Pudding Hollow is a real place, a dip between hills in the hamlet of Hawley, Massachusetts. It looks much as it does on the cover of The Pudding Hollow Cookbook, much as it has for more than two centuries. A few homes, the Hawley town office (a former one-room schoolhouse), and a cemetery mark its landscape. Pudding Hollow is also a place of the imagination and of the heart. To author Tinky Weisblat and to her late friend and collaborator, folk artist Judith Russell, the area has long represented home in a sense that goes beyond the literal. The ties hilltown dwellers feel there, both to the land and to each other, constantly renew valued American rural traditions. Pudding Hollow thus serves as a metaphor for the best in New England life and country life. The Pudding Hollow Cookbook takes its shape from the New England seasons. It begins with the pinkly tinted winter, which finds Tinky Weisblat and her neighbors hunkering down by the fire with a bowl of stew or soup. It touches on the amber riches of maple syrup in mud season, the versatility of rhubarb and berries as the sun gets higher, the competitions and celebrations of fairs and festivals in the warm days of summer and autumn, and the unstoppability of gourds as the sun begins to recede. It then returns to warm indoor pleasures with pies and puddings. Weisblat’s introductions and stories share the spirit of community that still thrives in portions of the rural United States. The simple-to-prepare recipes include old standbys like onion soup and zucchini bread, traditional New England fare like Indian pudding and Graham bread, and more diverse dishes such as satay and colcannon. Russell’s homey, colorful paintings add to the warmth and flavor of the recipes and stories, making The Pudding Hollow Cookbook an ideal gift for lovers of folk art and rural scenery as well as for fans of country cookery. The book uses history, humor, and imagination to bring a little corner of New England to the wider audience it deserves.