by Peggy Ann Shifflett, 2006.
In her second book, Shifflett chronicles the seasonal quest for food to feed the families in Hopkins Gap, a small Appalachian community. She follows the seasons beginning in February with the appearance of wild “creasy” greens and weaves the story of Moms and Dads as they filled the cellars with jars of fruits and vegetables. The story winds down in November with “bringing in the meat” by hunting wild game and hog butchering.
At the end of the book, Shifflett brings all the food to the table at supper time where Appalachian culture is demonstrated as the meal is consumed. She includes examples of how Appalachian culture was impacted by global events.
“Your senses will fill with aromas and tastes when you partake of Mom’s Family Pie. . . . This book is about the culture of food; food becomes the medium in which to learn about a remarkable group of people.” Stevan R. Jackson, Ph. D., Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Virginia Tech.
Paperback, 200 pages, with photographs and footnotes.