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Kentucky Cookery

Lovers of Kentucky heritage and Kentucky critters have a pair of cookbooks to choose from.

Chicken Poodle Soup offers more than 600 recipes to benefit the Wolf Run Wildlife Refuge and Educational Facility in Nicholasville. The refuge rehabilitates and houses injured and abandoned animals including cougars, llamas, monkeys, pigs, bunnies, and coyotes. It’s open for visitors on weekends for $3 a person and for large groups by appointment during the week. It also offers educational programs.

Chicken Poodle Soup covers a wide range of appetizers, breads, soups, salads, casseroles, vegetables, meats, and desserts.

The 266-page book sells for $16 and is available by visiting or contacting the refuge. Several local businesses also sell the book and the refuge can tell you if it’s available in your area. You can write the refuge at 7376 Old U.S. 27 South, Nicholasville, KY 40356, phone (859) 887-2256, e-mail, or visit the Web site at

A Kentucky Gathering, Recipes & Remembrances features favorite recipes, along with folklore, poetry, and stories from generations of Kentuckians. Kimberly Mitchell and Judith Ralph have divided their cookbook by months with seasonal recipes, along with drawings, photographs, whimsy, advice, and memories like this one from Ruby Ralph: “Tie a dirty wool sock around your neck for a sore throat—the dirtier the better.”

Recipes include Batter Dipped Frog Legs, Fried Green Tomatoes, Flaky Homemade Biscuits, Grandma Wright’s Meatloaf, and Harvest Spice Apple Crisp.

The 159-page book, published by McClanahan Publishing House in Kuttawa, retails for $19.95. For more information phone (270) 233-4274 or (270) 233-4237, write Hen House Press, 4341 Hawesville Road, Reynolds Station, KY 42368, or e-mail

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