A Lick and a Promise:
Relaxing Recipes and Wise Words

by Patricia B. Mitchell

A Lick and a Promise

50 quick-to-prepare recipes accompanied by food-related quotes from luminaries of the past. Published 1994. 36 pages. 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Soft cover, saddle-stitched. ISBN-10: 0-925117-74-9. ISBN-13: 978-0-925117-74-8.


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About the Book

Published in 1994 by food writer Patricia B. Mitchell, A Lick and a Promise contains 50 recipes from her own repertoire of main dishes, breakfasts, salad dressings, breads, and desserts. Chosen for their speed of preparation, as well as for being inexpensive and flavorful, the recipes include “French Country Chicken,” “Cornucopia Sausage Supper,” “Speecy-Spicy Italian Eggs,” “Easy Greek Salad Dressing,” “Sour Cream Drop Biscuits,” and “Ice Cream Pie.”

Quotations from historical and literary figures including Pliny the Elder, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Wolfe, and Fannie Farmer provide accompanying food for thought.

When this book was published, Patricia Mitchell and her husband Henry had been operating their bed-and-breakfast in Virginia for nine years. Patricia had written several small cookbooks so her guests could have the recipes they had been enjoying at her breakfast and dinner table. Then she found her readers were also interested in the recipes she was preparing for her own family; A Lick and a Promise was one of several cookbooks which resulted. In the meantime, she was creating yet another category of books: recipes and narratives involving specific periods, ethnicities, and regionalities of food history, for distribution through museums (those became her widely-known Inkling Series).

A Lick and a Promise went out of print in 1997. After receiving many requests during the intervening years for copies of this and her other early recipe collections, Patricia is making them available again here in the Keeping Room Series of old favorites, for the enjoyment of her readers.

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