The Shaker Kitchen: Canterbury Shaker Village, New Hampshire
The Shaker Kitchen contains more than 100 recipes from Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Recipes are from its resident chef Jeffrey Paige.
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 177 pages.
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Author: Jeffrey S. Paige
Description: In a world of Chicken McNuggets, Tofutti, and Three-Pepper Souffles on beds of Friseed Radicchio and Mache topped with Sweated Vidalia Compote, one might muse, "What ever happened to real food? Food I could identify without a waiter's help? Food that didn't involve a Styrofoam box? Food I could spell?"
As life seems to be getting more complicated and frenzied, Americans are craving a taste of the simple life; and when one thinks of the philosophy of simplicity, there is no better role model than the Shakers. While they are perhaps most famous for their eloquently austere furniture, the same uncomplicated approach was very much present in their delicious cooking. The Shakers combined local ingredients, simple techniques, and inventive appetites to create a cuisine that is classic and contemporary all at the same time.
Native Corn and Pumpkin Chowder. Whipped Cream Biscuits. Roast Duckling with Shaker Smothered Onions. Baked Country-Smoked Ham with Spiced Cherry Catsup. Sister Ethel's Deep-Dish Custard Pie. These are a few of the Shaker-inspired recipes Jeffrey S. Paige, resident chef at Canterbury Shaker Village, includes in his culinary tour. Chef Paige shares the Shakers' kitchen philosophy ("Perhaps the most important aspect of Shaker cuisine is not the recipes themselves but rather an attitude toward food and its preparation") as he vividly describes village life, mealtimes, and kitchen inventions he learned about from the last living Shakers.
To reflect on the Shakers is to think of simplicity, dedication of purpose, and their mission to "create a heaven on earth." Nowhere is this objective better realized than in the Shaker kitchen, where fresh, indigenous ingredients and basic techniques meet imaginative preparation to result in Utopian meals to satisfy body and soul.
Condition: Good condition.
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