Heirloom Cooking With the Brass Sisters

Recipes You Remember and Love


By Marilynn Brass

By Sheila Brass

Photographs by Andy Ryan

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Authors of Heirloom Baking and James Beard Award finalists Marilynn and Sheila Brass launched a whole new cookbook category with their “heirloom” baking recipes. Now they turn their culinary skills to the rest of the menu, presenting delicious, savory, and timeless heirloom dishes collected over decades and updated for the modern kitchen.

Marilynn and Sheila Brass have spent a lifetime collecting handwritten “manuscript cookbooks” and “living recipes.” Heirloom Cooking collects and skillfully updates 135 of the very best of these, which together represent nearly 100 years of the best-loved and most delicious dishes from all over North America. The oldest recipes date back to the late 1800s, and every decade and a wide variety of ethnicities are captured here.

The book is divided into sections including Starters; Salads; Vegetables; Breads; Main Dishes including Lamb, Beef, Veal, Pork, Fish, Chicken, and Turkey; Vegetarian; and — of course — Dessert. As they did in Heirloom Baking, the Brass sisters include the wonderful stories behind the recipes, and once again, lush photography is provided by Andy Ryan.


  • "Sisters Marilynn and Sheila Brass have revived dozens of recipes that represent decades of home-cooked comfort food?presenting [an] edible history in this handsome volume."

  • "Their cooking expertise is difficult to dispute."
  • "We fell in love with the Brass Sisters at first sight?.[Heirloom Cooking] reads more like an exploration of a cookbook from your grandma?s attic, full of warm memories and cozy notations."

  • "If you have a hankering for cherished old-time recipes, you?ll appreciate the new "Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters?a fun nostalgic read ? and doable recipes, too."

  • Selected "Best Outside the Box" cookbook! "One look at [The Brass Sisters?] book and them on the cover and we know we?d like to be cooking in the kitchen with them."

On Sale
Jan 6, 2014
Page Count
285 pages

Marilynn Brass

About the Author

Marilynn Brass and Sheila Brass are home cooks with more than 119 years of experience between them. They have appeared in their own television cooking specials including The Brass Sisters Holiday on the Cooking Channel and The Brass Sisters: Queens of Comfort Food on WGBH, the PBS affiliate in Boston. They have also been guests on the Food Network’s Bobby Flay’s Throwdown and on PBS’s Simply Ming, hosted by Tsai Ming. They have also made appearances on Antiques Roadshow FYI. Heirloom Baking was nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award in the category of “Baking and Dessert.” They are the authors of Heirloom Cooking with the Brass Sisters, also published by Black Dog & Leventhal.

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