|Author||Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, Bronwen Godfrey (1976); Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, Brian Ruppenthal (1986)|
|Original title||Laurel's Kitchen (1976)|
|Publisher||Nilgiri Press; Ten Speed Press|
Laurel's Kitchen is a vegetarian cookbook, first published in 1976, that contributed to the increasing awareness of vegetarian eating in the US. Its authors were Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, and Bronwen Godfrey, and its subtitle was a handbook for vegetarian cookery & nutrition. A second edition, The New Laurel's Kitchen, was published in 1986. It had the same subtitle and the same first two authors, and Brian Ruppenthal was the new third author.
The book has sold over a million copies. The same authors have published related Laurel's Kitchen books on breadmaking and caregiving.
The book has been mentioned in many magazines. For example:
- In 1994, the Vegetarian Times, a leading magazine for vegetarians, surveyed the most admired cookbooks among a "panel of cookbook authors, food editors, and chefs." The New Laurel's Kitchen was the "clear winner" for "best cookbook for beginners" (p. 107).
- In 1978, Yoga Journal contained two reviews of Laurel's Kitchen, by different authors.
Laurel's Kitchen has also been discussed in scholarly work, as well as in reviews of scholarly work. For example:
- A book by Megan Elias (2008), published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, devoted 9 pages to analyzing the book and its place in American culture, contending that "Laurel's Kitchen was as much a lifestyle guide as it was a cookbook" (p. 153).
- A scholarly review stated that Elias "gives the renowned countercultural cookbook Laurel’s Kitchen its proper due in American history.... she sees Laurel Robertson and her comrades Carol Flinders and Bronwyn Godfrey struggling, in an intelligent and heartfelt way, against the manipulations of the market, which devalued nutritious food, meaningful domestic labor, and communal connections" (p. 417).
- A scholarly book by Mary Drake McFeely (2001) also spent several pages discussing Laurel's Kitchen, which it described as "the Fannie Farmer of vegetarian cooking" (p. 142).
Additional Laurel's Kitchen books
Several related books have been published by the same groups of authors. These books were based on a similar underlying philosophy, and also included the phrase "Laurel's Kitchen" in the title:
- Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, Bronwen Godfrey (1984). The Laurel's kitchen bread book: a guide to whole-grain breadmaking. Random House. ISBN 0-394-53700-9
- Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, Brian Ruppenthal (1993, revised edition). Laurel's kitchen recipes. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 0-89815-537-1
- Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, Brian Ruppenthal (1997). Laurel's kitchen caring: recipes for everyday home caregiving. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 0-89815-951-2
Topics covered in The New Laurel's Kitchen (1986)
- An introduction, entitled "The Work at Hand" (pp. 17–39).
- Recipes on "Breakfasts", "Lunch", "Dinner", "Soups", "Sauces", "Vegetables", "Heartier Dishes", "Grains & Beans", and "Desserts" (pp. 43–334).
- Scientifically based information on nutrition, including sections entitled "A Handbook of Nutrition" (p. 335-431), "Vitamins & Minerals" (pp. 432–442), and "Food Processing and Irradiation" (pp. 443-).
- Extensive tables of information about amounts of nutrients contained in various foods (pp. 460–488).
- Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, and Bronwen Godfrey (1976). Laurel's kitchen: a handbook for vegetarian cookery & nutrition. Berkeley, CA: Nilgiri Press. ISBN 0-915132-07-9
- Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinderss, and Bronwen Godfrey (1978). Laurel's kitchen: a handbook for vegetarian cookery & nutrition. New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-22565-0
- Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, and Bronwen Godfrey (1979). Laurel's kitchen: a handbook for vegetarian cookery & nutrition. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd. ISBN 0-7100-0281-5
- Laurel Robertson, Carol Flinders, and Brian Ruppenthal (1986). The new Laurel's kitchen: a handbook for vegetarian cookery & nutrition. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 0-89815-167-8
- Megan J. Elias (2008). Stir it up: home economics in American culture. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0-8122-4079-0. (NB: Laurel's Kitchen is discussed in pp. 152-160)
- The back cover of the 1986 edition states "over a million copies sold" (see link ).
- Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin (1994, November). Cookbooks You Can't Live Without. Vegetarian Times, pp. 106-108, accessed 8 Nov 2009.
- Freda E. Elliott (pp. 52, 64); Suza Norton Hebenstreit (pp. 53-55) (both 1978, March/April, under same title). Vegetarian Cookery at Laurel's Kitchen, issue 19.
- Elizabeth Hearne & Robert D. Johnston (2009). Raising the Roof: Science, Feminism, and Home Economics. Reviews in American History, v37 n3, pp413-419. doi:10.1353/rah.0.0121.
- Mary Drake McFeely (2001). Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?: American Women and the Kitchen in the Twentieth Century. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 1-55849-333-6 (NB: Laurel's Kitchen is discussed in pp. 141-145)