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The Emily Dickinson Cookbook

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If you're a fan of Emily Dickinson's work or even the new series on Apple TV, "Dickinson", you'll love this fresh book containing recipes and poems to inspire you in the kitchen. 
I grew up carrying around a book with most of Emily's work and have a love for her that goes back many years. When I came across this cookbook, I knew it was something I had to check out and recommend anyone who loves cooking, wants to learn more or just embrace all things Emily, This is for you
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Emily Dickinson is too often cubby holed into one iconic image, as acrophobic women in a white dress secretly scribbling idiosyncratic verse on scraps of paper.

In truth, she had so many sides to her personality. She loved to garden. Her black cake won a prize. She corresponded about writing with strangers. Her first published poems were valentines verses. She loved deeply. She loved to walk with her dog. And yes, she was an amazing and innovative poet.

Cooking With Emily Dickinson is a beautiful book that shares the poet’s recipes, updated for modern cooks. The author includes Dickinson’s poetry, stories about the recipes, and the recipe with a photo of the finished product.

The recipes are diverse, including

Breakfast and Brunches, with savory dishes like Spicy Skillet Hash and sweeter dishes like Apple Pancakes and Glazed Crullers
Tea Time at the Dickinson’s, including Jasmine Tea Biscuits, Cherry Scones and Honey Lemonade
From the Stockpot includes Irish Stew, Broths Chicken Soup, and Pumpkin Corn Chowder
Poetic Suppers has mouthwatering dishes like Veal Meatballs with Gravy, Mushroom Pot Pie, and Pan-Fried Cod Cakes
Emily’s Best Breads is my favorite with Brown Bread, Gingerbread, Corn Cakes, and Maggie’s Irish Soda Bread
Cakes, Pies, and Other Sweet Things includes Emily’s famous Black Cake and her favorite Coconut Cookies and Chocolate Caramels and Mrs. DIckinson’s Custard Pie

The author includes information about the poet as a cook, illustrations of her poetry on scraps and the back of recipes, and notes on her sources.

I can hardly wait to get cooking!

I love this series of cooking books based on literature. I previously reviewed The Little Women Cookbook and The Secret Garden Cookbook, then purchased them and The Anne of Green Gable Cookbook. I will add this new volume soon!

I received a free egalley from the publisher through NetGalley. My review is fair and unbiased.
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I absolutely love these simple recipes with all the introductory Emily Dickinson lines for each. The pictures feel like hom. The recipes are not too complicated or elaborate. Just the ones everyone would love to try out everyday.

Absolutely adorable inside out.

Thank you, Quarto Publishing, for the advance reading copy.
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This is one of the most beautifully designed cookbooks I have ever read. There are flowers and Victorian script everywhere and the best part Emily Dickinson's poems to accompany some of the recipes. The foreword was fairly enjoyable especially since I found out that Dickinson was also an avid baker. I love learning these tidbits about classic authors because it makes them into more of a person instead of just a figurehead. While the prize of these cookbook is the breads and desserts I for one am looking forward to making Pumpkin Corn Chowder. It's just a combination I never thought of trying and is perfect for the cool weather my part of the country is experiencing right now. I think this is a must for Dickinson fans if only to appreciate one of the many things she loved to do other than writing.

I got this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Sweet, simple and wholesome, this cookbook is a look at nineteenth century American cookery through the lens of Emily Dickinson. 

Divided into six chapters the book covers breakfast, stocks/soups, breads, tea time snacks, suppers and sweets. The author is upfront that only a very small number of Dickinson's recipes actually exist, so some (or as it turns out most) of the fifty recipes included are the author's take on recipes Dickinson mentioned, or those that would have been popular at the time. They are in her words a 'metaphor' rather than an exact representation of Dickinson's recipes. The recipes are generally fairly simple and easy to follow so would be good for beginner cooks. There are a good variety of styles and give a sense both of what food meant to Dicksinon, and how families of her class would have eaten at the time.

Each recipe is introduced and paired with either a poem or a quote, providing a nice balance to Dickinson who would write poetry and recipes on the same paper. There is a nice, if simple, discussion of how Dickinson uses food and hunger symbolically in her work, and the author describes the inspiration for each recipe. Although out of the roughly four recipes that seem to be based on Dickinson's own recipes, most appear to have been modified or modernised and seem mostly 'inspired' rather than faithful records. However, as the author explains not all measurements, ingredients, or methods are available from Dickinson's papers. 

The book includes high quality photography and sweet illustrations which contribute to the feel of the book, and I appreciate that metric measurements and Celsius temperatures are included alongside imperial/Fahrenheit, which are a convenient touch. The introduction was only one and a half pages long and I would have loved a bit more of a history to complement the little notes at the start of each recipe, but it is short and sweet, and would make a lovely gift. It would be good for those who like Mrs Charles Darwin's Recipe Book. 
I can't wait to try the jasmine biscuits.
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As I’ve just finished the Dickinson show, I’m now very much obsessed with Emily Dickinson, so when I saw this book I had to request it and I’m happy I did. I don’t really know how to review cookbooks but I will definitely try something out of it. It seems to have some cool recipes.
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Thank you, Netgalley and the author/publisher, for the opportunity to read and review an advanced reader's copy of this book. This in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own.

What a gem!!!! I loved reading the Emily Dickinson poems/letters, then reading the information added about her and/or how the poem/letters related to her or where she was in her life when she wrote the poem/letter or what was happening in the United States/New England at that time, and then seeing how the recipes fit into the picture. The recipes themselves added a nice touch. This was such a cool way to pay tribute to a poet. Love it!!!
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Many of us think of Emily Dickinson as the author of beautiful and, at times, enigmatic poems. I have rarely thought about her domestic life or her cooking skills but, of course, given her times and world, it makes sense that Emily spent time in the kitchen.

This beautiful book opens up Dickinson’s world to the modern reader. Here is a collection of (updated) recipes that give a sense of what Emily cooked and baked.

Following an interesting introduction, the book is divided into six chapters. These include Breakfasts and Brunches; Tea Time at the Dickinsons; From the Stockpot; Poetic Suppers; Emily’s Best Breads; and Cakes, Pies, and Other Sweet Things. A sample recipe from each section includes Baked Berry Pecan French Toast, Cherry Scones, Mushroom Pot pie, Little Dinner Rolls and Federal Cake. Each recipe begins with an interesting fact about this most interesting poet. There are also poems to read.

Interspersed with the recipes are many photos. The food looks very appealing.

This book would make an excellent gift for a Dickinson lover, including yourself!

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this lovely book. All opinions are my own.
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I received an ARC of The Emily Dickinson Cookbook by, Arlyn Osborne.  This is  a great book for fans of Emily Dickinson.  It has lovely recipes, cinnamon donuts, breads, strawberry oatmeal, and Jasmine tea biscuits.  Poems are alongside the recipes.  This is a small cookbook though.
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I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I'll admit a lot of my expectations were shaped by the new Dickinson TV show. The Emily portrayed in this cook book doesn't really align with the Emily we see in the show which is based heavily on Emily's life.

The recipes included in this book are interesting. Most aren't time intensive, which is nice. There are also some nice pictures in the recipe book align side pictures or quotes of Emily's poems. 

The recipes include things like breads, desserts, and tea time snacks.
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Absolutely beautiful book. I loved seeing Emily's handwritten notes.  The recipes themselves look delicious in the pictures.
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