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The Pudding Hollow Cookbook

Classic country cooking and colorful folk art fill the covers of The Pudding Hollow Cookbook, a tribute to a New England community that is small on population but big on flavor.

The cookbook, published by the Merry Lion Press, focuses on common rural pursuits--fairs and festivals, gardening and bake sales--as well as old-fashioned culinary traditions including puddings, pies, May baskets, rhubarb, jellies, vinegars, and maple syrup.

Pudding Hollow is a real place, a dip between hills in the hamlet of Hawley, Massachusetts. It looks much as it does in the painting on the book's cover, much as it has for more than two centuries. A few homes, the Hawley town office (a former one-room school), and a cemetery mark its landscape.

Pudding Hollow is also a place of the imagination and of the heart. To author Tinky Weisblat and to her late friend and collaborator, artist Judith Russell, the area in which both have spent many years has long represented home in a sense that goes beyond the literal.

The ties they and others feel here, both to the land and to each other, constantly renew valued American rural traditions. Pudding Hollow thus serves as a metaphor for the best in New England life and country life.

This site shares a look at the book's art and recipes. To order The Pudding Hollow Cookbook, click here. And please do contact us if you'd like further information!

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