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Author Peggy H. Landis celebrates life, friendship, love and food in “Kitchenary: Birth to Zucchini”

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In her personal memoir, author Peggy H. Landis harvests stories and lessons from her seventy-year journey through life. Kitchenary: Birth to Zucchini is part cookbook and part collection of stories of friendship and forgiveness, heritage and hospitality, generosity and gratitude, loss and love, and the people of a lifetime with whom she has broken bread.

Landis coins the word “Kitchenary” to link the significance of food, its flavors and aromas, to memory. Food is the theme that binds all the essays in this anthology together. Food, for the author, is not just a piece of nourishment; its scent, texture or taste can evoke something from the past. For instance, the author shares that the smoky tartness of hot bacon dressing conjures a picture of her mother gathering the early spring shoots of dandelion along the farm fencerows to make green salad. Every recollection that Landis shares is ripe with insights and lessons on life and living. Aside from personal stories, the book also includes fifty-seven recipes gathered from the author’s kitchen and from that of family and friends.

A feast for the soul and palate, Kitchenary is at once a literary celebration of life and the simple joys that it offers and a beautifully crafted story of the human spirit.

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About the Author
Peggy H. Landis was born on the eve of the Second World War on a family farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to Mennonite parents. Now in retirement, her various roles have included teacher of Latin and English, community service worker in an Idaho migrant labor camp, college administrator, and church relations representative for an insurance company. The mother of two and grandmother of three, she lives in Virginia with her college professor husband, Jay, to whom she has been married for more than fifty years.

Kitchenary * by Peggy H. Landis
Birth to Zucchini
Publication Date: January 31, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 286 pages; 978-1-4797-8350-2
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 286 pages; 978-1-4797-8351-9
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-8352-6

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