Book Review: Heirloom Cooking With the Brass Sisters

Heirloom Cooking With the Brass Sisters: Recipes You Remember and Love

by Marilynn Brass
& Sheila Brass

Authors of Heirloom Baking and James Beard Award finalists Marilynn and Sheila Brass launched a whole new cookbook category with their “heirloom” baking recipes. Now they turn their culinary skills to the rest of the menu, presenting delicious, savory, and timeless heirloom dishes collected over decades and updated for the modern kitchen.

Marilynn and Sheila Brass have spent a lifetime collecting handwritten “manuscript cookbooks” and “living recipes.” Heirloom Cooking collects and skillfully updates 135 of the very best of these, which together represent nearly 100 years of the best-loved and most delicious dishes from all over North America. The oldest recipes date back to the late 1800s, and every decade and a wide variety of ethnicities are captured here.

The book is divided into sections including Starters; Salads; Vegetables; Breads; Main Dishes including Lamb, Beef, Veal, Pork, Fish, Chicken, and Turkey; Vegetarian; and—of course—Dessert. As they did in Heirloom Baking, the Brass sisters include the wonderful stories behind the recipes, and once again, lush photography is provided by Andy Ryan.

from Amazon Customer Reviews

…The helpful tips and hints that they provide you throughout the book, although sometimes basic, are a good reminder of things we often overlook.…The Brass Sisters have given us a cookbook that we can feel good about giving to anyone, from your best friend to your daughter to your grandmother. All of the detailed recipes, beautiful pictures and handy ideas will keep you looking at this book over and over. One clever touch I don’t want you to miss is the “My Recipes” envelope securely attached to the inside back cover for you to tuck in your own “Heirlooms”.
If you collect those regional cookbooks with spiral bindings and hand-typed recipes inside, looking for that “secret family recipe”, the Brass Sisters may have written just the book for you. Instead of guessing what “Billionaire’s Mac ‘n Cheese” or “Mock Chicken Salad” or “Salmon Squares” looks like, you get a handsome large volume lavishly illustrated with pictures and some stories. But mainly, this book is about the food, straight-up American style comfort food…

By Zack Davisson 

My Grandma always had a big box of note card sized recipes that she did her cooking from. I don’t know where she got them originally…from magazines, from friends, passed down from family. All I know is that they were good…With “Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters”, the “big box of recipes” from many people’s grandmothers have been gathered together, sifted through, and the best-of-the-best bound together in one big book…The result is an awesome collection of recipes, all with a distinct American flair. Chili Cheese Cornbread, Mrs. Carter’s Baked Stuffed Onions, Onion and Olive Tart, Chicken Pot Pie, Danish Roast Goose Stuffed with Apples and Prunes…every single one is a treasure of history and flavor.