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“Books,” Ensign, June 1972, 79


Our Pioneer Heritage
By Kate B. Carter
Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 581 pp., illustrated, $5.00

With this, her fourteenth volume of pioneer lore and history, Kate B. Carter continues her efforts to preserve in detail the stories of events and people in Utah’s settlement.

Against the background of the social, economic, and political conditions of the times, this volume recounts, among many other things, the founding and early growth of the Relief Society, temple building, the influence of the railroad, woman suffrage, newspapers, and the founding of a university.

There is emphasis on the human emotions, on the happiness and tragedy that marked the development of the territory and its people; and there is a chapter devoted to pioneer love stories.

The sketches are entertaining in themselves and fascinating because they contribute to the sum total of a great heritage.

Beginnings of Interior Environment
By Phyllis S. Allen
Brigham Young University Press, 298 pp.,illustrated, $8.95 paperback, $12.95 hardbound

Never before has there been greater interest in home decorating than at the present time. Never before has there been greater awareness of the home environment and its contribution to the happiness and unity of the family.

Beginning with a brief history of sixteenth-century traditional heritage homes, this book outlines the many changes that have taken place to the present time in interior finishing and furnishing ideas.

As a basic design source book, it offers a varied selection of ideas in floor plans, space utilization, colors, textures, fabrics, floor coverings, and draperies.

Beginnings of Interior Environment is so organized that the book may be used as a classroom text or as a guide for a homemaker in selecting plans for interiors. The book contains thirty-two color plates and hundreds of photographs and drawings.

The author is a design consultant and instructor in interior design at Brigham Young University.

From Malaga to the Mountain
By Robert E. Jones
Jones & Holt, 352 pp., $5.95

The documented background of this novel lends a great deal of credibility to the biography of Matilda Pool, a young English girl born in Spain, who left her home and family to answer the call of the gospel in the Rocky Mountains of the American West.

A story of dedication and high adventure, of warm human interest, this book presents an understanding picture of a family torn by religious conflict, and of Matilda, in her intense loneliness, coping with the privations of frontier life.

The book points out interesting accounts of the immigration system organized by President Brigham Young, which helped converts from the time they left their homes until they were settled in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. At dockside, on sailing vessels, at the mouth of the Mississippi River on river boats, and in wagon train staging areas, capable people were there to counsel the travelers and make arrangements for the continuation of their journeys.

The continuity of the saga, told through the story of Matilda, offers insight into the total experience of the pioneer immigrants.

Make a Treat with Wheat
By Hazel Richards
Hawkes Publications, 66 pp., $1.95 (spiral bound)

Those who are interested in recipes using stone-ground wheat flour, cracked wheat, and whole wheat will find here over 100 ways to use grain in recipes that vary from breads to cakes, puddings to casseroles.

This is a timely subject today, when so many people are interested in the health-preserving powers of wheat.

Typical of the recipes in this book is this one:


1 cup shortening

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

2 3/4 cups sifted whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream together shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, soda, and salt, and add to creamed mixture. Mix well. Roll into balls the size of a walnut and roll each ball in a mixture of 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 400° F. for 8 to 10 minutes.

Publishers Reviewed

Brigham Young University Press, Provo, Utah 84106.

Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, 300 North Main, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.

Jones and Holt, 128 South Fourth Street, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hawkes Publications, Box 8224, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108.