Cookbooks That Help you Make
Delicious Meals Every Time

Delicious Meals Don’t Have to be Complicated

“Every recipe that I have made from this book has been delicious
and my picky family will eat each
meal every time.”
– A Happy Customer

Become a Pro in the Kitchen & Garden

“Without question THE best book
on everything you need to know
about produce. Harvesting,
[planting] times, canning, recipes
of every kind imaginable.”
– Satisfied Customer

Simplify Your Cooking

“This is one of my top five favorite cookbooks…

…but most importantly to me:
the recipes consistently result
in delicious meals.” 

– A Happy Customer

Bring Back Grandma’s Good Cooking

“These recipes are so good. Grandma really knows how to cook.” -Patty D.

“I love old recipes and this cookbook is filled with them. Some I remember from my childhood. A must buy.” -Jan C.

Great Cookbooks Come
From Humble Beginnings

One evening in March of 1987, Elsie Hoover sat copying recipes into a three-ring binder. Suddenly, she had this inspiration to compile a cookbook, and decided to call her sister Virginia to see if she would be interested in helping her put it together. She agreed to help, and so the two of them sent out letters to friends and relatives asking if they wanted to share recipes. The response was overwhelming. Approximately 170 contributors sent around 1500 recipes. Recipes that were similar were combined until the number was whittled down to around 1000 recipes. After the first printing, the empty spots were filled in with 100 more recipes, which brought the total to over 1100 recipes.

In 1999, Virginia and her husband LaVerne, sold their half of the partnership to Ray and Elsie Hoover and some of their children. In 2005, The Basics & More Cookbook received its first major revision, when approximately 200 new recipes were added, along with more subcategories and a more thorough index.
The Basics & More Cookbook was the first of four cookbooks. In 1997, the Hoover family compiled The Practical Produce Cookbook to complement their produce business. Then, in 2002, they put together the Grandma’s Recipes cookbook from their grandmothers’ recipe collections using recipes from the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. In 2012, a fourth cookbook, titled Simply Seven, which is a compilation of recipes using seven ingredients or less, was added.

The inspiration behind these cookbooks was Elsie. After a bout with breast cancer in 1997, she was considered cancer free for almost twelve years until it returned with a vengeance in 2009. In her acknowledgment page in the 2005 revision of The Basics & More Cookbook, she penned these words: “Above all we want to thank God for His blessings to us. We thank Him especially that He made the way possible so we, through Jesus, can someday join Him in Heaven – where we will no longer hunger or thirst.” That became a reality for Elsie on July 24, 2010.
With the exception of the first several printings of The Basics & More Cookbook, Little Mountain Printing, Inc. has produced these cookbooks in their entirety. All of the cookbooks have enjoyed multiple printings and providential success, especially, The Basics & More Cookbook which continues to be a favorite of both experienced and novice cooks. This time of working together with the Hoover family has been a real blessing. These cookbooks have become permanent fixtures in our manufacturing facility.

In 2019, this relationship with the Hoovers entered a new phase as discussions began about a possible purchase. These discussions led to Little Mountain Printing, Inc., purchasing the copyrights and ownership of the four cookbooks, The Basics & More Cookbook, Practical Produce, Grandma’s Recipes and Simply Seven, in early 2020. With the increasing demand of consumers for full color graphics, varying trends in paper stock and its availability, and the transition to new ownership, the time was right to implement some cosmetic changes. Our graphic designers rose to the challenge to create new covers that would bring the four cookbooks together as a set, but still accentuate the uniqueness that sets them apart. In the process, every effort was made to keep things simple and user-friendly. None of the recipes have been altered or changed.

Over time, these cookbooks have proven to be a handy reference for many wives and mothers as they prepare meals for their families. It is the goal of Little Mountain Printing, Inc., to continue the vision that began with an inspiration many years ago. We echo the sentiment that “Above all, we thank God for His blessings to us.”
The staff,
Little Mountain Printing, Inc.

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