Thursday, June 11, 2009
Two new Elm Creek Quilters books!
The Quilter’s Kitchen
By Jennifer Chiaverini
Simon and Schuster; $19.95
The Lost Quilter
By Jennifer Chiaverini
Simon and Schuster; $24
There is just something about quilts that are so comforting. The amount of time and love that goes into making them can be felt in each stitch and each piece of fabric. These emotions can be felt also through Jennifer’s Chiaverini’s ongoing series, “Elm Creek Quilters.”
The latest two books in this collection, “The Lost Quilter” and “The Quilter’s Kitchen,” are excellent examples of how anyone can pick up one of the books and not have to go back to the beginning to figure out what is happening in the storyline. Each book is an individual gem!
“The Quilter’s Kitchen” is Anna’s story. New to the Elm Creek Manor, home of the Elm Creek Quilters, Anna is the new chef and is faced right at the beginning with the renovations of the old home’s outdated kitchen. As she and Sylvia, the home’s owner, go through years of kitchen accumulation, Anna learns more about the ladies who frequent the manor and their widely varied appetites and stories. Anna finds a way to incorporate many of the delicious dishes that are important and unique to Elm Creek Manor, such as the Bergstrom Apple Strudel and Bratwurst and Apples and Onions, as well as a few signature dishes of her own.
There are over 100 recipes collected here in this slim volume, created by renowned cookbook writer Sally Sampson especially for this book. Woven into the story of the warm kitchen and the even warmer friendships that are simmered among the quilters, the combination of good food and good friends is a winner!
“The Lost Quilter,” the fourteenth book in the Elm Creek saga, is a unique story in that it involves just a mere moment in time at Elm Creek Manor, but is an important story pivotal to the series.
Set during the Civil War era, the lost quilter is Joanna, a runaway pregnant slave who at one time sought protection at Elm Creek Manor. She was discovered by slave catchers and taken back to her home in Virginia, but she never forgot the kindness shown to her by the Bergstrom family, and the lessons in quilting the women of the house shared with her.
Joanna’s new skill with needle and thread serve her well, and allows her privileges that most slaves would not have known. As she struggles to raise her son and keep them both alive during the turbulent events raging around them, Joanna finds herself in a position to help the nation – a position that she never dreamed would ever befall her.
Chiaverini’s gift for imaginative and captivating writing has earned her a well-deserved niche as a favorite in the world of women’s fiction.