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At Home on the Range

(2012)
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While moving into a new house, Elizabeth Gilbert unpacked some boxes of family books that had been sitting in her mother's attic for decades. Among the old, dusty hardcovers was a book called At Home on the Range (or, How To Make Friends with Your Stove) by Gilbert's great-grandmother, Margaret Yardley Potter. In her workaday cookbook, Potter espoused the importance of farmer's markets and ethnic food (Italian, Jewish, and German), derided preservatives and culinary shortcuts, and celebrated a devotion to seeking out new epicurean adventures. Potter takes car trips out to Pennsylvania Dutch country to eat pickled pork products, and during World War II she cajoles local poultry farmers into saving buckets of coxcombs for her so she can try to cook them in the French manner. She takes trips to the eastern shore of Maryland, where she learns to catch and prepare eels so delicious, she says, they must be 'devoured in a silence almost devout.'

Part scholar - she includes a great recipe from 1848 for boiled sheep head - and part crusader for a more open food conversation than currently existed, it's not hard to see from where Elizabeth Gilbert inherited both her love of food, and her warm, infectious prose.



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Hardback Editions

June 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: At Home on the Range
Author(s): Margaret Yardley Potter, Elizabeth Gilbert
ISBN: 1-4088-3228-3 / 978-1-4088-3228-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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April 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: At Home on the Range
Author(s): Margaret Yardley Potter
ISBN: 1-936365-89-8 / 978-1-936365-89-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: McSweeney's
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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: At Home on the Range
Author(s): Margaret Yardley Potter
ISBN: 1-938073-68-1 / 978-1-938073-68-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: McSweeney's
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Kindle Editions

April 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: At Home on the Range
Author(s): Margaret Yardley Potter, Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK