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 "But housekeeping is fun, and I think the women who hate it lack imagination. It is one job where you enjoy the results right along as you work. You may work all day washing and ironing, but at night you have the delicious feelingof sunny clean sheets and airy pillows to lie on. If you clean, you sit down at nightfall with the house shiningand faintly smelling of wax, all yours to enjoy right then and there.
And if you cook---ah, if you cook---that creation you lift from the
oven goes right to the table."

~~Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Seasons~~

I don't know if I can get behind Gladys first sentence part B. But, I sure like the rest of her comments. 
It started me to wonder, do any of you have any of Gladys' recipes?  I have yet to purchase one of her cookbooks. 


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Mar. 7th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
A great Gladys Taber website is here:

Mar. 7th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I checked out the shoppe. Thanks for the link.

I've never had to pay that much for any of the Stillmeadow books, thank goodness. I found the ones I have at used book shops, thrift shops, garage sales, and eBay. My best find was probably a copy of her Flower Arranging for the American Home for $1, with dust jacket!

I love finding bargains like that, and I always pick up extras of Gladys's books when I see them for a very low price to pass them on to new fans.
Mar. 7th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh you're just like me in that regard. :) I'd rather wait and find a bargain, no matter how much I want a book. To me, the hunt is one of the greatest delights I can experience.
What a great find, one dollar AND the dust jacket was still intact. *smile* I just got goose bumps!
Mar. 7th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
I almost gave a loud squeal right there in the middle of the used book sale when I found the flower arranging one. I have been collecting Gladys's books since 1983, and that was the first time I had ever even SEEN that one. And there it was, just sitting there carelessly on a table with a lot of other gardening books. I was sure that I was going to look inside it and see that it was beyond my budget.

The first two Stillmeadow books I got were from a pen pal in Pennsylvania. She had duplicates of Stillmeadow Calendar and Stillmeadow Road, so she sent them to me and said she thought I might like this author. Like her? I was hooked from then on. Oddly, I had often seen the books on library shelves but never picked one up. They were probably calling to me for years before that kind lady dropped two in my lap.
Mar. 7th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
That quote puts me in the "spring cleaning" mood! I love the smell of clean sheets and a house open to the sunshine and fresh air. I think I'm better at cleaning than cooking but I do have Gladys Taber's Stillmeadow Cook Book. It's fun to read her comments at the end of many recipes...makes you feel like you are standing next to her in her kitchen:) I'll be happy to share any recipes from the book.
Mar. 7th, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
Great to "see" you hear, it will be so pleasurable to discuss her and her life with others who appreciate her too. I hope this community grows, it was a brilliant idea!
I think on a day like today here in New England ( forty degrees and sunny ), Gladys would have the windows opened for a spell to do just that, let in the fresh air and sunshine! I think that people have lost the appreciation of the benefits of airing out bedrooms like they used to. I'll do that as soon as I get off this computer.
Back then they used bee's wax for polishing their furniture. I remember how wonderful that smelled. Pledge is okay but...something gets lost in the translation. *smile*

I wonder what Jill would be doing while Gladys was puttering about the house?

Thanks, that's so nice of you. I was wondering if anyone had a favorite recipe they had tried. I really must get all of her books AND look into what her friend Faith Baldwin wrote as well.

Edited at 2008-03-07 03:32 pm (UTC)
Mar. 7th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I have three of Gladys's cookbooks, and have tried quite a few of the recipes. What I like about them is that the dishes are delicious without being delicacies; I am not a gourmet and don't enjoy making anything too fancy. If there's a certain kind of recipe you're looking for or can narrow it down, I can post some, too.

I also have quite a few of Faith Baldwin's books. She wrote a series of books that are sort of like the Stillmeadow books, in that they're kind of like her journals of everyday living. The ones I have are Testement of Trust, Living by Faith, Harvest of Hope, Face Toward the Spring, and Evening Star. They're enjoyable, and I like thinking that she's a friend of Gladys's when I read them, but I think Gladys does a better job with that style of writing. Faith also wrote a ton of fiction, and I have some of those, too.

One thing that I always think about with Gladys is how she would react to computers and email. If she didn't like the dial telephone, she probably would run from today's technology!
Mar. 7th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Simply good cooking is a wonderful thing. My worst meal planning flaw is I can't get it out of my belief system that a meal NEEDS to consist of a protein, a starch and a vegetable. :(

Thanks for the list. I can't wait to get started looking for Faith's writing. She and Gladys were such good friends.

I'm not fond of the telephone either. I don't own a cell phone. I did a few years ago. I didn't like being constantly available. But, you know, you're spot on, she would probably hate it nowadays, in more ways than one. :)
Mar. 7th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm going to give a quick look through Faith's books this afternoon. I know she talks about Gladys in a couple of them, and I'll post what she says.
Feb. 8th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree with her more. A clean house is so refreshing and always improves your mood. I cook better if everything is put in order in my kitchen or if i enjoy the way it looks. In fact, i even had a full cabinet refacing last month because i felt like it wasn't looking as good as i wanted.
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