Blancmange and Little Women + A Pre-Order Bonus

Blancmange with Strawberries from The Little Women Cookbook.

“ ‘That looks too pretty to eat,’ Laurie said, smiling with pleasure, as Jo uncovered the dish, and showed the blanc-mange, surrounded by a garland of green leaves, and the scarlet flowers of Amy’s pet geranium.”

Blancmange is the quintessential dessert in Little Women, and it’s one of my favorite recipes in my upcoming Little Women Cookbook. This creamy dessert is a little like a custard, but thickened with gelatin instead of eggs.

I especially love this dessert in summer when served with zippy and bright fruit sauces or fresh fruit. It does this neat trick that I love in a great dessert: It’s both rich (because it’s made with milk and cream) and refreshing (because it’s chilled and served with that bright fruit sauce).

Trouble is, my cookbook doesn’t come out until October 1st. And while there are many great autumn-worthy desserts in the book (Jo’s Gingerbread and Apple Turnovers, for instance), I think the Blancmange recipe is best right now. That is, with summer fruits or fruit sauces.

So, I’ve partnered with my publisher (Harvard Common Press/Quarto Publishing) to put together a mini e-cookbook that offers my master recipe for Blancmange with Strawberries, plus five great sauces to go with it: The five bright and zingy sauces are: Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Peach, and Cherry.

The Little Women Cookbook: Due out October 1, but you can get a taste of it if you pre-order today.

While a master recipe for blancmange with strawberries will appear in the Little Women Cookbook, the optional summery sauces will not. We simply didn’t have room to put them all in!

To get this e-cookbook (which also tells the story of Blancmange back in the days of Little Women), all you need do is pre-order The Little Women Cookbook, then send a proof of purchase (such as a screen shot of the order details OR the order confirmation email from Amazon) to 

Within one business day, you should receive the ebook. I think you’ll really enjoy it — and it will give you a taste of the kinds of recipes and historical lore you’ll find in the upcoming cookbook.

By the way: Yes — if you already bought the book, you qualify for the free e-book. Just send in your order details OR the order confirmation email from Amazon to

Also — the great thing about pre-ordering on Amazon is that you get their “Pre-Order Price Guarantee.” That means the price Amazon charges when they ship the book will be the lowest price offered by between the time you placed your order and the end of the day of the release date. Amazon’s prices fluctuate often, so ordering now is a great way to ensure you’ll get the best price.

Enjoy. And thank you for reading Chez Bonne Femme.

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