Saturday, January 06, 2007

A Unique Cookbook-

We don't carry many cookbooks, but when this one was brought to my attention, I knew we had to add it to our stock-

"Food to Die For. A Book of Funeral Food, Tips and Tales" by Jessica Bemis Ward. Published by the Old City Cemetery and the Southern Memorial Association in 2004. A cookbook and photographic tour of Lynchburg’s historic Old City Cemetery, all in one book!

The act of taking food to the bereaved when someone has died is a way of giving expression to sentiments that cannot always be put into words. Practically and psychologically, the edible offering provides sustenance and comfort. It is the main object of this book to gather the recipes that people present as Funeral food. This unique cookbook includes more than 100 great recipes for Central Virginia's favorite comfort foods, including Jane's Corn Pudding, Cheese Straws, Mur's Peas, Bookstore Punch, and Sweet Briar Cookies as well as lighthearted looks at funeral customs, old and new, practical advice for writing obituaries and condolence notes, and useful terminology like ‘funeral tsar’ and ‘dying order’. The cookbook contains 180 pages of recipes, etiquette, and anecdotes”.

Established in 1806, the Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia is the state’s oldest continuously-operated public cemetery. This book contains not only funeral lore and recipes, but many photographs of the beautiful and historic grounds and buildings. A unique cookbook.

Spiralbound. 7.5”x9”, 180 pages, b/w illustrations. New. [90223] $25.00

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