbage, enormous popovers, red velvet cake, bialy bagels, Billionaire's Macaroni and Cheese, and glazed corned beef are just a few of the jewels that are rediscovered in this beautifully illustrated book. The Brass Sisters will be signing copies at the Book Festival.
Sunday, 2-3pm, Cooking Tent