Review: The Little Women Cookbook

Review: The Little Women Cookbook

The Little Women Cookbook by Wini Moranville is a must-have for fans of the classic Louisa May Alcott series. The book contains simple recipes that are inspired by the food in the books. Also, there are some cute illustrations and quotes from the stories to accompany the instructions.

Review: The Little Women CookbookTitle: The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family
Author: Wini Moranville
Publisher: Harvard Common Press
Publication Date: October 1, 2019

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

Experience the exciting and heartwarming world of the March sisters and Little Women right in your own kitchen.

Here at last is the first cookbook to celebrate the scrumptious and comforting foods that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women. If your family includes a Little Women fan, or if you yourself are one, with this book you can keep the magic and wonder of the beloved tale alive for years to come. Do you wonder what makes the characters so excited to make—and eat!—sweets and desserts like the exotically named Blancmange or the mysterious Bonbons with Mottoes, along with favorites like Apple Turnovers, Plum Pudding, and Gingerbread Cake? Find out for yourself with over 50 easy-to-make recipes for these delectable treats and more, all updated for the modern kitchen.

From Hannah’s Pounded Potatoes to Amy’s Picnic Lemonade, from the charming Chocolate Drop Cookies that Professor Bhaer always offers to Meg’s twins to hearty dinners that Hannah and Marmee encourage the March sisters to learn to make, you’ll find an abundance of delicious teatime drinks and snacks, plus breakfasts, brunches, lunches, suppers, and desserts. Featuring full-color photos, evocative illustrations, fun and uplifting quotes from the novel, and anecdotes about Louisa May Alcott, this is a book that any Little Women fan will love to have.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Little Women Cookbook

One of my favourite classics, Little Women, is a story that celebrates families and sisters. The Little Women Cookbook carries on this theme with some straightforward recipes that will bring you back to the world of the March family. Recipes, such as Jo’s Much Improved Asparagus and Amy’s “Pickled Lime” Sugar Cookies, will evoke strong memories of the books and its characters.

❀ Whimsical Images

This cookbook not only features recipes that are influenced by Alcott’s books, it also contains some whimsical images and photographs. In addition, the author shares quotes from the stories and some history about the era the book was written in. These little tidbits make the book much more than a collection of recipes, but a companion for fans of the original stories.

The Little Women Cookbook

Vanilla Butter Cookies with Mr. Bhaer’s Chocolate Drops

Mr. Bhaer’s chocolate drops are represented in this book, and the Vanilla Butter Cookies that are included in the cookbook are quick, easy, and delicious. They were definitely gobbled up pretty fast at my house, as I imagine Meg’s children would have in Little Women.

❀ Great Gift Idea

If you have a Little Women fan in your life, this book would make a great gift. It is a pretty cookbook that will be a great addition to any shelf. It makes the wait for the new movie a little bit easier, for sure!

About Wini Moranville

Wini Moranville

Wini Moranville has worked as a food writer and editor for twenty-five years. She is the author of The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day and has contributed to many cooking magazines and websites.

Wini has a particular passion for heirloom recipes and served as the researcher and writer for Test Kitchen Favorites, a book of best-loved Better Homes and Gardens recipes from 1928 to the early 2000s. She is also a published fiction writer and the author of The Record Player and Other Stories. A fan of both France and Louisa May Alcott, Wini’s next project is a travelogue that traces the author’s extensive journeys through France. When not traveling, she lives in Des Moines with her
husband, David Wolf.

19 thoughts on “Review: The Little Women Cookbook

  1. Wini Moranville says:

    Thank for a great review. I really appreciate it. And I *love* your photo of the Chocolate Drop cookies. That’s exactly how mine look — like lovely little thumbprint butter cookies with chocolate in the middle!

    Thanks again for the thoughtful piece

    Best,
    Wini Moranville
    Author, The Little Women Cookbook: Tempting Recipes from the March Sisters and Their Friends and Family

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