When I set out to start doing cookbook reviews on a more regular basis, I contacted many publishers to see what the interest would be in my doing reviews for them. I was overwhelmed by the positive response! One of the lesser known publishers I contacted was American Traveler Press. They not only have a fun and unique set of cookbooks, but their catalog also includes Old West books, ghost books, field guides and travel books. As an old Arizona girl, I had a great time looking through their catalog.Fitting for the season, they sent me the Pumpkin Lovers Cookbook. American Travelers Press has a series of fruit, nut and vegetable cookbooks, each devoted to a single topic. They also have a series of Southwestern cookbooks, and other series on each state in the United States, Christmas cookbooks, “Grandma’s Favorites” cookbooks, vegetarian cookbooks, and general cookbooks.
The Pumpkin Lovers Cookbook is a compilation of reader submitted recipes. It includes fun snippets of pumpkin trivia amongst almost any kind of pumpkin recipe imaginable. There are 50 recipes just for pumpkin pie! There are breads, both quick and yeast, rolls, muffins, cakes, cheesecakes, cookies and bars. On the savory side, there are soups, casseroles, pasta dishes, as well as a couple of “dinner in a pumpkin” recipes that are always so much fun to make. Thrown in for good measure are some odds and ends like Dried Pumpkin, Pumpkin Butter, Pumpkin Ice Cream and a few others. I am sure that I will be bringing out this little book every Autumn from now on.I chose to make a Sweet Pumpkin Bread from the cookbook for this review. I have a ton of pumpkin recipes on this blog already, but there is not one for a tea cake or bread like this one. It got rave reviews from my family. I am always tickled at how much most of my sons like spice breads and cookies. When I was a little girl, it was very uncool to like Molasses cookies. I made sure that I made them regularly when my kids were little and now all of them love anything with a lot of cinnamon, ginger, allspice etc.
- 1½ cups sugar
- ½ cup oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1¾ cups flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ⅓ cup water
- In a bowl, stir together the sugar, oil, eggs and pumpkin.
- Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl and then add all at once to the pumpkin mixture.
- Add the water and stir.
- Pour into a greased loaf pan.
- Bake 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until tests done with a toothpick.
note: I received this cookbook for free, but all opinions in this post are my own.