Aggies, Moms, and Apple Pie
Cooking - Texana
6 x 9, 304 pp.
40 illus.
Pub Date: 06/24/2008
Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University
  paper
Price:        $22.95

978-1-60344-076-9

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Aggies, Moms, and Apple Pie

Edited by Edna M. Smith

The college experience revolves around many things, not the least important of which is food. From dorm room cuisine to tailgate parties to care packages, higher education can present some distinctive new demands on a person's cooking skills, time, and recipe file. This special cookbook will help both students and parents meet these challenges. It offers an array of good fare for late-night suppers, gatherings at your house, and regional specialties to impress the new roommate from New Jersey. Edna M. Smith, mother of two Texas Aggies, prepared this specially tailored cookbook from the recipes submitted by the members of seventy Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers' Clubs. The nearly five hundred recipes focus on the needs of families with college students and of the students themselves. Those who are novice cooks, perhaps just starting their own families and traditions, will appreciate the helpful suggestions for solving culinary mysteries. Any cook will enjoy the varied dishes that have been favorites for parties, covered dish suppers, and family feasts.

EDNA M. SMITH, a long-time cook, lived in Bryan, Texas, until her death in 2005.

What Readers Are Saying:

"If Aggies are known for eating and their mothers are known for cooking, a newly-published cookbook proves that both do it well. . . . Other categories in this attractively-designed recipe book focus on party fare for college students' visits home; time-cutting microwave recipes for both mother and college-age child; family and regional favorites; and desserts. "This collection of hearty and simple-to-prepare recipes ranging from Candy Orange Slice Bar Cookies to Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie will appeal not only to college age students and their mothers, but to beginning homemakers and busy homemakers as well."--Mary M. Fisher

"If Aggies are known for eating and their mothers are known for cooking, a newly-published cookbook proves that both do it well. . . . Other categories in this attractively-designed recipe book focus on party fare for college students' visits home; time-cutting microwave recipes for both mother and college-age child; family and regional favorites; and desserts. "This collection of hearty and simple-to-prepare recipes ranging from Candy Orange Slice Bar Cookies to Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie will appeal not only to college age students and their mothers, but to beginning homemakers and busy homemakers as well." --Mary M. Fisher

"These are real mothers in real kitchens feeding real families, not necessarily cooks who are putting together meals as an art form. . . . So what? Let's get real here. Who among us doesn't have a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup hiding in the pantry, waiting to join some equally convenient ingredients in a perfectly acceptable broccoli and rice casserole? And that jar of processed cheese in the refrigerator didn't get half empty by accident. That's life in the kitchen some days, and certainly the Aggies aren't to blame for that. If they've got a new way to use those old faithfuls, why not take a look? "Quite frankly, I'm glad I did. This is an eminently usable cookbook, although I might have arranged the chapters a bit differently. . . . I'm going to have to give them an 'A' for effort." --Elaine Wikstrom

"Compiled from Aggie mothers' favorite recipes and featuring chapters with such intriguing titles as 'The Gig 'Em Gourmet,' this cookbook will doubtless inspire more jokes, but the delicious recipes are for real." --Texas Books in Review

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