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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. 


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.


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