Always Put in a Recipe and Other Tips for Living from Iowa's Best-Known Homemaker

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University of Iowa Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

In addition to writing a weekly newspaper column since 1949, native Iowan Evelyn Birkby has been a writer and broadcaster for KMA Radio and Kitchen-Klatter, part of the longest-running homemaker program in the history of radio. In 1996 she represented Iowa at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival; in 1998 she was named an Iowa Master Farm Homemaker, and in 2009 Iowa Public Television featured her in a documentary about radio homemakers. She is the author of ten books, including Neighboring on the Air: Cooking with the KMA Radio Homemakers (Iowa, 1991) and Up a Country Lane Cookbook (Iowa, 1993).


"I began to smile as soon as I started to read this collection of columns by Evelyn Birkby, gleaned from 63 years of publication in the same southwestern Iowa newspaper. The author invites us to share the everyday lives of folks in a rural community where they all had so much in common, from looking after those who were less fortunate to exchanging recipes--sometimes not successfully--and yes, there is a great recipe for fried green tomatoes. Reading these chatty columns is like having a friend you have known all your life come to visit you. Indeed, this collection serves as a conduit for bridging the gap that separates us one from another. Read it and enjoy!"--Mildred Armstrong Kalish, author, Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm during the Great Depression

"Evelyn Birkby, famous as a radio homemaker, is also the dean of Iowa newspaper columnists, having written lifestyle columns for sixty-three years without ever missing a week. This book is like Evelyn's Greatest Hits. It's also a highly entertaining folk-history of the Midwest from 1949 to the present."--Iowa writer Chuck Offenburger