Bentleyville, PA (PressExposure) June 17, 2011 -- For Immediate Release
Announcing the release of the book "I Grew Up in Southwestern Pennsylvania Cookbook".
In 1982 I went to Florida after high school graduation. The steel mills and coal mines at that time were at their all-time low. Jobs were very scarce especially for a high school graduate. This was the first time I had ever been out of Southwestern Pennsylvania. I walked into the deli of a Winn-Dixie supermarket and said to the deli attendant there "Do yinz have any Isaly's chipped ham?" The deli attendant looked confused and said "Yinz? Isaly's? Chipped ham?" Well needless to say he was quite confused and so was I. This was the beginning of this unique book many years ago. Until then I really never knew how unique Southwestern Pennsylvania was. I lived in Florida for a while and all it did was elevate my appreciation for my home. I discovered that it wasn't just the food or the vocabulary that set this area apart but the people, creative people who enjoyed the simple life. The people of this area have been through tough times and have the scars to prove it. The scars have produced character and that coupled with being in the melting pot of Pennsylvania has created a unique kind of people. The way they live and appreciate the simple life is to be envied.
This is more than a cookbook it is also a stroll back into the childhood of those of us who grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The book is full of facts, writings and photos of Southwestern Pennsylvania with over 200 recipes collected over many years from those who grew up in this region. Contents: Recipes from Old and New from Pittsburgh Pizza, Wedding Soup, Flitch, Saurerbraten and recipes adapted from Primanti's, Kennywood and PNC Park and Isaly's Chipped Ham. Over 100 Vintage Photos. Recipes for Tailgating, Wild Game and more. Each Recipe Page has Trivia About Southwestern Pennsylvania plus Poems, Memories and Many Added Extras.
The beauty of the rolling hills and meadows, the smells captured in a warm breeze on a spring day and the taste of a homegrown tomato, sandwiched in between two pieces of Grandma's homemade bread can take you back to a moment in time that you would've otherwise forgotten. The sights, sounds and smells bid you come and they never fail to remind you that you grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Spiral-bound: 235 pages
Publisher: Enjoy Life Publications; First Edition (2011)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 2 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces