Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Three Good Reviews for "Fry Bacon. Add Onions."

With all the attention given to knitting lately I haven't talked much about the cookbook but two readers posted very nice reviews on Amazon. Amazon has also reduced the price to $10.80! I absolutely LOVED the comment about the book being the "Pennsylvania Dutch" version of Moonstruck!

The first one is from my cousin:
5.0 out of 5 stars Family History, March 24, 2010
By Bonita L. Heindl (St. Marys, Pa United States)   
Amazon Verified Purchase
I just received my cookbook and it was wonderful!!! To not only see all the recipes that were forgotten over the years but to step back in time to remember days gone by of family were precious to me. Wonderful old time german and Pa. Dutch recipes.
Bonnie H. St. Marys Pa.

From "watchful critic"
Comfort food at its best, March 22, 2010

I just got the best present, a charming little cookbook, "Fry Bacon. Add Onions The Valentine Family and Friends Cookbook." A recent introduction by an independent publisher in Massachusetts, my copy came from my cousin who heard about it from another cousin, who had borrowed it from a friend. The attached note said: "This reminds me so much of our family."

"Fry Bacon. Add Onions", the title alone alerted my saliva glands. I flipped the pages, pausing on almost every one to study the photos of the author's family (stretching back six generations) and to inhale the domestic lore associated with short, simple, mouthwatering recipes. The theme is largely Pennsylvania Dutch, such as the Potato Pancakes, three kinds of cabbage rolls and corn chowders, apple dumplings, mincemeat tarts and an assortment of homemade pickles and relishes that were once the pride of every cook. There are some sophisticated surprises too; to wit, Whiskey Fudge Cake, Matt's Bourbon Slush, Sinful Orange Zest Brownies.

This deeply personal yet universal work of love could represent the culinary history of any American family whose interactions were framed by a tradition of delicious, wholesome food. We should all be so lucky as to have an Aunt Kathleen in the family to preserve our precious moments in snapshots and
recipes for the generations to come. 

And from V. Reider Stabile:
A Heartwarming Family History, March 17, 2010

Kathleen Valentine has produced a very special personal family history evolving through the recipes of German immigrants to St. Mary's, Pennsylvania, USA. Her touching photographs and colorful, poignant memories guide the reader through the decades in the Valentine family's saga. Her love of family, food and tradition comes right through the pages.

This reminded me of a German/Pennsylvania Dutch version of "Moonstruck." I loved the book and highly recommend it! 

So thanks to both of them for their kind words. I hope people will give the book a try!

Thanks for reading.


  1. This cookbook reads like a short story/recipe book filled with nostalgia. Even if you are not related, many of us can relate to the stories and the love that comes through "good cooking". Sit down and enjoy some good old family memories and brew up a pot of something tasty. Thank you Kathy for reminding us of what is important!

  2. Thank you so much! You didn't sign your name but I'm guessing you are a cousin, am I right? I'm just so happy that people are enjoying this book!

  3. Kathleen, great cookbook! The recipes look great and it's nice to know they are 'tried and true'. The family stories are very interesting, as well. Loved the story of the bears on the camping trip, yikes!!


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