by Beatrice Ojakangas
I love to read cookbooks and this one was lots of fun. It's not your typical cookbook, even though there are recipes. It's more of a memoir with recipes that go with the family stories thrown in to satisfy the reader. After reading the stories that encompass the recipe, you want the recipe!
The University of Minnesota Press explains what I'm trying to say so well:
This memoir-cum-cookbook from celebrated cook Beatrice Ojakangas is chock-full of recipes, anecdotes, and a kind humor that bring to vivid life the Finnish culture of northern Minnesota as well as the wider culinary world. Homemade delivers the savory and the sweet in equal measures and casts a warm light on a rich slice of the country’s cooking heritage.
I decided to read this book because I have a sister-in-law who is of Finnish descent and I have enjoyed her stories. She grew up in Minnesota, as did the author. I thought if I enjoy Homemade that I could recommend it to her and her children. I do recommend it. I think they will enjoy the humor, the stories, and the recipes.
**I received a complimentary copy of Homemade from NetGallsy. This review reflects my honest opinions. No compensation was received.**