Announcing ... The Little Women Cookbook

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Announcing: Recipes from Little Women

Hello friends. I’m very happy to tell you about my next project, The Little Women Cookbook. It’s coming out this October 1st, in advance of a new film version of the movie, starring two of today’s most gifted actors, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, in the leading roles. Oh, and if that’s not enough, Meryl Streep is in it, too (!).

Here’s my “elevator speech” about the book:

The Little Women Cookbook celebrates the scrumptious and comforting food that play a prominent role in Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women. Recipes include Blanc-Mange, Apple Turnovers, Vanilla Butter Cookies with Mr. Bhaer’s Chocolate Drops, Amy’s “Pickled Lime” Sugar Cookies, Hannah’s Turnovers, Hannah’s Pounded Potatoes, Captivating Little Tarts, Jo’s Gingerbread Cake, and other breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes inspired by the foods that the March family and their friends enjoyed throughout the book, plus more recipes from the time period. The book also holds fascinating insights into the way Americans cooked and dined during the era of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Fans of Little Women — both the book and the upcoming film version starring Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, and Emma Watson — will love recreating these heirloom recipes for friends and family. Author Wini Moranville, an established cookbook author and veteran food writer and editor, has ensured that each recipe calls on a straightforward instructions and easy-to-find ingredients. Combining modern ease with the warmth and spirit of yesteryear’s cooking, Wini has ensured that the recipes beloved by the March family will become your favorites, too.

Let me tell you — I had a blast researching and writing about foods from the book and time period. The testing + eating = pure joy. I’ll share some of my more fascinating discoveries in future posts (e.g.: Did you know that exotic spices were thing in the Marches’s time? Sriracha sauce has nothing on some of the condiments of their time).

Here are a few images from the book (Yes! There will be photos!)

Hannah’s Cottage Pie, Amy’s Cream Puffs, Fruit + Nut TriflePink and White Ice Cream, Hannah’s Turnovers, Blanc-Mange

I’ll leave you with a few images from my recipe testing … they’re not nearly as pretty as the photos from the book, but they do tell a good story, I think.

Every morning, Hannah, the March family’s Irish cook, bakes hot turnovers for the sisters to help them keep their hands warm on the way to work and school. Here, then, are Hannah’s Turnovers (before being turned over and baked, of course!). Savory cheese-butter crust with a dot of sweet jam filling. Oh my.


Mr. Bhaer always brings Meg’s twins chocolate drop candies. And so, I made these treats into “Vanilla Cookies with Mr. Bhaer’s Chocolate Drops.” So. Good.


Remember all the trouble that Amy gets into when she brings pickled limes to school? These “Pickled Lime” Sugar Cookies are a tip of the hat to that little fiasco.

There are many more recipes that honor the honest and gratifying food of that book and time period. Got any questions? Ask them below! And thanks for your consideration.

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